Through the early hours of May 8 it was there for all to see that what was happening in Scotland was nothing short of a revolution. At long last even the heads of the Westminster establishment are recognising it for what it is and using that word they fear the most to describe it – Revolution. Somehow, even now, they fail to see what is right in front of their eyes. Nothing of this is going to simply pack itself up and go away. The movement – the tidal wave – for full independence in Scotland is out of the box, and it is clear now more so than ever before that it is not going to stop until one of two things happen; either Scotland gains its independence and walks away from the union, or Westminster dispenses with its pretence of democracy and sends in the troops. Even in the worst case scenario here, which is, admittedly, unlikely in the extreme, it is now evident that it could not hold Scotland even with force. Put in more simple terms: Britain has had its day. It is over now, and we are in a position to call it. Scotland’s independence is now a certainty.
ALISTAIR DARLING: 'Smith Commission has been overtaken by events and won't do the business for Scotland.'—
Ùr-Fhàsaidh (@UrFhasaidh) May 11, 2015
In fairness to Alistair Darling, he knows enough about Scotland and the mood on the street that he can see that the union is in peril, but he is no longer in a position to call the shots in London. Downing Street and the Tory cabinet have been forced into a corner where they either drop everything to save Scotland for the union and lose England to the far[ther]-right, or march to the demands of a UKIP agenda, that came second in far too many English constituencies for comfort, and bid farewell to Scotland. There is an old Tory guard which, under different circumstances, might have been able to save the union, but it hasn’t been only events in Scotland that have overtaken Westminster. The very solidity of England is now showing signs of terminal fracture. This old guard, which maintained Pax Britannia under Thatcher’s iron fist, is now the voice calling out in the proverbial wilderness in a new political landscape where there are too many bigger fish to fry. At this point I am ready to predict that in ten years we will be able to look back and say that this was where Austerity finally led. The game’s a bogey.