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By Jason Michael
It was disappointing but not at all unexpected to see this evening that the hashtag #FuckOffScotland was trending south of the border. Our Brexit supporting neighbours have had some hard truths about the nature of our political union to swallow this week, and it seems they don’t much like it. The Court of Session in Edinburgh – which we have been led to believe is the highest court in the country – ruled on the case SNP MP Joanna Cherry brought against the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend the Westminster parliament, determining that Boris Johnson had lied to Mrs Saxe-Coburg und Gotha and that the prorogation of the House of Commons was unlawful. Now our Brexiteer friends are faced with another case in Scotland in which Johnson may be forced to seek an extension or face having the Scottish court do it for him. Only in theory can I say that I place any stock in the rule of law. In a state like Britain, firmly in the grasp of a powerful ruling establishment, the law can only ever be the mechanism by which that dominant class maintains power. But, having said this, so long as the dominant class is a house divided – as it is, then the law may be of some use to us insofar as it serves the interests of another faction of the British ruling class.
We have our suspicions, therefore, that when the decision of the Edinburgh Court goes to London, to the Supreme Court – the actual legal authority over Scotland, that once again we will be humiliated and reminded of our subaltern rank in the union. Still, for the moment at least, nothing of this is important. What matter for the now is that England has been reminded of the theory of parity; that Scotland and England are equal partners in the union of Great Britain – that both the High Court in London and the Court of Session have parity of esteem before the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in London. And this reminder has them frothing at the mouth.
Jason Michael (@Jeggit) September 13, 2019
For perhaps the first time in over three centuries the angry man on the street in London has been forced to accept that – in theory – the Scottish people and Scots Law can rip from him his assumption of his dominance over Scotland. In theory, we have the power to derail and stop Brexit, and this has predictably provoked him to rage. The response, if anything, demonstrates the utter lack in England of any semblance of self-reflection; telling Scotland to ‘fuck off’ when the majority in Scotland want to do just that. Outsiders looking in must be awfully confused at a situation where one part of Britain looks to be battling another, but for the independentista in Scotland this is a moment of sheer and unadulterated delight – we are seeing in glorious technicolour the connection between Brexit and support for independence; the more London presses for a hard no-deal exit from Europe, the more in Scotland come to the realisation that Scotland’s interests are better served with independence. We are also seeing this same effect not only in the six counties and Wales, but in England too.
In Belfast, the DUP is terrified of a general election. The majority in the six counties rejected leaving Europe in the EU referendum and polls suggest that, in the event of a hard Brexit, the majority of ordinary voters in the province would prefer to have a reunified Ireland. Our Welsh cousins have taken to marching for independence, and the country has now reached a level of support for independence – 41 per cent – higher than was reached by Scotland before we had our first independence referendum in 2014. On 18 September 2014 we topped out – if you believe the result was fair – at 45 per cent, a percentage Wales will likely reach now even before it secures a Cardiff Agreement for its own Section 30 order. It’s the first time in my life I’ve wished I was Welsh 🤣. Brexit is causing havoc for the British state – and it’s beautiful.
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Irish Unity (@IrishUnity) September 11, 2019
But the greatest miracle by far is the impact this dire mess is having on English politics. Securing a Leave vote in the Brexit referendum has given our English neighbours a taste for the independence buzz, and – with Scotland giving them heartburn – they want independence from us; that’s what this ‘fuck off Scotland’ is all about. It’s almost an encouragement for us to let them have Nigel Farage. Before the Brexit crisis, Irish unification seemed a distant dream, Wales was languishing somewhere around 20 per cent for independence, and here in Scotland we were struggling to move the polls any further north than the 45 we reached half a decade ago.
What puzzles me the most in all this is why the Scottish National Party has insisted on fighting Brexit when it has been so obvious from the beginning that Brexit is the key to our independence and the ignition swift to the total meltdown of the British state. Seldom in the real world is a social and political cause handed such a gift, and here were we in Scotland kissing the damn thing in the mouth. I see the difficulty. Over the past few days I have been writing at length of the danger a hard no-deal Brexit poses. Operation Yellowhammer is no joke. Food shortages, civil disorder and rioting, and an expected death toll is no laughing matter. The Brexit the British government wants to impose on us is a grade A, super-sized nightmare, but that is only the case because so far we have not used Brexit as a reason to ‘fuck off’ out the United Kingdom. Now, at last, we can see what Better Together means – it means equality in a union of nations dominated by an English state that behaves as though ‘equality’ means English domination and bullies the Celtic nations whenever they disagree with the London tyrant. Sure, now that we’re really feeling the love, it’s time we got the fuck outta here.
Protesters march for Welsh independence in Cardiff