Contrary to the majority of the coverage coming from Hamburg black bloc is not a movement or a specific group or gang. It is an anarchistic tactic that has been in development since the squatter riots of the 1970s in West Berlin, allowing protesters of various leftist politics to participate in common action against the police and the state without fear of personal identification, reprisals, arrest, and harassment.
The represented classes no longer recognise the parties that represent their interests. Neither the British Conservative Party nor its Blairite alternative represents the will of the British ruling class.
After decades of the political mainstream and the popular tabloid media pandering to the right’s agenda the majority of voters have been left ill-equipped to see through the neo-fascist rhetoric.
Outwith the common market the UK now faces both a tariff wall to Europe – making our exports about ten percent more expensive abroad – and a devalued pound – making what we import more costly.
Brexiteers have imagined that this success has something to do with the magic and romance of London, that the tourist haunts of Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge have acted as a money tree attracting astronomical sums of money to Britain.
Not one of the pro-independence political groupings or parties in Scotland has explicitly described their ambition as nationalism, and neither does the wider movement speak of itself as nationalistic.
Europe has smacked technology giant Apple with a whopping €13 billion tax bill, but rather than leaping at the money to address domestic issues like the highest level of homelessness since the Famine Ireland is trying to get Apple back to tax free trading.
In Scotland this has to be viewed as a unique moment, a rare period of Westminster weakness. Scotland is the only country in the union with a strong and firmly united political force. In UK terms this is a small force, but within Scotland itself it is a full half of the nation.