Don’t you just get the impression that they’re making it up as they go along? Brexit Minister, David Davis inadvertently said something that might perceived as having positive implications for Scotland, and the British establishment hurriedly trots out its tame ‘experts’ to snort and guffaw at any suggestion that anything could ever work out well for independent Scotland. Quite apart from the brazen lies, the asinine scare-mongering and the empty promises, what makes the British nationalist propaganda so devoid of credibility is its unrelenting negativity. The obdurate insistence that independence can have absolutely no redeeming qualities whatever. The rigid dogma which holds that there cannot ever be anything even remotely good about Scotland being a normal country. That independence must inevitably be an unmitigated, ruinous, cataclysmic, sky-collapsing catastrophe.
This portrayal is so much at odds with observable reality and lived experience that, other than for ideologically committed hard-line unionists who are incapable of questioning anything that comes wrapped in a union flag, the propaganda is self-defeating. It almost contradicts itself.
People just know that things are rarely if ever that clear-cut in the real world. Few things are as utterly devoid of redeeming features as British nationalists want to persuade us is the case with independence. People are generally not stupid. Or, at least, not as stupid as the British state’s puerile propaganda assumes. They look around and they see all those scores of other countries that are both independent and not reduced to a disease-ridden, crime-wracked midden of despair and misery such as Brits envisage as the certain fate of Scotland absent the guiding grace of Britannia’s beneficent hand.
This absolutist approach is evident in the matter that is the subject of this article. The ‘hard border issue’. The British nationalists have decided that the term ‘hard border’ is scary, and nothing can be allowed to dilute the doom-laden implications of the phrase. It’s all so woefully simplistic. A ‘hard border’ must ensue as a consequence of Scotland choosing to normalise its constitutional status. A ‘hard border’ is a very bad thing. Therefore, independence is a very bad thing. This is the kind of stuff that was considered too insultingly low-brow for inclusion in ‘Politics for Dummies’. But we’re supposed to just meekly accept it.
We’re not supposed to ask who it is that’s creating this ‘hard border’. We’re not supposed to be able to figure out that it would be the choice of the rUK Government, NOT the Scottish Government. We’re not supposed to be clever enough to wonder what the implications would be for businesses in rUK. Or how those businesses would react to a government imposing onerous restrictions on trade and travel.
We’re not supposed to possess the intellectual wherewithal to wonder whether a ‘hard border’ is actually likely to materialise. Or whether it is as significant a threat to Scotland as the British nationalist propaganda would have us believe.
We’re not supposed to question. We’re not supposed to think. We’re just expected to react to buttons being pressed like good little sheeple.
We’re certainly not supposed to say, “So what!?” We’re not supposed to take the position that, if British nationalists want to wall themselves into a a self-imposed ghetto, that’s up to them. We may find the idea repugnant. But if that is the choice they’ve made, who are we to gainsay them? In the ethos of Scotland’s civic nationalism, independence is not isolation but the capacity to freely negotiate the terms on which nations associate. If, by democratic means, rUK opts for relationships based on exclusiveness, detachment and distrust then the rest of the world must respect this choice.
Scotland cannot be expected to forego its potential and abandon its aspirations for the sake of pandering to British nationalist threats of self-harm, any more than we should be deterred from bringing our government home by the ludicrously overblown atmosphere of menace that an increasingly ridiculous looking British establishment is striving to associate with the entirely normal condition of being an independent nation.Views: 2963
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