Is it an overreaction to suggest that we are repeating the history of the 1930s that led ultimately to the Nazi genocide in Europe and a global total war that resulted in the destruction of a continent and the use of nuclear weapons?
Britain’s empire was always thus, but now the battlegrounds are within England and the imperial mindset has infected the “lower orders;” the former cannon fodder, the worker ants.
In both Britain and the United States the origins of the present crisis too can be traced back to the 2008 global economic catastrophe and serious structural flaws within our liberal democracies.
Westminster, as Guido and the boys recognised, is a system of power and oppression that cannot be allowed to continue. Few of us want to see it last much longer, and yet we had the wains out gathering the kindling and chapping doors looking for a penny for the Guy.
It’s a load of silly nationalistic crap, and putting Churchill on the fiver is just another reminder that they refuse to grow up.
England’s petty right-leaning Conservatives might want to shut themselves away in a museum of small-state nationalism – tilting at the windmills of national ius sanguinis purity – but this is all it is, a museum.
Our desire for independence is rooted in our awareness of our identity as a distinct identity from that of England, and integral to our better understanding of our identity is a better knowledge of our past. It is precisely this fear of self-discovery that make the unionist a revisionist.
When Jill Stephenson claims that Scotland doesn’t fit any definition of a colony, she is quite wrong. Scotland fits almost every definition of a colony. All that her claim does is highlight something more about her and her positionality than it does of anything in Scotland’s historical or present reality.