I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this powerful Archie Macpherson speech that’s rocking the Better Together camp’s world. Have you actually watched it? It’s just 8 mins and 24 secs of an angry man railing at YES voters for abandoning both their brothers (And sisters) down south and the spirit of 1945. That’s about it. (And a couple of football jokes.)
Now I don’t know much about about Archie Macpherson but if he’s a sincere Labour Party member making a moral argument about togetherness then I get that. I’m both a Trade Unionist and a Labour Party member too and I also have friends and family down south. I bet lots of Scottish people have and also in the 66 other Countries that used to be part of the British Empire but aren’t any more because they realised that they were getting the shaft.
The Westminster set have finally realised that they are about to lose another large chunk of their Empire and they only have themselves to blame. Why are they so worried? Well imagine if you used to own half the World and have been living it large for a few centuries but now have only one wee group of islands. You wouldn’t want to lose any more would you? Well maybe if that part was full of feckless wasters you would?
Have you ever wondered why Westminster are so desperate to hold onto Scotland? Could it be that any kind of instability is simply bad for business? Maybe. I think it’s more likely that it’s because our tiny wee Country actually amounts to 32% of the land area of the whole UK and 61% of the sea area. We have 90% of the surface fresh water, 46% of the UK forestry and 62% of the timber production. We have 92% of the UK hydro electricity, 40% of wind, wave and solar power, 60% of the fish catch and around 20% of all the farm produce of the UK but only 8.3% of the population. The UK is imbalanced but it is Scotland that holds the trump card. They need us more than we need them. Notice that I made no mention of oil whatsoever there but while we’re at it Scotland also has about 80% of the remaining UK coal reserves too.
Archie then makes a couple of fatuous points about the NHS being a product of the whole of the UK and he hates seeing it used as a political football by the SNP. Well I hate seeing it sold out from underneath the UK by the Tories and I think that’s more important.
He also makes another point about having 65 million people in the UK to back our pensions up rather than 5 million in Scotland missing the rather obvious point that Scotland won’t have to pay out pensions for anyone outside Scotland.
And that’s about it. 8 mins and 24 secs of passion but absolutely no substance except the assertion that it is our moral duty to stick by our brothers in the rest of the UK.
He does make one point I will concede. There is no certainty. He demands certainty from the YES camp. I do not. I realise that this is a red herring. I could equally demand certainty from the NO camp. Tell me what the UK will be like when I retire or when my kids are of working age. No-one has a crystal ball. The next UK Government could be another Tory one or a Tory/UKIP coalition. It could be an ineffectual Labour one or a Lib/Lab coalition. Who knows.
I have been saying for a dozen years that I am sick of the government of the UK whether Labour, Conservative or now Lib-Dem too. I have no other options. I must vote YES in order to escape them and if the rest of the UK feel the same then they’ll have to do something about it too.
Scotland is not like the south of England. Neither is the north of England come to that. We don’t value the same things but we are constrained by their policies which do not serve us well. We are temperamentally different, geographically different and politically different. Ask yourself this: Why did all those other 66 Countries gain their Independance and celebrate it every year? Because any benefit they got was outweighed by the price they had to pay. David Cameron’s big mistake was the veto on Devo Max on the ballot paper. If that choice was there then there is no doubt in my mind that would have won hands down but it is not so we have to decide whether to stick with a Political System where 77% of the MPs are Male, 78% are millionaires and the majority went to Oxford or Cambridge and have never had a real job. That is The Establishment and getting rid of them is the best reason to vote YES and the rest of our brothers in England should get rid of them too.