THE FRANCHISE AS IT WORKS IN THE NORDIC WORLD.

This is a guest article written by a good friend of mine, Peter Young who lives in Denmark. It contains valuable information which Scots would do well to understand. Peter is a committed Indy supporter and is responsible for the excellent Indyscotnews service on twitter @indyscotnews

Citizenship

I fell asleep in the early hours of 24 of June 2016 listening to the BBC’s all-night Brexit coverage. In spite of the British state broadcaster’s clear pro-leave bias during the campaign, I felt pretty sure the UK would, as a state, choose to remain in the EU. This is certainly what I’d been telling Danish friends who’d been asking for months what I thought would happen. My consistent answer was that leave would, at best, achieve 40% of the vote. 

Of course, I said that as a Scot who’d lived in Denmark for decades. Granted, it has many faults, but I still couldn’t imagine more than 40% of my fellow Scots opting to exit the European Union. At about 4.40am I woke up to the voice of David Dimbleby announcing that ‘leave’ had won, saying that the decision taken in 1975, “to join the Common Market has been reversed by this referendum”. Dimbleby sounded shocked and despondent but, two years after listening to the miserable indyref result, I felt it was Scottish fortunes that had been reversed. My mood, even at that early hour was exultant. Independence was now inevitable. The Treaty of Union was effectively over, or so I thought.

That’s why in 2016 I set up the @indyscotnews Twitter feed. Inspired by Nicola Sturgeon’s assertive tone at the Bute House press conference on the morning after the result, I was sure a referendum campaign would start within weeks. This time we needed to be on the front foot, actively combatting the British state propaganda mouthpieces. And what better way than to promote the pro-indy media that played such an important role in the 2014 campaign.

Alas, Alex Salmond’s chosen heir had none of his inner drive. In spite of mandates covering material change, and outright election victories on independence in Europe, nothing happened. 2017 also came and went with a lacklustre general election campaign that saw the First Minister shy away from mentioning independence. Her attention was then taken up with trying to reverse England’s vote. The English had voted for Brexit. It was their decision. It was not Nicola Sturgeon’s place to try to overturn a referendum vote. This deeply anti-democratic gesture set a terrible precedent for any new Scottish indyref vote. It was an open invitation for any rUK prime minister to campaign to overturn a future indyref Yes vote in Scotland. This was the point where I personally became seriously concerned. But, like so many others, I kept the faith, convinced there was indeed a secret plan. I mean, the whole purpose of the SNP was to deliver independence.

With Brexit negotiations reaching their conclusion in 2019, time was running out for Scotland to have its indyref2 before Brexit day. Nicola herself had stated that the most logical time would have been when there was clarity, but before we left the EU. In reality, things had been clear for quite some time. England was leaving the European Union and it was intent on ‘dragging Scotland out against its will’ – in spite of Ian Blackford’s defiant rhetoric. With no prospect of a Scottish passport anytime soon, I began the long process of applying for Danish citizenship.

When Boris Johnson was chosen by the Tories to replace May, in July 2019, Scotland’s worst nightmare unfolded before our eyes. Most of us felt ’now was the time’. But once again Nicola Sturgeon retreated into her shell. It was beginning to look as though there was no secret plan. There was to be no sudden revocation of the Treaty of Union. No declaration of independence by our Claim of Right armed, multi-mandated, elected representatives – followed by a confirmatory referendum. That’s the kind of decisive, pragmatic reaction I’d come to expect after decades living among our Nordic cousins.

Gradually other issues took priority over independence. Many of these issues so divisive that they split the SNP itself. However, there was Nicola’s eagerly anticipated Brexit Day speech of 31 January 2020. And there were Ian Blackford’s constant assurances that we’d not be dragged out of the EU ‘against our will’!

With Boris Johnson having been returned with a huge majority of English MPs in December’s GE 2019, and Brexit now a reality, there was no more reason for delay. Nicola’s upcoming ‘Brexit Day’ speech had a last-chance saloon feel about it, and since the world’s press was gathered in expectation, this was surely going to be Scotland’s moment.

