Opportunities for Scotland to reclaim its rightful place in Europe seldom come around. Being the human shield of your psychopathic next door neighbour will do that. It has taken us 300 years to have another chance to assert our European self.
Polls in France are showing that the Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, has taken a massive lead on Nicolas Sarkozy – another sign that the earthquake that brought Britain to Brexit is a long way from being over.
Right-wing extremism is now at a level unseen in Europe since the 1930s and we have seen it enter so far into the mainstream that now even the centre and left media is being forced to normalise it.
Statesmanship; the duteous service of the state for its own sake, for all its faults, has given way to a new business of politicking – that of gamesmanship and careerist populism.
In leaving the EU Britain will weaken the common security of Europe. Love or hate the EU, this is just a fact. To imagine that because we have peace today guarantees tomorrow’s peace in naïve in the extreme.
Only in passing did the news mention the insignificant fact that at least two hundred bodies were pulled from the water and that in the past three days more than 700 hundred innocents have been found bobbing lifeless up and down on the sea.
We know from long experience that the City of London will always buffer its losses by passing them on to Britain’s peripheries, and that means Scotland. Austerity is only just beginning.
We’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t. Given that neoliberalism – the global plutocracy – is the order of the day, the day-to-day business of governance and policy won’t change much no matter which way we vote (frustrating but true nonetheless).