Is Scottish Government Cursed?

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– 15 September 2014 –

Patulcius:

Patulcius-sqThe Scots might look to history when they consider their independence on Thursday. Before the 1707 union with England, the sovereign state of Scotland suffered almost relentlessly from a scourge of infighting, incompetent leadership, bad luck, and wars.

Having no heirs to replace the deceased king Alexander III in 1286, rather than face a potential civil war among the various claimants to the throne, the Scottish nobles allowed the English king Edward I to arbitrate, foolishly granting him feudal concessions to do so. The English king then used his new power to undermine and eliminate Scottish sovereignty, leading ultimately to 60 years of devastating war just to win back the status quo of 1286.

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The tragic reign, imprisonment, and death of Mary Queen of Scots perfectly exemplifies this curse on Scottish government. Can the Scots expect similar episodes of incompetence, social drama, and bad luck in the future?

The history of the Stewart (and Stuart) kings is one tragic soap opera from beginning to end, covering a period from 1371 to 1714, by which time Scotland and England had united. The early Stewarts were plagued by useless French alliances that dragged Scotland into repeated and indecisive wars with England. Insurrections in the Highlands and Borders were a regular annoyance. Kings had the bad luck to die prematurely, leaving devious regents to rule for the child heirs. The reign and death of Mary Queen of Scots is the perfect embodiment of this curse on Scotland.

When the Stuarts began to run England, too, they brought the Scottish curse to the whole of Britain, most notoriously with the English Civil Wars and Cromwell’s Protectorate, then the Glorious Revolution and finally the Jacobite uprisings after the last Stuart, Queen Anne, had died. From that time, the domestic history of the island of Britain was remarkably stable, excepting a few Jacobite uprisings in support of the Stuart pretender (“Fifteen” and “Forty-Five”).

After the Acts of Union in 1707, Scotland’s fortunes rose with England’s, resulting in the Scottish Enlightenment, and the country provided the world with some of history’s greatest scientists, philosophers, doctors, and engineers. Scottish culture blossomed along with its prosperity, and the English for the most part left Scottish society intact (with the exception of the Highlands). This general peace and prosperity has continued to the present day.

And why do the Scots want independence now? They want more political control from what they view as a neo-liberal Westminster government where Scotland has little influence. A desire to gain more say in one’s government does make sense, even though that means a more socialist, left-wing government in the case of Scotland today. In that vein, the Scottish National Party wants to ban nuclear weapons, expand government benefits, reduce the wage gap, et cetera. They also fear that the UK will leave the EU, and the Scottish National Party very much supports the EU, if not the Euro. They ironically oppose nationalism, mostly because nationalism is considered exclusionary and oppressive, in other words, “yucky”, for left-wingers. The SNP also says that the economy will benefit from independence, though this is impossible to predict with accuracy.

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What is the point of gaining independence if the Scots are going to squander it with their support of the sovereignty-eroding EU?

What is the point of gaining independence if the Scots are going to squander it with their support of the sovereignty-eroding EU?  How is the unaccountable Brussels government much different from an unaccountable Westminster government?  I suspect that the politics of the SNP more closely matches that of the EU, and that this is more about their frustration with British politics than the self-determination of Scotland.  It’s a tantrum over the Scots’ disappointment that a Tory government is in power in the UK when they want the Left.

Most of the supporters of independence don’t seem to really care about Scottish nationhood, they just want more benefits from the government and smaller taxes, or a larger share of oil revenues.

What will happen when the Scottish government fails to deliver on their promises?

With Scots once again in control of their own destiny, they might well see the return of the old curse of Scottish leadership, with it’s incompetence, social drama, and bad luck.

Of course, the Yes vote isn’t likely to win. Elections are free and fair up to a point, but if the vote is close, and if the issue is of vital importance to the powers that be, the outcome can be safely manipulated. The Quebec independence vote of 1995 comes to mind, where the pro-independence vote failed by a mere 54,000 votes out of 4.7 million cast, and where many votes were questionably invalidated. If the English powers-that-be oppose Scottish independence, the vote will fail by hook or by crook.

The main reason that global elites might oppose Scottish independence has little to do with Scotland directly. With the loss of left-wing Scottish votes in Parliament along with the potential rise of UKIP, nationalist sentiments in England could threaten the established globalist hegemony in the British government. The Scottish independence vote has also spurred regional independence sentiments around the world, including Catalonia and Okinawa, and a Yes victory would likely fan even more sovereignty movements, particularly in Europe. If such secessionist movements occur around the world, international globalism could be threatened.

Clusivius:

Clusivius-sqOr the shattering of large and powerful nation-states could actually make globalization even easier, with no strong power able to resist globalist expansion.

And it is a terrible exaggeration to suggest that all Scottish government endeavors before the Union met with failure.  The flowering of the Scottish enlightenment wouldn’t have occurred without the educational foundations of government-established Scottish universities and the cultural foundations of the government-established Scottish church.

And the pre-union history of Ireland is similarly plagued with dysfunction.  Now Ireland is functioning quite well on its own.  Scotland will, too.

Scotland should vote Yes for independence. The more remote the government, the less accountable it is to the people it claims to represent. Scotland is a nation that currently has little control over its own affairs, living under an unaccountable government that cares little for the Scottish people.

At one time the British government offered sound administration that promoted the fundamentals of civilization while posing no immediate threat to Scottland’s culture and national integrity. Now the British government isn’t even interested in protecting the English nation; it cares even less for the Scottish, Welsh, or Ulster nations within it.

Let Scotland go its own way, wherever that may lead. An independent Scotland would be no worse off than it is now under the decrepit British government. If Scotland makes mistakes, they will be Scottish mistakes, and they can find Scottish solutions.

Concorditas:

ConcorditasAs the British government continues to sell out its own people in just about every way, Scotland should leave the United Kingdom while it has the opportunity to do so.

When the London caliphate rules the land, or the English nationalists crack down in reaction to political correctness, or whatever form a future British government might take, Scotland isn’t likely to have a second opportunity to peaceably withdraw.

The Scottish embrace of the European Union is admittedly foolish, but it will be easier to leave the EU later than to leave the UK. And the EU is little worse than the Westminster government.

Not that, as an American, it’s really any of my business.

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  1. I’m with Clusivius, let em sink or swim on their own.

    “Insurrections in the Highlands and Borders were a regular annoyance.”

    “and the English for the most part left Scottish society intact (with the exception of the Highlands).”

    Anglo Saxons settled along the coast and became the Lowlanders while the Highlanders are a Gaelic people from Ireland. I would like to see a map showing for/against independence, I’m curious to see if it coincides with the high/low lander divide.

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    • Here’s a site where the maps seems accurate enough given the uncertainty of polls. It also overlays these poll numbers with the results of some recent elections.

      http://election-data.blogspot.com/2014/09/scottish-independence-survation-poll.html

      By the looks of it, there is something to your theory. The central belt seems to favor independence the most (relatively speaking), the Lowlands the least, and the northern half of Scotland (including the Highlands), somewhere in the middle. Their votes in regular elections also show this regional divide.

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      • It looks like the strongest yeses are in the two districts either side of Glasgow. Even the solidly SNP areas trend “no.”

        It’ll be interesting to see what happens, and if the referendum comes back in favor of independence, it will be interesting to see if they go through with it.

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