As it turned out, her January 31st speech was the biggest damp squib ever. Mocking alternative routes to indy and insisting English MPs at Westminster had a veto on our self-determination. It was the day when Nicola Sturgeon lost any last claim to being de-facto leader of Scotland’s independence movement.

Nothing that’s happened since, has changed that. Her ongoing post-trial demonisation of Alex Salmond has left many of us appalled and shocked at her petty vindictiveness. And for European Scots, it became obvious that Sturgeon’s SNP was not going to save Scotland, or us. Seeking citizenship of our host countries was our only secure option.

And so on the 22 September 2021, I was finally booked to attend the local ‘Grundlovsceremoni’ (‘Constitution Ceremony’). That’s the name the Danes give to the event where foreign residents who’ve applied (and who fulfil a number of criteria) are granted citizenship. It was the end of a 2-year process.

The day itself was sunny, as our diverse group of foreign residents gathered in front of the local town hall. In this case, it was a very modern building, constructed to house the greater numbers of staff after recent council amalgamations.

We were guided into a rather large auditorium, with huge ceiling to floor windows on one side and with bright and colourful modern Danish art on the walls. The ceremony itself was brief. The Lord Provost gave a short speech and we were then invited up to ‘give haand’ (pronounced ‘gie haun’) in other words, shake hands with him and his deputy after formally signing our citizenship declaration. We were told that shaking hands was the old Viking way. You can’t draw your sword with an outstretched hand.

It was far more festive than I’d imagined. Each ‘new Dane’ was applauded enthusiastically. Some had several guests who waved their small Dannebrog flags, as you do in this country. And of course, no formal ceremony is complete without some ‘hygge’. We’d already received a book of local history and a small table-top national flag in a gift bag, but now it was time for drinks and snacks. There was also a chance to be photographed with the Provost, and his impressive chain!

One of the last things the Lord Provost mentioned was that we now have full voting rights and should remember to vote in local elections in November. He is, after all, a politician and up for re-election.

Oddly enough, I’m now the only member of my household who can vote in general elections and referendums in Denmark. My Iceland-born wife who’s lived here since her teens has never been included in the franchise. Neither are my bairns who have inherited their maw’s Nordic nationality along with UK citizenship. Local and EU elections are the extent to which Nordic citizens can vote in Denmark. Is this Danish blood and soil nationalism? If it is, it must be the same throughout the enlightened countries that make up the Nordic Council, because only citizens in each Nordic country can vote in that country’s general elections and referendums. Residency, even long-term residency, does not automatically confer voting rights. 

Protecting the franchise is a big deal in these small nations. Otherwise, in all other areas, Nordic citizens can live, work, attend university, apply for student grants, get free healthcare – basically, live as a citizen in each other’s countries in all practical areas. Voting, however, is sacred and strictly ‘citizens only’.

The Scandinavians and wider Nordic nations have had their share of wars, colonialism, foreign occupation, and failed politcal unions. Independence is in their DNA, and they know how to protect it. Scotland should perhaps take a leaf out of their book. Residency, even long-term residency does not make you a Scot, any more than it made those of us recently granted Danish citizenship, Danes. Our genetic make up didn’t change. What did change, though, was our decision to accept the solemn terms of citizenship. This includes upholding Denmark’s constitution, a key section of which enshrines the country’s national independence. Future ‘new Scots’ will have a chance to do the same.

Alba is a small country and it has more in common with its Northern neighbours than its anti-European colonial master to the south. We should perhaps learn from our Nordic cousins about small-nation democracy. We don’t have Scottish citizenship as yet, but If we repeat the franchise of 2014 in any new indyref we run the risk of being entirely subsumed by our southern neighbour. Allowing anyone who crosses the border to vote on your nation’s constitutional future is not international best practice. Arriving in someone else’s country as a settler and throwing a hissy fit if you can’t decide your host country’s constitutional status is both arrogant and entitled.

Foreign occupation by a larger state is something my adopted country has experienced. I’m often moved by the name plaques I see in unexpected places to Danes who fell in the resistence. You’ll see names in a shop doorway in Elsinore. And on the memorial stone by a local rural cycle path, where flowers are still laid each spring. These are a few of the locations where young men fell fighting for this nation’s freedom. They spilled their blood on the soil of this country, for liberty. We Scots don’t have to shed our blood. We can simply use our historic claim of right, and international best practice when it comes to choosing the voting franchise, in the democratic struggle for our nation’s liberty from an imperial, aggressive, bullying neighbour.

