I haven’t made any real comments on any forum during the course of the EU debate, instead I have simply watched and listened as events unfolded. However, having spent a good part of the last year touring all around England,It was fairly clear to me how it was all going to pan out, and I was absolutely correct in all I predicted, apart from one aspect. Had I been In Wales, I might even have got that one right, but as it was, Wales voting Leave was the only thing that I got wrong.
Clearly in England, the immigration issue, the rabid press and media, was going to be an overwhelming matter, particularly in areas of high social deprivation and low employment. For all the government and corporate replaying the economic project fear arguments they had used in Scotland, it was secondary to the concerns of the English working class,who had all been hammered hard by Tory austerity politics, with their traditional preference of Labour being completely ineffectual , muted.and striven by infighting.
So not only did project fear mark 2 fail spectacularly, the Scots watching on the sidelines had a good chuckle as they recognised all the same lines being trotted out again, and were completely unmoved or taken in by either side.
Both campaigns, run by individuals many Scots regarded with distrust and in some cases revulsion, were treated north of the border with equal contempt and derision.
In the event itself, England and Wales voted to leave, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain. Indeed there was a much higher proportion of Scots voting to remain than Leave managed to achieve anywhere in the other countries of the British union.
What I could not have predicted was the absolute mayhem that was to follow.
Cameron resigned, but not quite yet. The Tories are locked in an internal battle for leadership, with nobody wanting any responsibility for taking control of the mess, and nobody has any inkling what their plan A is, as the pound plummets and takes a pounding, as the stock market dives like a holed submarine, and the supposed Brexit leadership goes into hiding or plays cricket instead.
Already there are reports of racist attacks going on, foreign nationals being targeted, the thugs with their union jacks are continuing to make an arse of themselves, and that includes the ones in France!
Labour in the meantime has totally gone to the dogs, at a time when they should be making capital of the governments discomfort, and showing some sort of direction and leadership to make it through this utter mess.
The only leadership being shown is by Nicola Sturgeon, and thank goodness for her level head.
It was ever possible that should England vote out, that a second Scottish Independence referendum was likely, and so It would seem to be the case, despite Brian Taylor and Reporting Scotland trying in vain to convince us otherwise. “Not yet, not now”, he kept repeating, as he tried in vain to convince himself that this was not real, and this was not happening.
But it is real, and it very much is happening. So much so, that even many who had previously voted No to Scottish Independence, are even more angry and determined to fight for it this time than even some of the long standing Indy supporters. They were duped, they were lied to, they believed, and now they are utterly furious and looking for payback on the project fear rogues.
Membership of the SNP has soared again over the weekend, to a new membership level higher than the registered Labour support in Scotland.
Now is the time, and Now is the hour, for the times they are a changin!
What England wants England gets…only this time, they may not like the harvest they have sowed, and as they Isolate themselves from the world, the Scots are not for being trapped in isolation with them… We are off out of this dysfunctional union, once and for all!