We may fool ourselves
in Scotland that we are living in a democracy but we need only observe the
world around us to understand that there is a great danger that soon this will
no longer be true.
It was just about alright under Alex Salmond who was
reasonably benign in his immediate actions, if less so in his longer-term
nationalistic ambitions. However his dictatorial side manifested itself
particularly in his foolish and uninformed pursuit of alternative energy, covering
our countryside in windmills regardless of the cost or the consequences.
I really don’t want to denigrate our tribunes of the people, but I do
despair that half the time they don’t understand what they do…
In my opinion, one of the ways of connecting the population with those
who would govern them is to go back to the principle of a smaller society, not
the big society that Cameron so naively proposed. We need a geographic
connection between the governors and the governed; those in charge must be directly
answerable to the electorate. You want those who provide services to do so
Looking back over the past weeks and gathering my thoughts about the
referendum campaign, I try to marshal some of the feelings, reactions and
thoughts that have created in me such a profound depression.
I guess the second “debate” was the principal catalyst for depression.
Oh, what a fifth rate war we had - two shouty men - and an audience
with a cumulative IQ of 90. That really summed up everything for me.
Who won? Who cares?
On second thoughts, perhaps those of us who still are capable of
impartial thought could salvage something from the aftermath of this public
Land Reform: the
briefing paper produced for the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee
It is possible to read thebriefing paper on Land Reform* produced for the House of
Commons Scottish Affairs Committee and think at first glance that they may have
Had the reader recently landed
from Mars he might consider it reflects a kind of optimistic naivety whose
authors believe their own prejudices to be sacrosanct and that numbers can be
used to prove almost anything.
However should the same visitor
meet up with a rational human neither politician, left wing, or exclusively
urban, he might start to question the rationale of the committee’s approach to
As the debate over Scottish Separation grows ever more
disconnected from the truth, there is one injustice which continues to make a
mockery of the referendum - the disenfranchisement of Scots born North of the
Border who now work and live, however temporarily, elsewhere and who Salmond is
clearly frightened are more likely to vote for the Union.
Is it fair to give the vote in this important debate to
foreigners who have only been here a few years, while denying one to natural
For me, it merely confirms the change in Alex Salmond’s
position from competent First Minister of Scotland to snake oil salesman who
has no interest in an honest outcome.