Pete Young


MY COMMENTS

My thanks to Peter for this excellent article and in particular why controlling the franchise is of crucial importance to small nations. Would that more Scots understood this. Please share this article to spread this crucial information.

I am, as always

Yours for Scotland.

39 thoughts on “THE FRANCHISE AS IT WORKS IN THE NORDIC WORLD.

  1. Great article!

    However, as Peter Young points out, we “don’t have Scottish citizenship as yet”.

    My wife is Irish and has been living here in Scotland for 23 years. She voted (‘Yes’) in 2014 and would do so again in another self-determination plebiscite. However, she also feels that, even now, she does not have an automatic right to vote on Scotland’s constitutional future.

    I admit to having a vested interest in her being permitted to vote and believe that as a long term tax payer and permanent resident she should be able to do so. (I’m sure there will be many others in Scotland in a similar situation who feel the same way!)

    Therefore, my view is that the best approach would be to use the United Nation rules to define the franchise. This would be fair – and be seen as fair worldwide – as it applies a set of conditions from a body that does not have an axe to grind.

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    1. In the event of another indyref, I’d agree with you, duncanio, but there is no chance of that now. If the leadership of the SNP actually thought for one minute that another indyref would deliver a YES vote, they’d make sure it was scuppered. Westminster is just one part of the problem.

      I wish Peter Young all the best in Denmark: he is one of the lucky ones who got away. Most of us here now will never escape, except to the cemetery – and only after a prolonged and agonizing death in many cases because the new assisted dying bill will be thwarted, too. I, for one, cannot and never will, till my dying day, forgive the betrayal of the Scots and the betrayal of women by this SNP leadership. Never again will they get my vote, even though I like my local MSP on a personal level and rate him as an excellent MSP. It would be like a poor, trussed animal destined for the abattoir having voted for its own demise. Sickening.

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      1. @lorncal

        When you find yourself in political situation where no democratic means exist to allow you to move forward, you can safely assume that you don’t actually live in a democracy. With that in mind, I believe that all talk of “cemeteries” and suchlike, are wildly premature and that the consequences of our current situation have yet to manifest themselves, much sooner than might be imagined and in ways that will horrify our political masters. Colonies and their despicable administrations don’t last forever. It may be that no discernible leadership exists at the moment, but you won’t attempt to steal any ancient nation’s democratic right to existence without, as a corollary, creating such a leadership.

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      2. I was just being hyperbolic, erichvonbarrhead to let off steam. Honestly, though, I don’t believe I’ve ever felt so despairing, not even on September 19, 2014. Och well, it’ll soon be Christmas when I can indulge my nostalgia with the Broons and forget my woes for a wee while. I buy it for myself every year for a seasonal regression into childhood. My maternal grandad used to get it every year, and I’ve carried on the tradition. I remember, as a bairn, him sitting at the fireside, a cup of tea and piece at his side and chortling away to The Broons or Oor Wullie. We never had a lot, but Christmas and New Year were special.

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  2. I’m not sure about the rules on residence or buying property in Denmark for foreign nationals, but I am sure that such exist. Denmark has a border with Gernany and may well, like Sotland have people wishing to cross that border from their larger, more crowded and possibly more prosperous neighbour.
    It is perfectly possible to restrict non-citizens from buying property if you are an independent country, perhaps by imposing a period of residency before this is allowed or insisting the non-citizens live in that property for a significant period of time each year. Scotland is currently experiencing an influx of people buying houses here and coming to live in ares where the locals struggle to afford to do this or where the local culture, for example in traditional Gaelic-speaking areas, is endangered.
    If we were independent, this could be controlled while at present there is nothing we can do and such ‘ex-pats’ from south of the border can vote and so inhibit our attempts to achieve self-determination.

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      1. Indeed, Iain, and that was precisely because Germans were buying up local properties and land plots to build on. The Danes introduced a raft of laws to prevent the wholesale takeover of their country, ironically against the citizens of the very nation that had invaded Denmark during WW II. I like the Germans and adore Germany, so please, no one take my comment as a slur against them. Just pointing out the similarities: we, too, suffered invasion and occupation in the past, at the hands of our close neighbour, which is probably why nationalism in Scotland is still quite high.

