Attentive readers will know that here at Wings Over Scotland we’ve been exhaustively detailing the 32-year trailer campaign for the fabled “positive case for the Union“. Well, despite our cynicism it’s finally here – the “Better Together” website, launched today, has a whole page devoted to describing the positive case (or as they’d have it, the “+ve” case, which the page URL mischievously translates to “-ve”) in detail.
Stand by to be blown away.
Times are really tough at home and really turbulent internationally. In the future Scotland’s prosperity will be strengthened by keeping the British connection.”
That’s the connection to a British state that’s a trillion pounds in debt, and has a massive structural deficit which the Tories and Lib Dems are trying desperately to reduce fractionally by savagely attacking the poorest and most vulnerable people in society, right? (Just as Labour did before them.)
In an uncertain world Scotland’s security will be strengthened as part of the United Kingdom. As part of the UK we have real clout in the UN Security Council, NATO, the EU, and we have Embassies around the world.”
We’re reasonably sure Scotland could still have embassies under independence. They’re just offices. We’re also pretty comfortable about doing without the “clout” that enables us to start illegal wars leading to the deaths of hundreds of British troops and up to a million Iraqi civilians, and has left the country still in ruins and chaos almost a decade later, with dozens of terrorist murders every single month.
And we’re absolutely certain that the UK’s actions are the single biggest threat to Scotland’s security. Nobody had ever tried to set off a suicide bomb in Scotland before we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. No country has attempted to invade Scotland in the last thousand years. Well, except one.
As Scots we believe there’s nowhere better, but we understand there’s something bigger. By contributing to and benefiting from the multi-national, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural United Kingdom of the years ahead, Scotland’s society and culture will be enriched.”
Replace the words “United Kingdom” in that paragraph with “Europe”. Still works. Replace them with “world”. Still works. If multiple nationalities, ethnicities and cultures are a good thing, surely the more the better? So why restrict ourselves to the parochial, insular, sometimes outright xenophobic UK? Why not just take our own seat at the table like every other normal country on the planet, without having our views “interpreted” for us through our “big brother” at Westminster?
“Hundreds of thousands of Scots and English have made their homes in each other’s nation. Half of us have English neighbours. Hundreds of thousands of Scots were born in England.”
Um, so? Scots and English people will still be able to live in each other’s nations after independence, like all EU citizens can at present. English neighbours will not be forcibly repatriated (or, indeed, non-forcibly). Scots will still be able to be born in England, and vice versa. Right now, if you’re born while your Scottish parents are on holiday in the Dordogne, you don’t suddenly become French.
And that’s all they’ve got. Those three pillars represent the entire “positive case” as put forward by the “Better Together” campaign. Black is in fact white: illegally invading Muslim nations (at the behest of a man who now hilariously bills himself a “Middle East peace envoy“) makes us safer, not more at risk; chaining ourselves to a large, terminally bankrupt neighbour makes us richer; wanting to engage more, not less, with the rest of the world makes us “separatists”; our feelings can best be voiced by letting bigger, tougher countries speak for us (and choose our governments for us). War is peace. Freedom is slavery. And most importantly of all, ignorance is strength.
So the next time you hear a Unionist use the phrase “stronger together” (or its menacing twin, “weaker apart”), readers, remember what it is they mean by “strong”.