Events, my dear boy, events. A famous quote by Prime Minister Harold MacMillan in the 1960’s, and he was spot on. The more I try to learn about politics the more I am convinced that it is just organised chaos that can change in a second due to events, and that I believe is where we are now.
A wee bit of context first, there are only 22 countries in the World that Britain has not invaded, and at its height Britain controlled 23% of the world’s surface, 458 million people, Britain pretty much dominated as much of the world as it possibly could.
It all started to change though with the American Revolution. The stranglehold that Britain held over huge parts of the world started to weaken across the globe. Other countries followed suit like India and the free Irish State (Eire). Today the UK has 14 territories across the world, or tax havens as most people know them now. The map above has well and truly changed for the better. Now while the Unionists among us believe that Brexit will return Great Britain back into some sort of global force the reality is of course it won’t.
The so called British Empire is nothing to be proud of in any shape or form. Just check out Crimes of Britain and learn about what Empire really meant, the suffering it caused around the world and the continued actions of a Westminster that still thinks it can rule the world even today.
However, the influence that Great Britain thinks it has is going to come home to roost, the photo below highlights the dramatic potential fall in how Britain will be viewed in many ways across the globe. I personally can’t wait.
This country continues to be the plaything of the wealthy, and the influential families of old such as the Windsor’s. It’s bad enough that we don’t live in a democracy in any true sense of the word but that for generations we have been born into a class system no less influential and elitist than it was 100’s of years ago. It’s coming to an end though in my opinion. We currently have the most useless set of politicians in the history of man, Brexit has allowed certain elements out of the bag and the media which has always been right wing now has no fear, they can say and do what they like knowing that large parts of England support their view. As we know in Scotland, what England wants England gets.
While there are those who feel that England will never loosen its grip on Scotland and that independence is further away than it has always been I am not so sure. In little under two years time the UK, and mainly England, is going to wake up and realise that the tolerance that the world had for it has evaporated on the back of Brexit. There will be no argument to keep the UK on the security council, will Germany or America fight for that, no I don’t think they will. Will the UK remain a member of the G8? How can it as it falls further and further down the economic league table and a national debt that will actually hold true the term banana republic.
As the pain of Brexit hits hard, and it will hit all of us, how will the voters in England react when the car manufacturers in Sunderland start to lose interest, when the Navy are building ships abroad, when the banks have all moved and the poor house beckons. What will we do in Scotland, sit back and allow ourselves be dragged down even further than we are now. I just can’t believe that we will when push comes to shove. The slow break up of the empire brought with it freedom of sorts for India, Ghana, New Zealand, Australia etc. That same freedom is coming Scotland’s way and soon, those of us on the yes side have got to be ready to grasp the metal.
While the unionists fight to keep their precious union together right now, how hard will they fight when they have to fight to keep their precious England together, that will be our time to move, our time to finally put the final nail into the coffin of the empire. I really believe we are watching the end of the United Kingdom, it won’t happen overnight, who knows it might take another 10 years but it will happen. Our path is going in a different direction, some days I don’t see it myself but today when I sit back and look at this shitty country I have a wee smile, it’s all falling down around them.