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    1. I was allowed to buy property in New Zealand in the early 90’s even though I didn’t have citizenship or permanent residence. Of course I wasn’t allowed to vote and wouldn’t expect that right. If I wanted to buy the property now it wouldn’t be possible as the New Zealand Government changed the law in 2018 restricting the right to buy property to citizens and those with permanent residence status. There were too many foreigners buying up property and thus disadvantaging the Kiwis.

      In the 70’s and 80’s I lived for 12 years in Germany , working, paying taxes but wasn’t allowed to vote in national elections and I didn’t expect that right. Now I am back in Germany, grateful that the country is allowing me to stay because my own country Scotland, dominated by a colonizer and colonizer’s rules won’t let me back home to live with my wife of 46 years as she is now seen as an undesirable European.

      This Blut und Boden nonsense being spouted is just that; total nonsense. Peter Young has explained wonderfully how constitutional matters using the Nordic model should be implemented.

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      1. It is absolute twaddle, but jolly handy when you want to bamboozle and wrong-foot the peasants in the north. Aided and abetted by the Scottish government, of course, which is using identical mendacity against females. The colonisers change, but the tactics never do.

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    2. ayrayner1936
      Indeed you are correct in highlighting the influx of people buying houses here. There is undoubtedly a threat to gaelic culture in the Highlands and Islands however, it is being partially fuelled by indigenous croft owners and crofting tenants de-crofting areas of ground to be sold as building plots to the highest bidder! Where in fact if a plot is de-crofted on a tenancy the Crofters Commission will enjoy a percentage of the selling price.

      A quick look on any Isle of Skye property selling site will show plots selling from £30,000 to in excess of £100,000 and there would appear to be no shortage of willing buyers or for that matter vendors. The Scottish Government has only exacerbated the situation in its drive to promote tourism above all else. The corollary to this often being absentee owners commanding a holiday letting portfolio to the extreme disadvantage of young people seeking to buy their own home in their own locality. This is particularly the case where key workers within for example, the NHS, cannot take up posts owing to the lack of affordable housing both in the rental and buying sectors.

      The SNP led Scottish Government appear to be in the process of turning the Highlands into a plastic strewn theme park with no consideration given to promoting employment through investment in sustainable energy technology which would provide secure employment for generations into the future. Continuing failure to protect our communities can only lead to NO VOTES SNP.

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    3. Denmark distinguishes between whole year and holiday homes. The Maastricht Treaty led Denmark to get an opt-out which allowed it to insist, with few exceptions, that only those with permanent homes in Denmark can buy holiday homes. This prevented the feared mass purchase of holiday homes by people living in Germany.

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  3. Absolutely agree. Totally. And I’m only 27% Scottish and wouldn’t get a vote. Plenty for us not-native-Scots to do though, mostly in Scotching the Cringe, which those of us who escaped here from the spiritual pollution of Toryism
    as it has existed since Thatcher recognise better than many native Scots, seems to me. Mind, Thatcher only crystallised the rotten spiritual heart of toryism, which has hidden, since Attlee, virus-like in the cells, promoting ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ and ‘independence’, lying in wait to then pop out and devour anything with a remote whiff of profit.

    If Nicola keeps this up, which she will, being very far out of her depth so all she can see is what she believes is the modernisation of social engineering, we stand not a hope in hell of gaining independence in Scotland. We may possibly achieve a slightly strengthened devolution that will only work when whatever masters the English electorate chooses, which Boris, following on Cameron’s quietly achieved anti-democracy, is rapidly shaping, so that the one-party state will be our fate for ever unless we do follow the Nordic path and spill blood. Who wants to do that? Really. Surely we can begin to find ways to bypass the political route and form our own ways of living? Through National Councils? Local councils? (Alba’s current aim)

    Politics as we knew it after WW2 is dead. The glory days of Britain being the heart of fighting for human rights, accountability and equality whether through battle or through law are dead and gone. The other day a criticism was levelled at Tasmina for having joined a number of political parties. The implication was of disloyalty and self-seeking. All the parties have changed (except Alba). Capitalism in its crudest form has become the world’s status quo. All the political routes now follow nothing but words that nowadays mean what the speaker wants them to mean, what’s best for them and their small group of inners. We have become the outers. The actual governance of the SNP in recent years has been dire in every single sphere. Well, we have baby-boxes it is true. The hospitals are pretty good if you can get to them on the roads and have plenty of time to spare (6 hour round trip from here).

