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By Jason Michael
THE WORST THING about the Conservative Party’s annual conference is that we are forced to see and hear more from Conservatives. Allow me for a moment to be perfectly honest. I loathe the Conservative Party and everything it represents. Hate is not too strong a word to describe my feelings towards it. My distaste for the Tories and toryism is personal. It’s visceral. They disgust me. We have been repeatedly warned off using words like ‘traitor’ and ‘quisling’ to describe them. But I suspect those who would prefer we use more diplomatic language are the quislings within our own movement; the self-proclaimed luminaries of independence whose social backgrounds are closer to those of David Mundell and Ross Thomson than to mine or any other working class independentista. I have no problem calling Conservatives traitors.
British Conservatives are slaves to the basest of human motivations – selfishness and greed. As a political ideology, toryism is dedicated to preserving the wealth and privilege of the class it serves; ensuring its wealth is protected and increased regardless of the cost to the rest of society. It is a form of corruption that soaks up resources, impoverishing millions, as it legislates loopholes to keep the wealth of the nation out of the hands of the people who produce it. Like an economic cancer, toryism is the politics of the foodbank, the parish workhouse, and the poorhouse. Conservatives are traitors not only to their society, they are traitors to their species.
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The Times Scotland (@thetimesscot) October 01, 2018
Right now, after having overwhelmingly rejected Brexit, the people of Scotland are looking down the barrel of being dragged out of the European Union against their will. We know what Brexit is all about. It has nothing whatsoever to do with reclaiming control, British independence from Brussels, or any of the lies that were told during the EU referendum campaign. Brexit is about reclaiming Britain for the British establishment, giving it again the freedom to do as it pleases to the working people of the United Kingdom without unwanted interference. Human rights, the welfare state, the NHS, decent pay and working conditions, and the essential services are already lined up against the wall waiting for the execution order. The masters of Britain are preparing to deliver a death blow to this society that will send our heads flying into the middle of next week.
Brexit, like Thatcher’s City of London project, needs to be financed however, and that’s where Scotland comes in – the same reason Thatcher needed Scotland; oil and gas. We have been lined up to bankroll the Great British Brexit. We are not going to be asked nicely, and you are dreaming if you think there will be thanks. Scotland’s resources have always been at the disposal of the English government and that theft – considering England can’t afford Brexit without it – is going to continue. London is not going to put up with our talk of independence any longer.
When Ruth Davidson said that we would not be permitted another independence referendum until 2027, what she means – in case you are in any doubt – is that there will be no independence referendum for Scotland so long as the Tories remain in power. As long as the Tories remain in power? But the Tories are not in power in Scotland. Scotland’s pro-British Conservatives do not even hold a quarter of the seats in the Scottish parliament. They have no claim to the democratic consent of the Scottish people – they are a minority party. But – and of course – this is not what Ruth Davidson means when she speaks of her party in power. She’s talking about her party being in power in London – in the English parliament. What she means is Scotland will have no referendum on independence so long as the Tories remain in power in England, even if that power is over and against the democratic will of the people of Scotland. Ruth Davidson wants to impose power over us.
Davidson wants to starve Scotland into submission. In 2027 – almost a decade into Britain’s new isolation – Scotland will be a wilderness. Delaying independence so as to fuel Brexit with Scotland’s resources will break Scotland’s back. That is what it is designed to do. We will be driven so far into an economic black-hole that we will think the current poverty of Scotland a paradise. In 2027 – if their plan works – the spirit of Scotland will be broken, and that’s not impossible for them to do. We cannot give them that time. We have to prove Ruth wrong.
Sure, we have a triple mandate for another referendum. But I’m not alone in suspecting that will be allowed to expire in the hope of gaining a fresh one, then another, then another… wash, rinse, repeat. What we have is a mandate that must be used. In good faith the people of Scotland voted for that mandate. It belongs to them and not to the Scottish government. It was in good faith the Scottish parliament voted to begin the process of another referendum, and now it must be pressed. Westminster won’t allow it – of course it won’t. But we won’t be asking. We will be telling the British government what we want and what we are going to do, and we are going to do exactly as we have said we will do. If London wants to play hard, then we will play hard.
The time has come for us to be more forceful, more militant in our march to independence. The longer we now wait, the more difficult things will become. Brexit Britain is an unstable Britain, and unstable states are dangerous and unpredictable states. The more unstable Britain becomes the more dangerous things will get for us. This is why we must move now and be prepared to stand up to the Tories and the British state, being determined not to sit back down until we have gotten exactly what we want. The time of Scotland being told what it can and cannot do has ended.
Starvation in Glasgow