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Saturday, 20 December 2014

A No to Nationalism

As part of our #noway series by No voters, John Patrick Harvey on the tribal turn-off of nationalism.




Peter A Bell's insight:


What is the point of this whole #noway exercise? It’s not as if British nationalists lack opportunities to air their ill-informed opinions and bigoted attitudes. They have almost the entirety of the British media at their disposal. If the hope was that some of these British nationalists might have something new or interesting to say then that hope was clearly forlorn. There are no fresh insights here. No clarification of why these people insist that Scotland must be less than other nations - and less than it might be. This whole series has been nothing more than a tedious rehashing of all the fallacies, distortions and lies that we heard from the anti-independence mob throughout the referendum campaign.






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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

David Cameron tells Nicola Sturgeon: Focus on Isil - Telegraph



The Prime Minister argues the new First Minister should be helping deal with major UK-wide problems like terrorism instead of obsessing about the constitution, ahead of their first official meeting at Downing Street.




Peter A Bell's insight:


I would point out to David Cameron that Nicola Sturgeon has a democratic mandate from the people of Scotland. He does not. The people of Scotland voted for an SNP government. In doing so, they decisively rejected Cameron’s Tories. Nicola Sturgeon speaks for the people of Scotland, NOT David Cameron. It is not for him to arrogantly presume to tell our First Minister what her priorities should be. She takes her instructions from the people of Scotland, not from some jumped-up British politician.






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Carmichael hopes to "reset" UK Government's relations with Edinburgh from grievance to co-operation.

FUTURE dealings between the UK and Scottish Governments should be




Peter A Bell's insight:


When oozing out of a British politician the word “cooperation” is, of course, merely a euphemism for meek compliance and uncomplaining obedience. Nowhere does Carmichael suggest that the UK Government might go any way to addressing the causes of “grievance”. He just arrogantly instructs us to stop feeling aggrieved about having policies we abhor imposed on us by people we didn’t elect.




The tendency is to dismiss pretty much everything that Alistair Carmichael says as mere silliness from a man who is some way from being the shiniest bauble on the Christmas tree. But, whether he is aware of it or not, there is something more to his latest drivelling. Something quite insidious. The notion of the Scottish Government being solely concerned with grievances and picking fights with Westminster is a well-worn line in British nationalist propaganda. It is is just one of the ways in which the British establishment seeks to denigrate and undermine Scotland’s democratic institutions.




Alistair Carmichael makes a poor pretence of holding out an olive branch, when he is fact clumsily wielding a cudgel.






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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Murphy: I don't need Miliband's permission to make decisions for Scotland



I don’t need to consult the leader.




Peter A Bell's insight:


Jim Murphy is totally deluded if he imagines he can go against the party bosses in London. There is no such thing as the “Scottish Labour Party”. There is only the British Labour Party. Whatever policy line is taken by British Labour, that line is also binding on British Labour in Scotland.




But, of course, Murph The Mendacious is perfectly well aware of this. His assertion that he doesn’t need to consult his masters is nothing more than the kind of pathetic macho posturing which is something of a Murphy speciality.




Read between the lines and what this clown is actually saying is that he will not get into any conflict with the party leadership because he will do exactly as he’s told.






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Jim Murphy's victory celebrated by London party



Another insider said it was “plausible” for Murphy to stand down from Westminster next year and take a year out of elected politics.




Peter A Bell's insight:


"Another insider said it was "plausible" for Murphy to stand down from Westminster next year and take a year out of elected politics."




Really? My understanding is that British Labour’s branch office manager must be an elected politician. If Murphy stands down from Westminster then he would also have to stand down as absentee leader of the non-existent “Scottish Labour Party”. Or is this “insider” intimating that the rules would be massaged in order to accommodate London’s man in Scotland?






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Johann Lamont snubs Murphy in leadership vote



BITTER Johann Lamont snubbed Jim Murphy in the leadership contest after she voted for his main rivals.




Peter A Bell's insight:


What is all to obvious is the fact that British Labour in Scotland is a festering pit of factionalism and turmoil. What should be obvious is that Jim Murphy is the very last person any sane individual would have appointed to the task of healing wounds. Does anybody better represent the problems besetting the pretendy “Scottish Labour Party” - as identified by Johann Lamont - than Murph The Malevolent?




As Labour politicians, members and supporters in Scotland demand greater autonomy - or at least respect - for the Scottish branch, British Labour in Scotland appoints as its new office manager a member of British Labour’s Westminster elite who epitomises the control-freakery of the British Labour hierarchy.




As British Labour in Scotland is crying out for someone who can smooth ruffled feathers and heal divisions, their London bosses engineer the coronation of a thoroughly obnoxious individual whose idea of dialogue is to repeatedly scream “F*** off!” into the face of his political opponents.




As Scotland moves inexorably towards the restoration of the nation’s rightful constitutional status, British Labour appoints as its man in Scotland a rabid British nationalist fanatic.




The words “death wish” come immediately to mind.






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If Labour loses Scotland, the Union will be done for - Telegraph



Jim Murphy, Labour’s new leader in Scotland, must turn the tide against the SNP, says Iain Martin.




Peter A Bell's insight:


As anybody more in touch with Scottish politics than Iain Martin - and that’s a big club - will be aware, Alex Salmond was never the “leader of the Yes campaign”. When somebody is so embarrassingly wrong on a matter of such obvious fact then it is to be expected that they will be wrong in numerous other ways as well. Especially if what they are offering is a catalogue of their own mindless prejudice rather than any attempt at rational analysis.



Martin proves the point with his reference to the “wild overconfidence of the SNP”. As clear a case of a clumsy propagandist believing his own distortions as ever you will see. The reality is that everybody in the SNP is being extremely cautious about the party’s prospect in the 2015 UK general election while it is the pollsters and pundits who are hyping up the possibility of massive gains from British Labour in Scotland. Listen in on any conversation among SNP activists and you will hear a mighty scoffing at predictions of the SNP winning 40 or even 50 seats.




But Iain Martin would have no interest in conveying this truth even if he was astute enough to be aware of it. What does the truth matter when your sole concern is to defend the old order and the old ways against the threat of progressive reform?




Which brings us to another interesting point. One which highlights the hypocrisy of British nationalist fanatics such as Iain Martin. While they bleat tediously about the Scottish people’s refusal to meekly get back in their box following the unfortunate outcome of September’s referendum, it is these fundamentalist devotees of the divinely ordained British state who are still fighting the last referendum campaign. And doing so just as dishonestly as ever.






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