I totally cracked up at the thought of Nicola Sturgeon calling Jack McConnell for advice. It’s just such a bizarre idea.
Equally outlandish is the notion that Scotland might wait until 2022 before holding a new independence referendum. Any rational analysis tells us that #ScotRef must be no later than September 2018. Any later than that and Scotland will find itself in a situation scarily similar to that which is presently bringing out the fascist tendencies of the Spanish state as it tries to crush the democratic aspirations of Catalunya’s people.
The wonder is that this is not obvious to professional political journalists and commentators. Perhaps they are so focused on UK/EU relations that the Scottish situation totally eludes them. Which is still hard to comprehend. After all, it’s not as if British nationalist politicians have been at all coy about their urgent desire to deny Scotland’s right of self-determination. One might have thought that at least a few of those who style themselves political correspondent and the like would ask the obvious question about how far the British political elite might be prepared to go in its efforts to stem the tide of democratic dissent and lock Scotland into a political union.
Of course, it’s possible that some of them have asked this question. One can readily understand why those in the pay of the British establishment media might be reluctant to risk their careers by challenging the cosy consensus of a beneficent British state that epitomises democracy dealing with the unreasonable demands and agitations of ‘vile separatists’. Insidious self-censorship is one of established power’s most effective means of ensuring that the approved narrative is not questioned.
It is possible, too, that some journalists are so comfortably complacent that they are not prepared to believe the scenes of harsh repression currently being played out in Catalunya could happen in ‘Britain’. British patriots must possess a well-developed capacity for redacting imperialist Britannia’s appalling criminal record. And the totally unprincipled conduct of Better Together/Project Fear during – and since – the first referendum campaign tells us that British nationalists are perfectly capable of rationalising even the most clearly reprehensible acts carried out in the name of defending established structures of power, privilege and patronage.
It all goes to confirm that we cannot rely on the British media to provide the kind of honest commentary and scrupulous analysis which might facilitate the informed choice which functioning democracy requires. Any more than Nicola Sturgeon can look to Jack McConnell for sound advice.Views: 6735
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