Embracing austerity (Ian Scott)
As the predictable, horrifying consequences of our referendum become apparent – more massive cuts in welfare expenditure, more massive cuts in our education and health budgets, and even greater moves to privatise anything that the City and its friends can make a killing on, isn’t it suitably typical of our unionist friends to take a perverse delight in the fall of the value of oil.
Of course anyone with the slightest knowledge of the international trading markets has had the sense to sit back and observe, but only the dullard could declare the current price as being fixed and permanent.
Who only knows where the OPEC end game will finish, but one thing is for sure, making a judgment now on future oil prices is quite absurd.
Shetland, never having had experienced the 40-odd years of Thatcher economics that has blighted the most of the rest of Britain, eagerly plumped for a return to the 1930s and embraced increasing austerity.
Austerity for others of course, not for me. Sadly by voting “no” we have, whether we like it or not, condemned vast swathes of Scotland to return to the poor house, the food bank and the street.
Our council, of course, now glories in achieving in what it has called a sustainable budget, whatever that is supposed to be. This sustainable budget, this guff, is designed merely to try to give a credible veneer to what the reality is.
It is fairly obvious, even to the dullard, I expect, that if all our services are cut, all our spending is cut, our youth grants abolished, in effect everything cut, then we may end up with a lot of things but it is certainly not sustainable.
What in fact do they mean by a sustainable budget? If I am not mistaken, it means that Messrs Cameron and Clegg and the rest of them are very happy indeed, and our council, like far too many others, are happily dancing to their tune.
In recent years we have seen our leading councillors traipsing around Scotland, being lauded, wined, dined and patronised by their establishment friends, and just to emphasise how ridiculous they are, they were awarded a prize by The Herald, praise indeed.
In conclusion, however grim the future appears to be for Scotland, the one thing that we have to look forward to in the forthcoming elections is the virtual extinction of both the Liberals and the Labour Party. Just reward for their behaviour.