the Scots who have destroyed the Union -so vote for the SNP.
[Daily Telegraph-January 17, 2007]
I have been trying to remember the last
time I felt British. It must be at least 15 years ago. Ironically, it
was before I wrote a book about one of the most British Scotsmen in
history, Thomas Carlyle. Here was a man who , when writing from his home
in Dumfriesshire or from Edinburgh, completed his address not with
"Scotland" but with "NB": North Britain.
In early Victorian times we were, in
the constitutional sense,
But those days are gone, and may never
It was on happy visits to Edinburgh to
research my book that I realised there was a problem.
The academics who helped me could not
have been more charming to this upstart Englishman who presumed to write
about one of their most renowned figures. But I realised Scotland
had become, since my youthful visits, a FOREIGN COUNTRY.
We English had bought into the UNION
completely. We never batted an eyelid when Scotland sent its sons to
govern us as PRIME MINISTER. In my lifetime there has been Macmillan and
Home, and in the decades before that Rosebury, Campbell-Bannerman,
Balfour and the Ulster Scot Bonar Law.
However, once the Scots were made,
thanks to the evils of democracy, to be ruled by a radical Englishwomen,
Margaret Thatcher, they seemed to decide that, after all,
self-government might be better.
THAT was the mental state in which I
found them in the early 1990's. Instinctively, I didn't blame them. None
of us, realising a NATIONAL IDENTITY of our OWN, wishes to be ruled by
what we regard as a FOREIGN POWER.
One reason I regard Gladstone as one of
our greatest leaders is that he realised, in the teeth of opposition
from a bovine Tory party and some of his supporters, the impossibility
of coercing Ireland. I detected a movement in Scotland that would demand
Home Rule; and since the notion of English troops enforcing the UNION on
the streets of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen was unthinkable, it
occurred to me that they had better have it.
Factors other than Mrs Thatcher helped
the Scots towards this new sensibility. They had not merely been
England's partner in EMPIRE, they had led the drive for it: and once
EMPIRE was OVER, the shared British project had rather less purpose to
There was, though, one very strong
reason to keep up membership, and that was the huge annual subsidy paid
by the English to the Scots: around £11 billion currently. One
reason Scotland hated Mrs Thatcher was that she was inimical to its
addiction to WELFARISM.
So it was clear, even before Labour
came to power in 1997, that a new accommodation would have to be
reached. It may be an act of ECONOMIC-STRATEGIC and POLITICAL MADNESS
for the Scots to wish to break up the
marital home: But grown -ups have to be allowed to make even the most
awful mistakes, for they are often the only way of learning what is,
Labour thought, though that it had hit
upon the ideal solution: a halfway house between marriage and divorce, a
form of bigamy called
The old spouse remains at Westminster,
deals with big issues affecting the family, and pays most the bills.
The lover, though, is set up in luxury in Edinburgh, and is there to
indulge those selfish little impulses that make one feel free of serious
Inevitably, though the spouse's family,
on learning of the arrangement, start to find reasons to dispute it: and
when told that there can be no disputation become resentful.
Devolution was offered to the Scots in
1997.They accepted it. Their own parliament began work in 1999. It
remains an ongoing mechanism to extract money from the ENGLISH.
The English have no say in how it is
spent. The Scots, however retain (through 50 MPs at Westminster) a say
in how the money of English taxpayers is spent on English public
This preposterous inequity has for
eight years been shrugged off by LABOUR
-English as well as Scots - and
the ENGLISH have had ENOUGH.
Be in no doubt: the self-serving and
meretricious argument Gordon Brown advanced in this newspaper last
Saturday about the UNION was designed purely to sustain his campaign to
secure legitimacy for a Scotsmen sitting for a Scottish seat, being
Prime Minister of England.
Even before he can reach that eminence
the Scots will hold a parliamentary election, on
-and the Scottish National Party may
well win. If it does, it has promised a referendum on
WERE such a plebiscite to succeed Mr
Brown would be FINISHED unless he could find a seat in England, or
unless he scaled down his ambition and became leader of the OPPOSITION
in the People's Republic of Scotland. Since running a bad-weather theme
park, or the Albania of Western Europe, is perhaps beneath him,
NO WONDER HE IS PLEADING FOR THE UNION.
Yet, as many of our readers have been
quick to point out, he is the author of his own potential misfortune. He
was prominent in Cabinet that drove devolution, thinking the half-way
house would satisfy everyone.
HE WAS WARNED IT WOULDN'T
-but as usual, HE KNEW BETTER.
Those who have had a taste of POWER now
want MORE of IT -as I have written here before, genies are hard to put
back in the bottles. And those who are paying for it. and who are
democratically disadvantaged by it -
-are justly aggrieved, and wish to be
governed on the same terms.
THAT IS WHY to many ENGLISH PEOPLE
"BRITISHNESS" means nothing other than a series of (often quite
glorious) historical facts. "Britain" to me, is now simply a
THE ENGLISH HAVE NOT DESTROYED
THE SCOTS HAVE
-and that was their right.
Mr Brown's piece reminded me of those rather sad and
romantic old men with military moustaches used to bang on about "The
Empire" well into the 1960's. His banging on about the "UNION" is every
bit as anachronistic, and as FUTILE.
Whether out of BLINKEREDNESS,
STUPIDITY or CYNICISM he simply DOESN'T REALISE what is going on in
ENGLAND or in HIS OWN COUNTRY.
The process LABOUR started with
DEVOLUTION -a stupid piece of CONSTITUTIONAL VANDALISM that is likely to
have no equal in the HISTORY of these ISLANDS -now demands what
psychologists call 'CLOSURE'.
Scotland is overdue for its
confrontation with reality. It is a grown -up nation, and cannot go on
being the dependent relative.
The English must be allowed the same
democratic rights as the Scots. If this means there is never a
Labour government at Westminster again, because of the loss of Scottish
lobby -fodder, then that is a blow we shall have to bear.
In 1997, at the time of the
referendum on devolution, the correct choice to offer -as Gladstone
wanted to with the Irish in 1886-was Home Rule.
Did the Scots wish to be
INDEPENDENT or NOT?
But out of the COWARDNESS and SELF
-PRESERVATION Labour did not give them that choice, preferring to set up
INEQUALITIES and to BLEED the ENGLISH taxpayerWHITE.
THAT choice must now be put to the
SCOTS again, to lance the boil and take the heat out of the growing
resentment and anger of the ENGLISH.
AND THAT IS WHY IN MY VERY
HUMBLE OPINION ALL SENSIBLE SCOTS SHOULD VOTE
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