From the leafy Shires of Middle England to the Shadows of the Satanic Mills there is rebellion in the air. Years of deep felt grievances and a sense of growing injustice is gripping the inhabitants of Auld Albion, and up with it they are no longer prepared to put. Incited by the Conservatives, right wing tabloids and Kelvin Mackenzie, English Votes for English Laws and down with the Barnett Formula are the new banners.“Look at Scotland” they say. “No student fees, free personal care, they’re even going to freeze the Council Tax and abolish prescription charges”. “And you know, it’s us who’s paying for all of this”, they tell us. There’s even an unsavoury anti-Scottishness creeping into the whole mix. A cursory look at the Blogs or a journey in a London cab when one of the favoured talk shows is on will demonstrate just how low the debate is descending.To the majority who consider the issue south of the border it is just a simple orthodoxy that Scotland is subsidised at the expense of the rest of the UK. The metropolitan press peddles this myth on a daily basis and single mindedly perpetuates this lie with a real sense of purpose and determination.
They are simply incapable of being balanced about this debate. And it’s almost getting funny. The week the London Standard ran its front page about how Scotland was being subsidised to the detriment of Londoners was the week that Oxford Economics found that Londoners receive more spending per head than Scots, and that’s before we even get close to unidentified spending, the Olympics or oil!It perhaps therefore shouldn’t come as any surprise that support for Scottish Independence is currently higher in England than it is in Scotland. But what is curious is that those who stoke up all this constitutional tension south of the border still refer to themselves as staunch Unionists! They couldn’t be doing a better job for independence if we were paying them ourselves.But do we want independence on this basis? On the basis of a lie, untruth’s and hostility? When we secure independence I want England to be our best friend and partner. We have 300 years of shared history and we have had some fantastic times together, surely both nations deserve to live side by side in mutual self respect?So come on Mr Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail Editor, have a look at the facts not just the fiction. I’m not even asking you to agree with all you see, just acknowledge that it is not as clear cut as you seem to make out.
Tim Worstall takes Pete Wishart to task HERE over his use o the word Albion to describe England.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
A Message from Pete Wishart MP
SNP MP Pete Wishart is fed up with reading anti-Scottish comments on blogs. He emailed me this, earlier this morning. The trouble is that if you even question the Barnett formula you can be dubbed anti-Scottish. Some people even construed the Gordon Brown Jinx post yesterday as anti-Scottish, yet I was sitting on my sofa cheering Scotland on. I'm 25% Scottish myself. My middle name is Campbell for God's sake. Perhaps the debate is becoming too 'shouty' but it's a debate which has to be had.