AN END TO THE LIES
Is it too much to hope that we are getting near the end of the blatant lies that dominate our politics here in the UK?
As I write this it looks likely we are looking at at least three major and devastating blows being inflicted upon us before the end of the year. The first is the final nail being driven into the coffin of our membership of the Single Market and which will be very damaging here in Scotland, given our export based economy, and will wreak enormous damage resulting in many tens of thousands of lost jobs and huge damage to many of our companies, companies that are already reeling from the Covid19 pandemic.
It is still not clear whether it will be a no deal or a very poor deal. What is clear is it will be very damaging. We are trying to establish whether it will be 100% as bad as the Afghan deal which the Government chooses to describe as an Australian deal and they like to kid on is some form of victory. A No deal will be exactly the same as the Afghan deal , trading on WTO terms. Doesn’t sound so good that way does it? More lies yet again.
The second blow is the Westminster move to impose their “Internal” Market Bill. How , it can be called “ internal” when it is the actions of a foreign Government, who were rejected comprehensively by the electorate in my nation imposing completely unwanted legislation on us while at the same time seizing many powers from the Scottish Parliament back for themselves in London. It is a an intentional attempt at weakening the Scottish Parliament’s already limited powers and helps to spread confusion over which Parliament holds the powers over certain very important areas of our economy. Again completely planned to achieve that impact. The sands are shifting under Holyrood. Intentionally so. They lie to us that we will benefit from this theft.
The third area of huge concern is Covid 19 itself and the plans to relax control measures over the Christmas period. As I examine the current levels, both North and South of the border this seems unwise. It is sending out a confusing message, yes we are loosening off our controls but please don’t take advantage of us so doing? How daft is that? It is a big signal that they know they shouldn’t be doing this but they don’t want to take the blame for spoiling Christmas. For many families what would really ruin Christmas is losing their parents or grandparents because they were exposed to the virus over the Turkey and trimmings.
Now the headline talks about lies and there have been loads of them. Giant whoppers told by senior politicians. Lies that they knew were lies at the time. Lies told for the intention of disguising the reality of what was being planned, playing down the risks, presenting a false prospectus. Sadly so few people pay anything other than a passing interest in politics and are therefore quite easy to con and mislead. Those responsible for Brexit have been expert at expounding the fairytale of the UK pulling out of Europe and the Single Market with little or no impact on our economy. Now that we are coming to the end of that path, there is no talk of “oven ready” trade deals or “the easiest deal in the World” , now they concede there may be “disruption” and “shortages” and that easy trade deal projection has disappeared. They have of course known this all along. It was largely the plan.
As shoppers in Scotland notice the increasing appearances of Union Jacks across the board in supermarkets and the rapid disappearance of Scottish labeled produce complaints are handled by supermarkets by denial that it is happening, yet we know there is a UK Government funded organisation with a budget to “encourage” the spread of this propaganda throughout the supply chain. We witness many iconic Scottish products being supplanted by British substitutes, heavily designed by Union Jack packaging. So we have The Great British haggis, the Great British Porridge, Union Jack labelled Whisky. Slowly but surely they are intentionally reducing the visible presence of Scotland in the market while supplanting it with a red, white and blue substitute. This is malicious and intentional and our taxes are being used to supplant ourselves.
On Covid 19 lies are everywhere. So is the outright and blatant misuse of purchasing to enrich their friends and supporters. Private Eye this week revealed that no less than 10% of total purchasing of equipment and supplies for Covid were secured by companies dealing directly with Ministers rather than going through the normal, regimented purchasing systems. These contracts involved many billions of pounds and resulted in many orders being issued to companies with no experience whatsoever in operating in these product or service areas.
So why is this happening? My view is this is not a Government with any medium or long term plans. This is a one or two term raid organised and planned. For the raid to be successful that maximum level of disruption was required so Brexit was ideal for that purpose. Taking power then concentrating as much of the supply chain in the hands of your supporters would be very lucrative for all involved. Covid 19 was just a bonus, it created an urgent emergency where normal rules and safeguards could be replaced with a more ad hoc system which the Tories were quick to use. Stage two of this process will be the extension of private health companies into the NHS. Waiting lists will be the excuse for this. A great many Tory MP’s (and some Labour) with links to private health will further enrich themselves if it can be achieved. The inquiry into all this, which will arrive long after the perpetrators have done a runner with the swag will have a field day, but as usual it will be too late.
As the countdown continues for the ultimate pay off which is heavily reliant on share price collapse and a currency slump where the hedge fund backers and other big investors have bet heavily on a no deal Brexit and some serious disruption while they have “shorted” the share prices of a host of UK companies and the pound and will have a huge payoff if it happens. With Johnston and Sunak in charge their men are in place to make it so.
In the spirit of giving the SNP leadership an easier time I will not outline any of the promises and pledges they made in relation to defending Scotland against these outrages and which have most clearly not materialized. I would not put money on that position holding so If any secret, clever plan exists, now would be a good time to play some of those cards.
Our people are facing a few weeks of disaster, months in terms of the impacts being first implemented, years, perhaps even decades of living with the resulting damage to our economy.
We need to face the reality that time is not on our side, every week, every day, moves are being taken which are closing off our position,powers and options. We need politicians willing, able and brave enough to come up with workable plans to defend our interests. Some people tell me these people exist in our Scottish Government. I would like they were more visible, active and vocal.
Our country, our economy and people are under sustained attack. Time is running out. We have made promises to the Scottish people. Clear promises, we have collected the mandates required. How are we going to use them and is their sufficient time left?
I don’t know about you, but, I am worried. Having poll leads are no good if tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs. The jobs will be gone and unused poll leads will eventually go with them.
We are being governed by madmen. Take the latest gunboat diplomacy from Westminster threatening French fishermen with the Royal Navy. It’s madness, let me tell you how the French would respond to this “threat”. They would get a few friends together and go and block the port of Calais. Their fishing boats would be in French waters, the Navy would be helpless to do anything about it, but the Ferries bringing in desperately needed goods, important stuff like food and medicines on lorries would be at a standstill. The days of the gunboat are over, the suggestion only highlights how delusional Westminster is.
The French have rightly earned a reputation for very successful and effective protests. Would that our leaders in the SNP showed a similar ability to disrupt Westminster as effectively. We could learn much from them. We will need to because we will be requiring new and effective tactics very shortly I suspect. We will be facing real challenges in the months ahead. We are going to need to box clever. We asked and our people handed us the gloves. They now, rightly, expect us to fight.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland
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