THE CULT OF THE SCOTTISH DICTATORSHIP

‘What are those Scottish voters like, eh? They just will not vote the way they’re supposed to, damn them. Don’t they know they are either 1. A sheepish cult. 2. Been treated with contempt by their political overlords or 3. Being oppressed in a one party political dictatorship? Silly, silly, Scottish voters’.

Of all the ridiculous things in Scottish politics castigating the Scottish people for making a legitimate political choice must be just about the most absurd. Yet this is an agenda promoted not just by unionist zoom-bots on social media but by serious political commentators who make a living out of giving their ‘considered’ views on Scotland’s political scene. For them the fact that the Scottish people are now increasingly putting their trust in the SNP is unacceptable so they lash out at those voters incomprehensibly believing that by insulting their choice they might actually persuade them to vote for someone else.

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Without a hint of irony or self awareness they rail against a Scottish ‘dictatorship’ and ‘one party state’. Yes, to them, Scotland is an equivalent of North Korea, The Soviet Union or Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. The people who say this must know absolutely nothing about real one party states and the real state oppression that these dictatorships direct at their citizenry. To call Scotland a one party state not only insults Scots but demeans the intolerable condition that so many people experience at the hands of real brutal dictators. In Scotland not only do we have a democracy open to any political party but in our own national Parliament we actually have a proportional form of representative democracy. Scotland is no more a ‘dictatorship’ than Kim Jong-un is a supporter of the single transferable vote. No, the truth is that we simply have woeful opposition who few people want to vote for. Where the Scottish National Party have responsibility for a whole range of devolved areas we are not responsible for the unelectability of Scottish Labour.

‘But you’re just a mindless cult’, they then retort. And this is indeed where it all gets a bit nuts. The 50% of voters who recently voted for the SNP have apparently all been brainwashed and are merely voting SNP out of blind faith and flawed emotion. That’s right, 50% of Scots have lost the faculty of original thought and are little more than a political version of the moonies. The thing is Scotland is perhaps the most politically educated and motivated nation in Europe just now with almost unprecedented political engagement. The debate that we conducted about our constitutional future brought swathes of new voters into our political process and challenged long held assumptions and political orthodoxies. It isn’t so much that the Scots have been ‘brainwashed’ it is that they have become politically stimulated and have simply determined that there is a better future for our nation beyond letting others determine what that future should be for us.

When that fails we are left with the sheer ‘stupidity’ of all these Scots voters. There is incomprehension that SNP voters just won’t agree that the SNP is just downright ‘baad’. There is genuine bewilderment that Scots voters don’t share their view that all these SNP services are badly run despite the Scottish public’s own positive experiences. So what do these commentators do? They simply shout ‘SNP baad’ even louder desperately hoping that the Scots will ‘come to their senses’.

Here’s a little tip for my unionist friends which I know they will never adopt in a million years. And it is this. If it hasn’t worked thus far there is very little prospect of success in the future. Merely doing the same thing again and again only louder and angrier won’t work. What tends to work is the careful crafting of a vision. Of the presentation of a new and positive future. Of not treating your electorate as idiots. Where we can laugh at their talk of cults, dictatorships and associated nonsense we do need a real opposition and a commentariat that can actually sensibly suggest credible alternatives.

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45 thoughts on “THE CULT OF THE SCOTTISH DICTATORSHIP

  1. fionamgrahame

    As one of the 4 petitioners in the People v Carmichael I have been accused of not having my own mind, of being controlled by the SNP/Lesley Riddoch and of being manipulated. All of these ridiculous accusations resulted in howls of amusement with my family and friends. I cannot really get over the arrogance of Carmichael’s supporters that 4 ordinary people in Orkney challenged their last remaining MP in Scotland and proved beyond reasonable doubt that he had told a blatant lie in order to affect the election in Orkney & Shetland.

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    1. Allan Smith

      I was unfortunate to read carmichaels riposte in his column for the Orkney newspaper… he now feels vindicated which shows his incredible arrogance in thinking that he has been cleared that normal service shall be resumed..

      Fiona to you and the other three petitioners a big thank you is due in showing what we expect from our elected representatives.

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    2. Helena

      Yes it’s the typical, orchestrated by britnat establishment default tactic. Thanks cor your amazing job in challenging the lies from Carmichael. I will try to contribute more to your legal fees.

      and my comment, here is not appearing, so trying for a third time.

