The union is dead – RIP (Charlie Gallagher)
“An eye to the future and a heart to forgive” ran the famous Corries folk song, repeated by Alex Salmond in his victory address at Preston Fields Hotel.
But who do we have to forgive? Well we could start with those London centric unionist parties that even up to a few months ago denied the Scottish people the right to determine their own destiny. And what was the unionist response, the unelected Michael Forsyth and Murdo Fraser MSP are now saying bring it on, though just months ago it was over our dead bodies.
Laddies, you had your chance in the last Scottish Parliament to vote the Referendum Bill through but instead you made it abundantly clear that as you and your fellow travellers in Labour and the Lib/Dems had a collective majority you would vote it down.
Well lads, in case you haven’t noticed there is a new broom in town and we will now say when the referendum will be held. Personally I like the idea of Tuesday 24th June 2014 and to hell with the convention of only voting on Thursdays. If you don’t recognise the date, probably because you were never taught it, get a good Scottish history book out and start from about 1250AD.
But what does Thursday 5th May’s result tell us? For starters the three “not” so wise London centric unionist lickspittles have all thrown in the towel. It should also tell Labour and the Lib/Dems that it is high time that they severed all ties with London.
I would remind them that our parties have a common ancestor in Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, a Liberal MP, who became disillusioned with them and along with Keir Hardie founded the Scottish Labour Party in 1888. He left in 1893 when after joining with the English and Welsh Labour Parties it moved to London control.
From this point onwards they were bedazzled by London high life, completely forgetting their voters and why they were elected. It was a mistake that has cursed Labour in Scotland to this day for even as I write this piece you can see the controlling hand of London interfering again with London set to control their post mortem.
Over the last 118 years nothing in Labour has changed whereas the SNP still upholds the beliefs of our common founder. With the Brown/Gray/Murphy and Daily Record wing of the Labour Party in Scotland, the hard line British Unionists, thoroughly routed, it is time for the McLeish/Deacon progressive wing to take control, severing all ties with London and reforming it into a party fit for the changes that the next few years are going to bring.
Much the same applies to the Lib/Dems for until they realise that a federal Britain is as dead as the dodo, then they will remain what they are now – a busted flush! They tried federalism in Ireland in the 1920s and it didn’t work there, why? Simple, the Irish wanted to govern themselves without any ties to, or interference from London. We Scots are no different.
As for the Conservative and Unionist Party they retain the toxic legacy of Thatcher. They also don’t seem to realise that there are a large number of right of centre voters in Scotland but they just aren’t unionists.
Perhaps the answer is for some from this band to have the get-up-and-go and set about forming a wholly new Scottish right of centre party with no ties to the London anti-Scottish establishment that has been and always will be the Tory party.
In the new Scotland we surely will need to have some real balance brought back into our political debate, for no matter how successful the SNP government is now and in the future, every government needs, no matter how good, to have the checks and balances of a robust opposition.
Yes, with the spectacular crash of the three unionist parties we know that London control of Scotland is coming to an end. The union is dead – RIP.
Tigh Na Mara,