Sick of Scottish whingers
The English are pig-sick of the whining, whinging Caledonian oat-crunchers, with their never-ending catalogue of grievances, constantly complaining about how badly they are treated by the Sassenachs and at the same time stuffing their sporrans with English money
‘It is not difficult to tell the difference between a Scotsman with grievance and a ray of sunshine!’
Not to put too fine a point on it, the English are pig-sick of the whining, whinging Caledonian oat-crunchers, with their never-ending catalogue of grievances, constantly complaining about how badly they are treated by the Sassenachs and at the same time stuffing their sporrans with English money.
The SNP has flatly refused to accept their hammering in the nauseating referendum. Brussels-style, they want to keep having referenda until they get their demanded result.
Nor are we to have a welcome period of silence from Wee Eck. Stepping down from leadership of the SNP was not an act of contrition, far less an admission of defeat. It was tactical.
He is calculating, with good reason, that the SNP will end up with 52 seats, wipe out Labour and hold the balance of power in the next Parliament, doing dirty deals to help secure a Labour Government which has been soundly rejected by the English.
His price will not be merely a vast extension of powers to the Scottish Assembly that has so far proved incapable of effectively exercising the ones it already has. It will be Labour support for yet another Bill to authorise yet another referendum.
So we have the bizarre paradox of Dave needing a victory by Labour in Scotland, which may well be achieved via the obnoxious personality of the new SNP leader. His alternative strategy to defuse the Scottish question by creating an English-only polity is addle-pated.
It will not answer the West Lothian question because banning Scots MPs from voting on English issues would result in the Government having a majority on some issues and not others. His ideas would need a federal state and the destruction of the British constitution; that is just not going to happen.
And yet he goes on believing that defanging SNP in Parliament after they have decimated Scottish Labour will result in a permanent Tory majority in the Commons. He is delusional.
So here’s how Salmond can win referendum Mk 2. Open it to the whole of the UK. There is perfect justice and logic in allowing the nation at large to decide whether to be broken up for the simple reason that it affects this and all future generations of the entire British people.
There will be a massive ‘yes’ vote from England, saving all that Barnett-formula money and leaving the Scots to wax fat on ‘their’ oil at $50 a barrel.
Scots wha hae wi Alex fled!
Robin Mitchinson is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator. A former barrister, living in the Isle of Man, he is an international public management specialist with almost two decades of experience in institutional development, decentralisation and democratisation processes. He has advised governments and major international institutions across the world
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