We’re losing democracy. One by one the consequences of a No vote are coming home to roost with extraordinary predictability.
The Smith Commission, pictured in the Scotsman squeezed into what looks like a small glass shed boasts all of the talent of Annabel Goldie and Tavish Scott, alongside the egregious Adam Tomkins who managed to squeeze the most contorted and bizarre nonsense about ‘ethnicity’ into his commentary over the past year.
His blog ‘Notes from North Britain’ (sic) of August 29 railed against the idea that Scotland – with 1% of the population and 60% of the oil / 25% of the renewable resource – would be allowed to stay within the EU.
Tomkins, who nobody elected to sit on a commission to decide our constitutional future, wrote on May 26: “I am of the view that political differences between Scotland and her southern neighbour are much exaggerated; that it suits those who seek the break-up of Britain to perpetuate such exaggeration; and that arguments seeking to set Scotland up as if it is some sort of northern cure for English diseases are both deluded and dangerous.”
Today he is proved comprehensively wrong after The Times reports:
“The results of academic research suggest that an in/out referendum on EU membership would generate a different result on either side of the border — which the first minister has said could trigger a fresh bid for Scottish independence.
Just four Westminster constituencies in the whole of Scotland have a majority of voters who want to leave the EU.
Meanwhile, in England, most constituencies back leaving. Support for the move soars above 75 per cent in Clacton, the constituency that now has Britain’s only Ukip MP. Some of the UK constituencies least supportive of a so-called Brexit are in Scotland — Edinburgh North and Leith at 22.74 per cent, and Edinburgh South at 23.8 per cent. When the English, Welsh and Scottish constituencies are ranked in order of support for quitting the bloc, none of those north of the border make the top 150. Only Banff and Buchan makes the top 250.
The findings are part of a study by Nick Vivyan at Durham University and Chris Hanretty at the University of East Anglia. Dr Hanretty, a reader in politics, said: “What this analysis shows is that Scottish views on the European Union are distinct from English views. Even looking at constituencies just north of the border — areas that are by no means bedrocks of SNP support — you find a more favourable opinion of the EU than you do in the north of England.”
Meanwhile, back to those chickens.
In an interview with the Sunday Herald (20 July) Tomkins was quoted: “”I am English and British, but I live in Scotland,” he said. “My wife is Jewish and American, but lives in Britain as she would see it. My kids have dual US and UK nationality and they are Jewish: so multiple identities feel natural and normal.”
Identity and culture seemed central to his warped analysis when it was absent from the Yes movements multicultural campaign. The inexorable slide to the right and the far-right emboldened by a No vote was regularly pilloried by these Unionists. But now UKIP are in the ascendancy and Tomkins ‘ethnic problem’ is manifest, not by ‘narrow Scottish nationalists’ but by right-wing British separatists.
Yesterday David Cameron made Migration Watch’s Andrew Green a peer. We await the condemnation from No campaigners.
The appointment was immediately lauded by Nigel Farage who tweeted:
“Congratulations to Sir Andrew Green, recognition for a life spent in public service latterly with
As Powerbase reports:
“Migration Watch, in spite of its claim to non-partisanship, has well established right-wing credentials. Its Co-founder David Coleman was special adviser to former Tory Ministers Leon Brittan and William Waldegrave. Sir Andrew Green the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia was one of the Tories ‘favourite diplomats and a close friend of former Minister Jonathan Aitken who sits with Green  and Baroness Caroline Cox on the Board of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW). CSW’s claims with regard to Sudan have long been questioned and has been described as “overeager or misinformed” by reputable human rights activist and past director of African Rights Alex de Waal, with regard to her previous claims about slavery in Sudan CSW’s former President Baroness Cox, who was then replaced by Jonathan Aitken, was even thrown out of the Tory party for openly supporting the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) which is notorious for its hard-line anti-immigration stance. (Pallister, 2007) David Coleman’s right-wing credentials are even more impressive than his co-founder; he has been described by the BNP as their “friend at the immigration-reform think tank Migration Watch” and “a very distinguished demographer whom we trust” . Being praised by the BNP of course is not in itself an indication of his political objectives; David Coleman has been a long-standing member of the Galton Institute which was formally known as the Eugenics Society.”
The high priests of the No campaign seem unrepentant.
But these stage-hypnotists need to be confronted with the brutal reality of their vote. The self-deception, spin and propaganda that could lead Scotland out of Europe to a separatism beyond anything imagined and projected by Project Fear.