By Jason Michael
What could be wrong with a baby box for every child in Scotland, regardless of who their parents are and how much they earn? The answer is: Quite a lot actually. Our gift to the future has exposed the truly dark and spiteful underbelly of Scottish unionism.
When I wrote about the introduction of Finnish baby boxes for this month’s iScot Magazine, writing that there is “no faulting the desire to give all of our children a better start in life,” I was completely unprepared for the backlash the initiative received from Scotland’s unionists when it was rolled out on New Year’s Day. How could a policy designed to benefit newborn babies – addressing the serious problems of infant mortality and childhood poverty – provoke such a vitriolic reaction? While it sickens me to the stomach, part of me – as a social scientist – understands the hostility of Scotland’s comfortable middle-class unionists towards what they perceive to be an underclass and working-class dominated independence movement, I am left confused as to why they would vent their frustration and rage at the most innocent of the innocent in our current social conflict.
The "Baby Box" is for me representative of something the SG is very adept at: symbolic progressivism. They've taken an idea from a country..—
Peter Matthews (@urbaneprofessor) January 01, 2017
On the surface we have journalists the likes of David Torrance whose criticism of this dangerous idea is at best vague. It is not an exact replica of the scheme as it exists in Finland, he comments, and thus it must be considered a greater threat to the life and wellbeing of the child than the way things are right now. Rather than wishing his Twitter followers a happy and prosperous 2017, his message on 1 January was a retweet from a self-confessed Edinburgh “smutlord” pontificating about the “symbolic progressivism” of an idea that has been shown to save lives and improve life chances. Torrance hides his motives well, and we are left wondering what symbolic gifts Santa left under his tree.
16mm (@Vortex3894) January 02, 2017
Baby boxes? Do these people not get enough handed to them on a plate already? How about here's some stuff for not adding to overpopulation.—
sapphie burry (@SapphieB) January 01, 2017
Looking closer at the Twitter storm, however, a predictable pattern emerges from Torrance’s less guarded social media constituency. At its heart there is the same old class-based prejudice. The comfortable No-voting social élite don’t need cardboard boxes filled with essentials for mum and baby to help level the playing field, and to them this is little more than a boon to the very people from whom they would rather take the vote – Scotland’s “pleb element.” Yes, these Scots of lesser value are such a threat to them that they feel the irresistible need to cull their young. “These people,” they sneeringly say, “get enough handed to them.” It would seem that the Christmas story has been so lost to them in their terror of a fairer future that they have turned to the Passover tale of pharaoh setting out to kill the firstborn of the slaves who have become too numerous. Sapphie Burry from Invergordon actually suggested that this worthless social detritus be given “stuff for not adding to overpopulation.”
Burns wrote a great poem to a new born child. Instead the Nats chose one by a woman from Bishopbriggs writing doggerel. I wonder why?—
Ian Smart (@ianssmart) January 02, 2017
Not only was the mere existence of these defenceless babies a source of disgust to these armchair genocidal maniacs, the fact that they have a language – “doggerel,” as one “lefty lawyer and Scottish Labour Party hack” Ian Smart put it – gives them the heebie jeebies. It’s alright for the privileged of Scotland to quote Burns and have Lallans words printed on their novelty mugs, but when it is treated as the living language that it is it quickly becomes a source of shame and embarrassment – a reminder of the cultural inferiority complex they have bought from our colonial masters. Of course I want to draw this blog post to a close with an expletive or two addressed to them, but I won’t. They are so utterly colonised of mind and spirit that they would wish nothing but the death of the minds and bodies of our babies. They are a curse unto themselves. That is enough reward.
Author: Jason Michael (@Jeggit)