Murdo Fraser, like the rest of his smug-faced cronies, is interested to know how many people who voted for the SNP last year will be feeling betrayed today. I think I am in a position to answer that question for them: Precious few. People all over Scotland have turned to the SNP precisely because they are tired with the kleptocracy the Scottish Conservatives in our country represent. Independence has turned out not to be about the “flag waving nationalism” they love to cite, but a boiling desire to make our country the nation Scottish people in growing numbers want it to be.
We are in the middle of another phase, it would seem, of British unionisation – cultural colonialism – in Scotland right now, and it is impossible not to notice. What’s more, we all know why this is happening. Independence has refused to go away. Almost weekly there are fresh calls from the unionists in Holyrood and Westminster for the Scottish National Party to take another referendum off the table once and for all. They appear to imagine that it is Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP fuelling the drive to self-determination.
Recently Greggs the bakers and Spar have gotten into hot water over individual stores’ management and members of staff turning Scottish banknotes away. In the past this irked us, but we dealt with it.
Why would a Scottish recession excite the British media and why were so many Scottish unionists itching for news that we had gone into recession? We don’t really have to answer those questions. The answers are quite obvious.
All over the UK agitation over this disaster has reached fever pitch, no less because of the horror of it, but because we all intuit that this is about us too. We, the ordinary working people of this country, are worthless to the government and the big businesses behind it.
No one wants unsavoury characters knocking on the door of Number 10, bullying the poor woman who lives there into performing sexual favours to buy more time to cough up the dough.
Britain has been banking on Scotland’s oil since it was first discovered, and Scotland – as a result of Westminster’s use of this 'uncertain' commodity – has become the only oil producing nation in the world to get poorer as a result of striking black gold.
Our resistance to this London Tory offensive, if it is to have any hope of success, needs to build and strengthen alliances with the other anti-Brexit parties in every part of the UK – and this will require accommodating Tim Farron’s Liberal Democrats south of the border.