The myth-busting campaign being run by The National is undoubtedly worthwhile and we should all give it our full support. I shall be buying several copies tomorrow and taking them to various pubs around Perth. The things I do for the cause!
However – and I have no wish to put a damper on The National’s efforts – this is all still too defensive for my liking. As well as busting the myths we need to be condemning those who created them in the most forthright terms. We should be examining and exposing the malign motives behind the myths. And we should stop calling them myths! They are lies!
My sincere hope is that this campaign will build to an honest and rigorous appraisal of the Union and what it means for Scotland. It is good that people should be aware of its origins. But it is more important still that people are made aware of how the Union has been used against Scotland over many decades. How it has evolved as a tool of the British political elite; a constitutional device by means of which the people of Scotland are denied the full and proper exercise of their rightful sovereignty.
Most importantly, people need to understand how the powers over Scotland that the Union confers on the British political elite are now being deployed in the service of a relentlessly anti-democratic British Nationalist ideology. A ‘One Nation’ project which, if left unchecked, will dismantle our democratic institutions, eradicate our distinctive political culture, destroy our essential public services and seek to obliterate Scotland’s identity as a nation.
Bust all the myths you like! As long as the Union persists others will be devised to take their place. And when the lies cease to be effective, be in no doubt that ruthless Britannia will not flinch from using more aggressive methods to maintain her jealous grasp on Scotland.
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