    That didn’t apply in Scotland in the few short years that the SNP worked from the grass-roots up, which incidentally is the successful route that the best businesses follow: ideas and aims driven by what is actually happening rather than what the top boys think. My grief is all the greater that I had found a politically honest system in operation and for two short years I revelled in it. Then the rot began, the evasiveness, the rumours of tantrums when the will was crossed, the beginnings of the nasty situation we are now in, powerfully driven by the celluloid emotion-manipulation of the media as it exists today. The bleating of the short-sighted SBPBaaad brigade is drowning out the voice of independence.

    How bleak this all is, what I have written here. But Scotland is in greater danger now than she has ever been since the hammer of Scotland wrought his destruction. I am not a native Scot but I love Scotland so much. Here in the far north we have something so special. It may not be obviously spectacular at first sight, except the beaches, but it is a place of honesty and serenity and kindness. But the rot is setting in. NC500 shit everywhere. The house-price difference has been noted. People moving in here bring their own known culture with them, can’t be avoided. Did it myself. But I am in the happy position of having lived my formative years in the years of socialism before Thatcher, and recognised the value in what was in 2014 a very real and very high quality governance which coloured the early Sturgeon years, now used up and gone.

    Well, this article really stirred something up in me, sorry for the rant. But Alba’s quiet decision to get into local councils is a very very good policy, and we need to recognise that it could be the secret anti-virus to the nasty capitalism that has invaded our independence-cells. Grass-roots in healthy nutritious political soil is vital and dissing cringe at every opportunity is a start. I love the way Mr Young refers to Scotland as Alba. Great article. Thanks Ian.

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    1. “every true leftist must support the national aspirations of people. But.. there is no connection between the liberation of the colonized and the application of a left-wing program. The only task at the moment is that of freeing the people.” (Albert Memmi)

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  4. Ben Wallace Defence Secretary, has been speaking against a referendum on Scottish independence. Hinting darkly that Russia interfered in our last referendum. Though he couldn’t give us any details for “security reasons “. Also stating that Russia and others will try to break up Britain if they can.

    With no referendum in sight, Westminster is already briefing against one, interfering as they always do, even before the fact.

    I think that the only way to get free from Westminster control now is for our leader to declare independence, and for the SNP contingent to return home. A vote monitored by the UN and restricted to Scottish citizens and long time residents could be held later.

    For this to happen of course, we would need to have a strong leader, and MP’s and MSP’s who are dedicated to attaining Scotland her independence. Something we don’t have now.

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    1. Any suggestion of interference by the Russians in a Scottish referendum is obviously bad in the eyes of Westminster, whereas their interference is completely benign and only to hold together their Precious Union!

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  5. Great article by Pete demonstrating the absolutely critical importance of sovereignty and how it must be protected. The inept SNP elites acceptance and indeed promotion of a local government franchise based on residence for Scotland’s national elections and referendums has only served to undermine Scotland’s sovereignty, and is what lost us our liberation in 2014, and will do so again (and for good) if we allow another referendum based on the present franchise.

    “gie haun” also indicates tae us anither Nordic fowk we hae muckle mair in common wi, culturally, than we ken, or are telt aboot.

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  6. Thank you for that, Peter. Isn’t it sad how often we here at home who hold an anti colonial analysis regarding Scotland’s plight, so often find ourselves vindicated in our thinking by our fellow Scots abroad?

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  7. Excellent and totally agree. Those who cry ‘blood and soil’ could do with learning a little about what the UN has to say on decolonisation… but that may well be the rub: the cry actually acts as a figleaf to their (un)conscious colonialism.

