There will be a lot made of George Robertson’s words in New York this week regarding Scotland potentially leaving the United Kingdom; in Robertson’s words this would have a cataclysmic effect on the western world.
Many will write and blog about what he said and the words he used but for me this is again about stature, vanity and fear. People like Robertson, another failed Labour Politician in my opinion, just fear their personal loss of their self-elevated sense of importance. This is not about what is best for the country where they were born, well most of us regard Scotland as a country, but it is becoming increasingly clear that people like Robertson, Curran, Lamont, Cameron etc view Scotland as a region.
This speech is about Britain’s perceived place in the world, how certain people view Britain and themselves within it. Britain is no longer powerful, it is tolerated, Britain is not a military power, and it just happens to have obsolete nuclear weapons which it thinks gives it power. The simple fact is Britain is over, no matter what happens in September the days of Britain are over. We are a failed broke Union drowning in class and a perceived history that benefitted the few at a far too high cost to the many.
This debate, as we have all noted, is about the country we want to live in. Many of us will be very happy to live in an independent Scotland that puts its people and social justice first, that doesn’t want to dictate to the world, go to war with the world, a Scotland confident to stand on its own two feet and not sit at the feet of Germany and America. Robertson doesn’t get it, this is about the men and women, the children in our country, and it’s about creating the best opportunities for them. Society and Government should be about caring for and creating opportunities for everyone not the minority. Scotland is waking up to the fact that the people are no longer here to sweep and clean the houses of the Robertson’s of the world and to be thankful to be allowed to do it.
Robertson doesn’t get that whatever happens in September his days, and the days of his kind are slowly coming to an end in Scotland. They laugh at places like Iceland, but what they fear are places like Iceland where the people actually dictate what happens in their country not a elite supported by an unelected elite built around class.
The other thing that bothered me about Robertson’s speech was he went to America to implore the American Government to speak out against Independence. He made a mistake; the American Government are not the American people. I lived there briefly and what I found was a hard working, honest, caring nation of people, similar to our own, who will welcome Scotland with open arms and whose views in the main are not represented by their Government. Robertson does not get it.