What to make of Scottish independence?
Firstly, I can’t believe that when Cameron said he wanted the issue settled once and for all that he ever contemplated that he may go down in history as the PM who lost yet another former colony a sort of 21st Century Lord North.
I’ll now like to think of Cameron rather like Monty Python’s Black Knight with bits and pieces being chopped off.
One interesting aspect of this two and a half year process is that it didn’t get interesting till the establishment thought there may be a chance that Salmond may win. Then there was a choice; then there was passion. 97% of Scotts are registered to vote. Perhaps it’s the lack of any real choice that produces turnouts of less than 30%
If there is a YES vote then the resulting arguments amongst the Scotts will be portrayed and negative infighting by the British media – it’s inevitable and a sign of a vibrant democratic process.
All the various groups who blamed their lack of power on “London” seem to have invested independence with all their hopes and those Labour, Socialist and generally left wing voters who gave their votes to the SNP to keep the Tories out will no longer feel any need to support a party wishing to cut corporation tax.
Lessons for the Labour Party
There is a momentum away from the Westminster/neo-liberal consensus. Mrs Thatcher when asked what her greatest achievement was replied, “Tony Blair.” UKIP floats on this momentum and has made unthinking racism respectable (is thinking racism respectable?). When people look around and see their communities changed beyond recognition the people who controlled the forces that shut down manufacturing and found it more profitable to produce those goods abroad don’t get the blame – they don’t live round here – it must be the Rumanians fault.
Labour have to talk about power internationally, nationally and locally. Who has it and how do you get it.
- Talking about TTIP would be a good place to start this conversation.
- How to privatise the NHS by stealth would be another good topic – they’ll know a lot about that.
- How to keep Railway fat-cats well fed on subsidies – they know a lot about that too
- They need to explain that no private provider brings more money in to public services than they take out – that’s not how it works.
I know I should be more optimistic but hey ………
It’s Labor Day in the USA on Sept 1st
I pinched this from http://www.desmoinesregister.com
Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labour in 1886, said, “We want more school houses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more constant work and less crime; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures, to make manhood more noble, womanhood more beautiful and childhood more happy and bright. These in brief are the primary demands made by the Trade Unions in the name of labour. These are the demands made by labour upon modern society and in their consideration is involved the fate of civilization.”
We need to tell the world that we still want these things
It’s not as if we didn’t know that when you warm up a stew that the scum comes to the top.
OK, the “Arab Spring” was a surprise but we managed to get through the summer pretty quickly and had it back under control by autumn.
Libya was a great success – the biggest cost was the hotel for the bomber crews in Italy – but it was a late booking.
Syria has been a qualified success and would have been sewn-up by now had Cameron not screwed it up in the House of Commons. Miliband was amazed that he had somehow managed to avert the humanitarian bombing we had planned in support of the human heart eating zealots. (more scum)
I like the style of Vicky Nuland, our American cousin, who was dishing biscuits out to the protesters in the Kiev square one minute then proclaiming that the EU should be “fucked,” when they seemed a bit reluctant to get up to speed with sanctions against Russia.
It looks like Billy “fourteen pints” Hague is coming into his own again. With him fronting our response it will give them Ruskies a false sense of security
I’ve decided I’m rubbish at trying to explain my point of view.
I opined that our government had gifted millions of pounds to their friends and backers. The lady who was my interlocutor was cross that I hadn’t told her that she could have bid for £700 worth of shared and she would have made a 40% profit within a week.
When I told her that the outfit the Chancellor’s best man works for made £18 million, she replied, “Good for him – I wish I had.”
“But the difference between what the Government flogged it off for and what it’s worth is almost a £1 billion,” said I. “That was gifted to their friends and backers in the City. They’ve stolen that from the people.”
“Only you think that. Did you know I could have applied for £700 worth of shares? Enquired she.
“Fancy, I could have had £400 if it wasn’t for your principles.”
As my mother used to say throughout my teenage years, “Where did I go wrong? Where DID I go wrong.?
Perhaps the promotion of UKIP and the endless anti EU propaganda is simply the mood-music and prelude to the birth of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
Type “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership” and as of today you’ll get 669K hits the whole thing is corrupt and a stitch-up. The end result is that the treaty will put the interests of big business above the interests of the people. OK, nothing new there you may think but the scale and scope of what’s planned is truly awesome.
OK, I know I said I didn’t want to be an Obama bore but this move was so predictable and widely predicted.
The President Offers to Cut Social Security and Republicans Agree
“The Republican leadership is already salivating over the President’s proposed Social Security cut. They’ve been wanting to cut Social Security for years. “
Check out he link here