Ex-public schoolboy and faux geezer ‘man of the people’, Nigel Farage, may represent more of a threat to the Bitter Together forces of negativity and dodgy money than any piddling oil based contributions. AhDinnaeKen ponders why:
“Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.” – Eric Hoffer. No self respecting Skintsman would disagree with that.
By Prejjy Diss and Longshanker
CONSIDER THE following quotes from that oft quoted document of grievance, misgiving and burning injustice, frequently referred to by the chipped shooder Nationalist Brigade – The McCrone report:
“Britain is now counting so heavily on North Sea oil to redress its balance of payments that it is easy to imagine England in dire straits without it.”
“…it is now likely that transfer of North Sea oil to Scottish ownership would occasion much bitterness in England if not an attempt to forcibly prevent it.”
Now, probably more so than ever, oil is a vital source of revenue in helping shore up the UK’s balance of payments.
What’s left of the UK, after the highly unlikely event of independence, would be in double trouble due to the potential significant loss of oil.
We are already careering headlong toward bankruptcy with all the deeply unpleasant social unrest it will inevitably bring.
UKIP’s force majeure showing in the recent elections isn’t so much a symptom of protest – though that is probably the root of it – it’s a symptom of the deep disenfranchisement and frustrated malaise at the political class, currently running throughout the length and breadth of the UK.
In this instance, us Skints are lucky. Our plasticine parliament means that we can vote SNP and delude ourselves, for the timebeing, that the vote actually achieves something.
The SNP phenomenon has certainly helped dissipate, to a small degree, the collective cynicism against the political class in Skintland – the SNP themselves are ever the willing little helpers encouraging the Barnum statement beliefs of ‘social justice’, ‘civicness’, ‘progressiveness’, ‘doing things differently here’ yadda yadda etc etc ZZzzz.
Racists to the left of me, Nationalists to the right
Much is made of UKIP’s alleged racism and pandering to unpleasant extremes. Most of the claims are probably true. They certainly appear to have tapped into the groundswell of the common prejudice and bigotry of Kelvin McKenzie’s archetypal Sun reader as a “bloke down the pub, a right old fascist“.
And that’s why it was a genius move that witnessed Farage’s post-elections press conference being held in a pub.
AhDinnaeKen found it somewhat ironic, given that Farage is now a fully paid up member of the post Milly Dowler Sun King Salmond Rupert Murdoch backscratching publicity whoring club.
“Nationalism is power hunger tempered by self-deception.” – George Orwell.
We* wouldn’t be surprised if Farage’s pub press conference idea had been suggested by a News International PR bod.
And that’s the worry. Farage and his supporters may be the catalyst for an English brand of nationalism which has Skintland firmly in its sights.
Thanks to Sun King Salmond’s current love for the Big European Quangocracy at Brussels, the Skints could easily be painted as the Euro loving ‘enemy within’.
If we think there’s been unpleasantry up till now, then it is as nothing, compared to what will come under UKIP directed fire.
It wouldn’t take much to rile certain pub class fascists into objectifying the Skints as stealers of their future heritage, subsidy junkies, deep fried mars bar munchers etc tedious etc.
It wouldn’t take much for UKIP to point to Skintland’s pocket money plasticine parliament and make the claim that it’s subsidised by ‘their’ English taxes.
And it wouldn’t take much for UKIP to gain quite a few extra significant votes by doing so.
If such a scenario was to occur, and it’s probably more likely than not, then it could be the game changer Sun King Salmond so desperately needs after the last two gruelling weeks for the SNP fantasy machine.
The onslaught against the SNP in that time period has left them punch drunk, reeling, directionless and clueless about how to effectively counter or respond.
Anyone who watched the Jon Snow/Salmond interview recently knows that Salmond never got off of the ropes – the only thing that saved him was the bell of the studio’s ‘next story’.
How AhDinnaeKen will react to English nationalism with a grievance against the Skints, when and if it arises, is an unknown.
All the petty piffling grievances raised by Nationalist types recently over the likes of the SOS saltire swastika, newspaper cartoons, Have I Got News for You ‘bugger offs’ and Susan Calman are laughable and unbecoming of anyone wishing to be taken seriously.
English nationalism with a grievance regarding ‘their’ oil revenues being taken away from them by selfish whinging subsidy junky Jocks could be a different matter altogether.
The polarising of National opinions on a large-ish, mutually antagonistic, politicised scale may just be the boost and game changer so desperately needed by the SNP to recover from the merciless pasting they’ve received recently.
For Nationalism to truly work it needs a common and mutually identifiable enemy.
UKIP may readily deliver that enemy. It’s an enemy we all know:
It’s the Auld Enemy.
Beware the Nationalists of both countries. To work, they need common, easily identifiable and demonised enemies.
UKIP are virtually guaranteed to deliver.
Beware UKIP, the Scottish Nationalists best new buddies.