June 19, 2012
Scottish independence: Campaigners gear up for defence of Union … The No campaign is launching a few weeks after the Yes campaign. The campaign against independence will be labelled “a stronger Scotland, a United Kingdom” in a staunch defence of the union between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, sources have revealed. The cross-party bid to save the union – headlined “Better Together” – will be launched next week and will emphasise the strength of the UK in the belief that despite voting in an SNP Government, Scots still maintain a strong political affinity to the UK, especially amid the current economic turbulence. The clear message comes despite claims in recent weeks that the campaign would water down a distinctly “Unionist” message because of the risk of alienating undecided voters in the coming independence battle. – Scotsman
Freedom beckons … Sooner or later, the Scots will have their vote on whether or not they wish to declare independence from Britain and the United Kingdom.
The two sides of the battle are drawing up ranks, as the Scotsman recently reported (above), with one side characterizing itself as “Yes” and the other side declaring its sentiment – “No” – under the rubric of the unionist headline, “Better Together.”
Hovering over the entire debate is a great blimp of a man, Alex Salmond, the most important political figure in Scotland (and maybe England as well) never much talked about in Western political and media circles.
It is Salmond who has outfought and outthought major unionist forces in Britain and Scotland to bring his beloved country to the brink of freedom.
Unfortunately, the bifurcation of Scotland (in which the Southern, Protestant, socialist element proves a weightier element than the once-Catholic North) offers a scenario in which “No” out-votes “Yes.” Thus, Salmond is currently engaged in a rear-guard battle, fighting to delay the outcome for several more years.
The vote was scheduled amorphously for 2012 but Salmond wants to put it off until 2014 or 2015 when presumably he can better educate his countrymen about freedom and sociopolitical independence.
This ignorance is symptomatic of Scotland’s larger difficulty: The old clans were basically wiped out at the Battle of Culloden, April 16th, 1746. Through north, where the clans once ruled, whistles a cold wind.
The Scottish clans were both familial and communal – with power being wielded at a local level. It is this emphasis on family and community that has contributed to Scottish greatness – the poets, philosophers and economists that throughout the past millennium lent their voices to the promotion of human civilization.
In the past several hundred years with the infection of the British banker-supported industrial revolution and subsequent psychotic union movement, the greatness of Scottish culture has been stilled, its voices muted. Certainly what once existed in Scotland was far preferable to the cowed, ignorant “leveling” of current-day Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The 20th century shall probably be looked upon as the nadir of Scottish pride and nationalism, with most of Scotland’s five million population timidly accepting the unionist pap propagated by the City of London.
Today, however, there is hope – not out of charity or generosity, but borne out of the grim despair of those who occupy London’s thrones and have glimpsed the future: If they don’t take control of the current freedom movement, they shall be overwhelmed by it.
In fact, it was the wretched Tony Blair, as British Prime Minister, who kicked off the modern neo-Scottish freedom movement by suggesting a limited configuration of Scottish independence called “devolution.” This implies specific Scottish control of domestic issues – roads, taxes, etc. – while keeping the important decisions in Britain, including monetary policy via the Bank of England.
It was Blair’s desperate hope – frankly voiced – that this formula applied to Wales (and elsewhere) would derail the inevitability of freedom for England’s closest colonies. Scotland is supposed to be the first and greatest test. Wither goes Scotland goes, perhaps, the whole of the UK.
Because this is such a big deal, reporting has been predictably confused and the larger historical trends purposefully muddled. In truth, the modern freedom movements in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Iceland, Europe and the United States are likely outgrowths of modern technology and the information it makes available to previously downtrodden populations.
Thanks to the Internet, information about how money really works and the central-banking counterfeiting that is driving the globe toward one-world government has been exposed. No day is a good day for those who live and work in London’s City. Every week offers only the prospect of more rear-guard actions to stem the inevitable tide of indignation and anger fueled by the Internet.
It will likely get worse. Modern communication technology – the power of the Internet in particular – is continuing to evolve, wreaking havoc on the once confident plans of global banking elite.
Of course, nothing is ever quite as it seems. Salmond himself is not exactly a latter day William Wallace. Known apparently as a Marxist during his undergraduate career it can probably be said at best that he has morphed mostly into a charming opportunist.
Seeing a political vulnerability, he began to build the party he now leads – the Scottish National Party – using a weird amalgam of disaffected leftists and (believe it or not) Sunni Muslims. The Sunnis, perhaps some 100,000 strong in Glasgow, are nothing like the statist Shia sect. Unionism and socialism do not sit well with many Sunnis.
Building his party from almost nothing to its current status as Scotland’s largest (though still a minority), Salmond became First Minister of the new Scottish Parliament in May 2007. He’s been making increasing trouble ever since – all the while toeing the globalist line when it comes to supporting such nonsense as global warming, the welfare state, etc. The Scottish independence movement is nothing if not schizophrenic.
Nonetheless, his strategy goes back a decade or more. As a Scottish representative in the British Parliament, he charmed the Tories the way he charmed his countrymen. What is not reported but increasingly well known is that over the past decade, he seems to have struck a secret pact with disaffected Tories who are willing to let Scotland go its own way so long as he deconstructs Scotland’s vituperative unionism.
Weakening the union movement in Scotland will go a long way, apparently, toward eviscerating Labour in England. The Tories can hardly wait. Additionally, there are gobs of money at stake.
With independence will come a diminution of the tax base in Scotland. This in turn will provide a justification for “developing” the Scottish economy much as Ireland’s and Iceland’s economies were once “developed.” Salmond used to speak effusively about both. (Lately, he’s shut up.) Over time, however, Salmond may become a billionaire – and more.
It seems apparent that Salmond’s secret Tory pact extended up the chain of command to Rupert Murdoch himself. Murdoch-owned 20th Century Fox proved instrumental in the distribution of the smash-hit paean to Scottish independence, Braveheart. (Salmond remains on the proverbial hot seat over his dealings with Murdoch.)
Not to be outdone by a historical figure, the First Minister has taken to promoting his own neo-clan movement in Scotland. He helped to create and promote a clan chiefs gathering in Edinburgh in 2009. He tried to continue it in 2010 but the Edinburgh City Council nixed the attempt.
These waters run deep! … Salmond, the Tories, Murdoch and Murdoch’s putative City backers all expect a payoff from Scottish independence. Meanwhile, it is apparently David Cameron’s assigned role to provide the anti-thesis to the thesis – arguing lately that Scotland ought to “devolve” not “separate.”
Hovering over all of it is the realization that the City can no longer control either the Internet or its ramifications. Salmond himself is probably an agent to some degree of Money Power, a kind of political Trojan Horse whose designated role is to bring “freedom” to Scotland while guaranteeing that the powers-that-be retain their hold on really important levers like central banking.
But the winds of history are whistling powerfully now. It may be impossible for the global elites to control the storm that is building around them.
Each carefully designed windbreak and levee is gradually overwhelmed as knowledge expands and passion ignites. Unwillingly, though not unwittingly, Salmond may shake the City.
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