Isn’t it Ironic
2019 is going to be remembered surely as the summer when irony died. Threw itself on a funeral pyre because it cannot survive in a world where people ignore it and fail to recognise it.
Yesterday Ann Widdecombe,compared the UK leaving the EU to the emancipation of slaves, she clothed Great Britain in the metaphor of “the oppressed” and placed the EU as the great oppressors, she spoke about colonies freeing themselves from the empires which colonised them with a complete absence of self awareness as after all, Britain was the oppressor, the colonial power, the owner of slaves, the feudal power crushing the peasants. Some would argue that the rise in poverty, the policies of Universal Credit and PIP rollout mean they still are continuing the whole “oppress the poor” elitist policies and it’s hard to argue that they are wrong.
The same happened with Question Time last night. If you ever want to see the difference between Scotland and England’s politics, society, attitudes, you just need to watch an episode of Question Time from somewhere in England. Last night we heard complaints about the undemocratic nature of the EU and the way it elects it’s senior positions. The plaintive cry of “we don’t get a vote” rang out, From people living in a country where our next Prime minister is being decided by about 130 000 Tory members. The phrase “unelected” was used again and again. By people living in a country where our complete second chamber is made up of unelected Peers. Its like a parallel universe, like we have completely forgotten our own political processes as they happen under our noses! We seem to have our fingers in our ears whilst singing lalalalalaaaaa.
Meanwhile in Scotland, We saw Theresa May arrive to plea for the future of the union. A union which she has put at risk through her party’s refusal to recognise that Brexit does not work for Scotland. She complained that the SNP did not negotiate in good faith. She who’s Government has ignored Scotland at every level since the Brexit Vote of 2016. Let’s remind ourself of these shall we?
The Scottish Government our forward compromise proposals – ignored
The Scottish Government called for our needs on migration to be recognised – ignored
The SG highlighted ways our economy would suffer with Brexit and called for recognition of that – ignored.
The Scottish Parliament voted for a refusal of legislative consent for the EU withdrawal bill – ignored
And outwith Brexit – calls for powers over fracking, over drug policy, over welfare to be devolved have been ignored too.
The Brexit Deal which is over 500 pages long doesn’t mention Scotland once – ignored.
And as we wait to see what Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have to say in Perth today, I’m stirring the embers of that funeral pyre for more irony kindling to come our way. We are likely to hear the candidates speaking to the few who will choose and showing they are committed to refusing to allow Scotland a second referendum on independence,a policy voted for by the Scottish Parliament, by the people of Scotland who elected an independence supporting majority and which has been underlined by electoral success for the party campaigning for independence. But hey – it’s the EU that are undemocratic.