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  8. Very fine article and well-timed! Since the 2014 referendum I wanted to do useful things by way of preparation for our next attempt.No matter how devastated people felt, I think it was clear that it would happen again, I remember seeing an item around that time which suggested the vote had been lost by those who had been born in England and then silence. More recently I have been campaigning with the Clean Currency Group who have always stressed the need for a fresh Keynesian approach to the economy and banking reform. It seemed to me that the most urgent issue was to persuade working class people that they would enjoy a better, healthier life with Scottish Independence, But we have always stressed we need to achieve Indy first. Then I read Alf Baird’s book Doun-Hauden and I have been trying to persuade fellow campaigners to do likewise.
    Alf brings all the issues together beautifully and I thank him for that. So now I believe that the franchise must be sorted out and that we must seek an alternative route to Indy.
    This is an excellent contribution to that debate and sincere thanks to Iain Lawson for bringing it to us!

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  9. This type of article clearly demonstrates that a porous border franchise based on the one that has been forced on us by virtue signallers and traitors is a recipe for sovereign oblivion of Scotland and the Scottish people, Only fools and arses believe otherwise.

    It is very significant that the W.O.S. site was swamped by one obvious troll advocating a ‘come one come all’ so-called civic franchise, meaning lets outvote the stupid Jocks. His unthinking supporters, the Sturgeon fan club on W.G.D. are as gullible as he is guileful.

    This article along with extracts from Alf’s book must be made more accessible. I hope the next AUOB march is strongly anti Sturgeon. Shouting ‘Tories out’ is fine, but ‘Sturgeon out ‘, must be loud and clear too. And no Blackford leading the march off either, although I don’t expect any of the S.N.P. (Scoundrels Not Patriots ) cult leadership will be able to prise themselves out of the Brit trough their snouts are permanently buried in on that day!

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  10. I agree and echo all the praise Peter and Iain are receiving and the unselfishness and honesty of people who have chosen our wonderful country as their home , I have argued , sometimes vehemently and agressively with people who insist that the franchise MUST be retained and adhered to as in 2014 , yet when it is pointed out the very great risk of our charitable and gracious civility will PROBABLY result in the same outcome of defeat those same proponents respond that it is civic nationalism and to reverse the situation would be blood and soil nationalism

    I have asked MANY times if opponents of the GRA and HCB, of which I am one , were told that instead of the consultation on the GRA being open to the world for responses Sturgeon decided that as it was so important to many worldwide citizens existence and acceptance she had decided to allow anyone with a vested interest to vote on the passing of the bill , would THAT be considered taking civic mindedness to heart and any opposition would be regressive

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  11. I am becoming more and more convinced that Boris will grant a Referendum at the point Surgeon pushes the GRA Bill. Maximum division in the Independence movement. The same voting franchise. Sturgeon is being led like a lamb to the slaughter. How can she turn down a gold standard Referendum after screaming for it…sucker.

    However we pay the price and this time support will likely fall below 40% thanks to her. While the Sturgeon Loyal blindly follow I have little hope of success given the power she has surrendered to Westminster.

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    1. I’ve ticked ‘like’, Clootie, for comomg up with that idea, though I think it is a really deadful possibility.J ohnson, fpr all is clownish antics is devious and this cou;d well be his plan.

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    2. Except, Clootie, it is what lies behind the whole gender issue and lobby that you are not taking into account. Not being rude. Huge corporate interests are lurking in the background. They are funding both Stonewall and political parties. This is much, much bigger than Scotland, which goes some way to show that we are, in the UK, the lab rats. If it passes here, the Tories will push it through at Westminster because it is, in essence, although a far left initiative, it has been hi-jacked by the right and capitalism. Carrie told us that at the Tory Conference, remember? The big Tech companies, Big Pharma, Big Insurance and others are all salivating over this dripping roast and the NHS is to be its gravy. It has very little to do with human rights and freedoms, except, of course, that women’s, always the sacrifice that keeps on giving, will have theirs taken from them. I do agree that Johnson will try to destroy the independence movement in the next few years if we let him.

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    1. I agree with that assessment, CJ. She has shown a ruthless streak that even Alec Salmond himself never showed, consummate politician that he is. She is entirely like Margaret Thatcher, who also ploughed on regardless of the wisest advice. In the end, she will end up like Thatcher, ousted by her own closest allies.

