Bun fights and Handbags at Dawn

I have been keeping a very close watch over the shenanigans and one upmanship which has been going on in parliament,in the press and in the media this week. In the course of it all, I and many others have been highly entertained at the goings on. For the first time we are really beginning to see passionate debate in the pubs,the street,and the tv studio along with in parliament.

So far it is all a wrangle over process and law,and who has the upper hand in shaping and delivering the Scottish Referendum.
We started off the week with David Cameron in the Tv studio, attempting to stamp his authority over proceedings, while Alex Salmond was out of the country.
This was followed by the pronouncements of a Cabinet meeting on the site of the London Olympics, and led by George Osbourne,fleshing out their rules and expectations.
The following day Michael Moore lays down the law in the House of Commons,setting out Westminster control over the whole process,and asserting that it would all have to happen sooner rather than later,and the Scottish Government had to agree by Westminster terms, in order for the Referendum to be legitimate. While In the middle of Moores statement,Alex Salmond appears on National tv and announces the date,and tells Westminster to take a hike, Its our Baw and yer no getting it!

All great fun,and highly amusing in parts,but the Unionist attacks were getting more vitriolic and more strident in both the parliament and the debating couches on tv.

It became very evident in these televised debates that the BBC in particular were going to be heavily weighted on the Unionist side. By framing the debate on party political lines, it could be no other way, with the Tories,Labour and LibDems all becoming united as the Unionist Party versus the SNP lone Independence voice.
All distinctly unfair and a prime example of the British Sense of Fair Play. On STV we had a debate of 3v1 all shouting over Nicola Sturgeon, and on BBC Question time, in front of a hostile audience in London, we had a ratio of 4v1,with its presenter behaving like a protagonist, and interrupting,arguing and talking over Nicola Sturgeon.
Allegedly for balance the BBC had the xenophobic buffoon Kelvin MacKenzie, who contrary to his normal views, wished Scotland and Independence all the best,and then said no more.
Dougie Alexander behaved like spoiled schoolboy, and was extremely rude to Nicola Sturgeon on one side,with David Dimbleby not exercising any modicum of control, or restraint on her other side. The only time she got to speak freely without interference, was on British health issues, and some fast rail line between London and Birmingham.
Lord Ashdown rambled on and compared Scotlands referedum to Bosnia and the Balkan conflict.
By the time Question Time was over, I was so enraged and livid that I was nearly putting my fist through the Tv screen!

Earlier in the day a blunder through poor choice of expression and clarity, was made in the Scottish parliament by Joan McAlpine of the SNP. Through some unfortunate carelessness, she equated the Unionist parties as being Anti Scottish,rather than taking action which was detrimental to Scotland. Cue faux outrage by all the Unionists in the Scottish parliament. How dare she say that the Scottish people were not Scottish, and had an equal right to be so,if they did not happen to agree with Independence.
She went on to clarify in the Scottish parliament, that she was referring to their actions through Westminsters interference with the Scots Democratic Mandate, but the damage was done!
The Tv news edited it in such a way, as to suggest it was the Scottish people that she was having a pop at, and it was further used as a weapon against Nicola Sturgeon on BBC Question time by Dougie Alexander,with his incessant attempt to disrupt her answer on another matter,behaving like a toddler who wanted his sweeties now! I even spent half my evening defending her against some Unionist Conservative friends, who were spreading the word on Facebook on the basis of tweets, and the Tv presentation of events. I informed them of the selective editing, and that I had watched the whole event Live,and could confirm it was a misrepresentation of facts which were being promoted by the BBC Pravda department.

We are only at the very start of this debate,and already people are having heated debates with friends and family,and getting very hot under the collar. This of course, Is exactly what the BBC and Westminster and the Unionist parties want to see happen.They cannot argue on substance,so they argue by outrage,and misinformation,and abuse, and personality attacks. all the while putting on a reasonable patriarchal face of concern and fair play.
Its all bullshit! But they know it works with those who dont investigate matters properly, of which there are very many.

This is not an issue which should be allowed to be hijacked in such a fashion, it is far too important to the people of Scotland. The debate from a Nationalist perspective must always be reasoned, and articulate, and based on facts. We cannot allow ourselves to be outraged by Unionist tactics, nor can we respond in kind.No matter how angry we might get over what is said by the media, by unionist politicians, by those who are ignorant of fact, we must keep the cool.

It will at times take a great deal of restraint I am sure. We may find ourselves reacting in a knee jerk fashion to accusations, we may get upset at the terminology used against us, we cannot and must not allow ourselves to be dragged into the gutter of abusiveness, where they want to drag us down to. That is their area of expertise,and we will lose!

We owe it to ourselves,as a people,as a nation,and for all those who follow, to conduct ourselves with clarity and politeness.
By keeping to the high ground,we can very easily use the negative tactics of the Unionists and the British State against themselves.
Let them be seen clearly for how they behave,and how they abuse, and misinform. The best way to show up boorish behaviour is to face it calmly.

This does not mean we cannot be passionate, we can! We simply channel that passion in a positive fashion,and not waste it in negativity to an opposing view. It is here that Nationalists have a very clear advantage. Irrespective of our other differences in political view,we are united in a cause and belief, which overrides lesser matters. The Unionists have no such cause or belief, they only defend the structures, and Establishment which gains them personally. Thus their differences with each other are their weakness.
When a Strongly held popular Cause faces a Regime, the Regime topples,and the Cause wins every time.
SO let us stay strong, calm,and remain focussed on our ultimate Cause, that of a once more Independent, Autonomous Scotland, where we are not ruled by a Self Serving British Cabal.

There’s Something Inside so strong,and I know that we can make it,if we keep the heid!

The higher you build your barriers
The taller I become

The farther you take my rights away
The faster I will run

You can deny me
You can decide to turn your face away

No matter, cos there’s….
Something inside so strong

I know that I can make it
Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong

You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, something inside so strong

The more you refuse to hear my voice
The louder I will sing

You hide behind walls of Jericho
Your lies will come tumbling

Deny my place in time
You squander wealth that’s mine

My light will shine so brightly
It will blind you

Cos there’s……
Something inside so strong

I know that I can make it
Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong

You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, something inside so strong

Brothers and sisters
When they insist we’re just not good enough

When we know better
Just look ’em in the eyes and say
I’m gonna do it anyway
I’m gonna do it anyway

Something inside so strong
And I know that I can make it

Tho’ you’re doing me wrong, so wrong
You thought that my pride was gone
Oh no, something inside so strong
Oh oh oh oh oh something inside so strong

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About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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One Response to Bun fights and Handbags at Dawn

  1. Andrew H McMorrin says:

    Excellent yet again with some sage words at the end.

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