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Dreamland and Scotland

Not so pleasant this time, last night.

The story has faded through the day, only the sense of a chase through a tesseract of walls and houses, a blonde youth having his bike stolen, then both of us running and many following, an eerie paranoid feel. Turned out the only way to deal with it was to turn and aggressively face the pursuers, to the extent of outright attack. It was only then that I discovered that attack didn't work - some force stopped punches from connecting. So there was no point anyone fighting, and they all went home. Later I learned the blonde boy had no genitals and many diseases. Full moon nights, good for bringing out my not so inner loon...

I am troubled by the Scottish referendum. Some of it is selfish...I don't want to think of my father's country as a foreign land; it's never been clear to me where home is, only memories of childhood when, in Scotland people were kind to me, and in England they were not.

To me it seems that England has long been in love with the idea of the rich, a sort of Upstairs Downstairs obsession, most assuming that they would somehow be upstairs enjoying the parties. In Scotland, the Highland Clearances and other historical issues seems to have left a less drooling idea of the Lovely Rich and What They Do. If only Salmond was a man worth trusting! There's a craftiness and excitability about him I don't like. It worries me that he just expects to have the pound, expects the Bank of England will guarantee his spending, or, he says, Scotland will renege on its part of the UK's debt - hardly an inducement for any other lender to help out or invest in Scotland. I think he is so eager to go down in history, he can't be bothered with details.

As far as I can tell, Scotland doesn't want the NHS to be dismantled (neither does England, but the NHS marches going on just don't get reported by the Beeb or Sky) nor do they want the kind of austerity measures that kill people http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/david-clapson-benefit-sanctions-death-government-policies?CMP=fb_gu) they don't want the extraordinary cult of inequality and privilege that has shaped our society,(http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/old-boys-club-still-dominates-public-life-according-to-major-new-report-9695229.html) and they don't want a corrupt government we can't change because the very system of parliament we rely on makes it impossible to remove them. Take fox hunting for example. The British public are overwhemingly against it, something like 80%. Cameron hunts, in fact, the master of his local hunt was one of the first to be taken to court for illegally hunting. If Cameron gets a second term, he wants to put the hunt thing to the vote again - not a national referendum of course, but he would get the MPs to vote on it, and if he has enough MPs he'll overturn it. Knowing the hunting ban is the will of the people, he will dismiss it because his friends don't like it. Fracking? The people don’t want it, so he will change the law to make their opinion irrelevant. Badger cull? Independent scientists and advisors warn that it is inefficient and being carried out inhumanely, so this year, there will be no independent observers. What manner of government is this? No wonder Scotland doesn't want it. I don't want it either.

I love this dream of a new Old Land where the ideal of fairness for everyone is important. The childish part of me gets excited by imagining a new heraldic device for Scotland, a unicorn unchained, as opposed to the maltreated circus lion of the south. Very recently a TUC leader was giving a speech on the UK's seeming return to a nastier poorer society, defined by class distinction and poverty. Her broadcast was cut short by a newsflash on the next royal baby (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tuc-leader-frances-ogrady-speech-on-class-system-cut-off-by-royal-baby-newsflash-9719503.html)


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 10th, 2014 09:59 am (UTC)
Point of fact - Alex Salmond already controls NHS Scotland and admitted in the debate that as a result of the coalition's policies his budget had gone up.

Sep. 10th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
But nobody trusts this govt when it comes to the NHS...there was that incident in 2012, when Cameron had to recant his disingenuous claim that public health spending had gone up, there's a rise in outsourcing that many consider tantamount to privatisation, or at least private profits, some of which, by sheer coincidence, benefit wealthy Tory party donors.

It smacks of the venal.

Sep. 10th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Given the whole Alex Salmond/Donald Trump fiasco (turns out Alex will not only overturn the local council decision to accommodate an American millionaire, he will also lock up journalists who investigate it) I really really fear a Yes vote.

Although I concede that if we are collectively daft enough to vote for this, we will deserve what we get.

Edited at 2014-09-10 08:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 10th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
I hadn't head about the Salmond/Trump situation.

How can this man have any credibility at all?
Sep. 10th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I desperately hope that Scotland do not get independance, purely because I would fear it meant that we will be stuck with a Tory government for ever. Scotland has a lot of Labour MPs. If they do, I would genuinely want to move there.
Sep. 10th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, I feel there is a very real danger of precisely this happening, and it has occurred to me to perhaps take dual citizenship and move north of the border.

But Salmond gives me the creeps.
Sep. 11th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
Me too.
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