Right now we are witnessing the very same with a cap being put on the number of children in a family in receipt of tax credits who can receive Child Benefit. Even with more than 90 per cent of Scotland’s MPs rejecting the Bill, the will of England was imposed on Scotland.
Theresa May and her neo-imperialist band of Conservative Brexiteers seem hell bent on going through with this no matter the cost, and this is the root of all the uncertainty. They are capable of anything – and this is frightening.
It’s all a wee bit too much like getting the first ride on the rollercoaster Groundskeeper Willie built – 'it might work.' Then again it might not.
That the Leave campaign thrived on these instruments explains why hate crime and racially motived violence have spiked in the wake of the Brexit victory. In the eyes of those whose racism has been unfettered and legitimised by this populist climate the vote has vindicated them
With one in five TDs in the current Dáil being owners of private rental accommodation it is no wonder that nothing has been done – even as homelessness in the country reaches record levels – to help keep ordinary working families in their homes.
However cringe-worthy all of this is, at some point we have to make our peace with it. Black Friday and the whole stinking mess that is Christmas is, after all, the logical end of a uniquely modern way of thinking.
If reassuring the markets by restoring confidence through greater certainty is her objective, Mrs May is as much use as a fart in a lift – to quote Judge Rinder; another openly gay magistrate.
May’s Brexit offensive is a zero-sum game. Sturgeon’s government requires one of two things; Independence or a deal for Scotland that protects the rights of EU nationals living in Scotland and access to the free market – neither of which, as far as May is concerned, are on the table.