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  12. Just read one of the red tops this morning and they are giving air to Sturgeon who is un-apologetic at being totally ignored at the COP 26 summit.

    Explaining that she and her government nor Scotland will be at the summit she justifies Scotland’s absolute dissing as being because Scotland is, wait for it, not an independent country.

    And that tells us exactly what Scotland is under Sturgeon and her government of forelock tugging minions.

    Scotland;s oil, Scotland’s wind, Scotland’s water, Scotland’s hydro………..the list goes on on and on. But what low life Scotlanders need to know none of Scotland’s resources belong to Scotland.

    Ah well the low lives Scotlanders* with no part to play in a summit involving over 140 countries and their reps attending now know their place.

    * Low life another term for a colonised and all too often peasant populations with no stake and no influence in their colony. A pejorative term but then again so was bog Irish, niggers etc,

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  13. Excellent and strangely uplifting… Except for the section on the 2019 general election. At the time I could not believe it when the SNP sided with the Libdems to force Labour’s hand to allow the election franchise that the Tories and the Libdems set up … Remember fixed term parliaments?

    That the Tories wanted that election and the SNP helped them to have it. I remember thinking that was the stupidest act of political suicide the SNP could possibly have made at the time.

    Now I think it was something worse.

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  14. ACH… Too fast or too predictive in the text. The Tories and Libdems set up fixed term parliaments.

    Boris wanted to break the rules. The Libdems were for it. Labour weren’t. SNP and Libdems convinced Labour to allow it. SNP snuck back from taking the blame.

    Boris and Dominic come in and go to town.

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  15. Not convinced by the nordic cousins leitmotif, however appealing it might be to some. Also, I understand Scandinavians to be rather pro British ie English.
    Scotland ought to be able to create its own model however tough and taxing that might be. Failure to think things through has resulted in the lacklustre puppet régime presiding now.
    Scotland was historically part of a global empire which it willingly did much to shape, a fact that cannot be erased from the collective psyche. The Scandinavian experience is local small beer by comparison.
    Denmark, moreover, is well ensconced in Nato, something a truly sovereign Scotland might do well not to imitate. The Iraq war supporting Rasmussen is a persistant stain stain on the Danish flag.

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  16. 500,000 immigrants over the last decade mainly from England with the rate of immigration accelerating the situation is akin to the Plantation of Ulster. And look what that achieved.

    But the examples are elsewhere to be seen. The displacement and destruction of the Indian nation in North America, the effective destruction of a aboriginal people of Australia, the Maori in New Zealand. Scotland is going the very same road.

    A humble people on their road to extinction if they do not take the opportunity to throw off their colonial masters. And on the international stage, right at this moment, just look at COP26 and how Scotland has been totally airbrushed out of existence whilst over 160 nations of the world are represented.

    Peasants in our own land and we voted for it.

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    1. It is an unfortunate truism that too many Scots are unable to think beyond the Mercat Cross.
      Those that can are treated like extremists.
      The Isle of Man is represented at this junket.
      If it walks and talks like a punchbag….

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  17. Do the SNP still sing “Scot’s wha hae” or is it now “Wee sleekit, cowran, tim’rous, beastie?” As long as we have apologists ready to defend colonization and the rights of the colonizer above the sovereign right of the native people (as this is the only way that independence will be achieved) so called independence supporters are the greatest barrier to independence. Put Scotland and its dire need for independence first before your personal wants, feelings and pettiness. If you can’t get your head around this fact, then be prepared to be a subject of the English crown, governed by perpetual tory administrations and nothing more than an abused and deprived colony. Scotland’s government are an embarrassment as they are gradualist unionist devolutionists controlling Scotland through its fascist style police state happy to shut down any criticism from the independence fraternity. Its about time people apologized to the Scots for the brutal occupation of her lands and rape of her wealth to the detriment of the indigenous population, as many nations have done for their past mistakes. Why is it Scotland and Scots feel that they have to apologize for being abused? Why is that acceptable? If you believe this to be acceptable then you are the problem. From an ancient nation to this, because we are governed by the corrupt and they are supported by gullible apologists! What an embarrassment!

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