      Sorry if this appears more than once.

      trying again, my comment not appearing yet…

      Absolutely, well said. The thing is, the belittling, demonising by the brit establishment is also aimed at those South of the border. I happened to visit friends in NE England recently, lefty, well educated and their anti Scottish, anti Scotland, very anti SNP, attitude and mind set really scared me, I was shocked!

      The only thing I can conclude is that this brainwashing, having reached those less well informed, but intelligent folks, re our neighbours, is engineered to create a mindset which not only sees Scotland as a threat to them, but could also make it acceptable to them for their Scottish neighbours to be invaded, attacked or overtaken by a ‘democratic’ admin, ie westmonster. Sounds far fetched, but the demonising is dangerous, planned and sustained.

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      1. fionamgrahame

        I have great faith in the common sense and decency of ordinary people. Like most folks I have many relations in England as mother came from a Midlands mining family and I am proud of that link.

    3. John Hughes

      The Petitioners do not seem to have established what was said in the First Minister’s conversation with the French Ambassador at Holyrood on 26 February 2015. Nicola Sturgeon denied on 3 and April when the story broke that she had said what the ‘leaked memo’ reports her as saying, but she never produced any account of the conversation as recorded by her own Private Office – then or since. Despite much press coverage and the Cabinet Secretary’s leak inquiry, no official record of the conversation has been published. The press filled column inches on the subject but never investigated what happened on 26 February – the usual method would have been to talk to contacts in the civil service about it.. The Scottish Government issued no press release or statement on its website after the memo was published in the press – you can search the SG websites for press releases or documents posted on line on or after 4 April 2015 relating to the 26 February meeting – there don’t seem to be any. The only SG document on-line that relates to the meeting that a search reveals is a list of the First Minister’s meetings that week, which includes it in a one-line entry among several meetings and events attended by her on 26/02/2015.

      It appears that contrary to all protocol the First Minister met the French Ambassador without a Private Secretary being present, and no note was made of the meeting. It is not surprising in these circumstances that many believe that the leaked memo describes the meeting fairly accurately.

      The lead Petitioner has asserted in the press that he is not concerned whether or not the Scotland Office memo is accurate as to what was said at the meeting or not, because the Petition was brought because of Alastair Carmichael’s statement in a TV interview that the first he knew of the memo was when he read it in the press. It appears that the lead Petitioner at least does not dispute that the First Minister said at the meeting with the Ambassador broadly what the memo reports her as saying. This rather colours the view that others may form about the justification for the Petition.

      It is still open to the petitioners to establish exactly what was said at the meeting of 26 February. They could start by asking the FM’s office whether a Private Secretary was present at the meeting or not – if not why not, and if one was, can the official note be published?

      The ‘standard reply’ to the above is that the French Ambassador also denied the remarks were made. But the French Ambassador is not recorded in the memo as having herself made any comments on the ‘political situation’ which was the subject of the meeting. So she had nothing to deny. She may not have heard the specific comment about David Cameron and Ed Miliband if it was said quickly (and so it was only heard by the Consul-General).. To have said anything other than what she did say would have caused a major diplomatic problem between the UK and France. Denying that something was said by another party at a meeting, when that is leaked, and to confirm it would create diplomatic problems, is normal diplomatic practice. So no weight should be put on what the Ambassador said after the story came out in the press.

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      1. fionamgrahame

        You seem to have misunderstood what the petition was about. It was not about the memo or its contents.The petition was about Alistair Carmichael telling lies to the people of Orkney & Shetland in order to affect his election. The Determination concluded he did tell a blatant lie, however, his lie was a ‘political’one & not a ‘personal’one.

    4. Calum

      To be honest Fiona, his intent was to use his position at the Scottish office to influence the election across the whole of Scotland. The irony is that he has more support.in his own constituency than he does anywhere else in Scotland, as I’m sure you’re painfully aware.

      Well done on challenging him in court. Many of us do appreciate it.

      As for snp/independence supporters supposedly being mindless drones etc, how is that even slightly logical? Supporters of independence thought about the issues then made their minds up. Supporters of the snp have usually actively changed from supporting another party, ie they thought about all the issues first.

      If anything it’s the braying hordes still penned up in the Labour and lib dem enclosures that are having trouble thinking for themselves, or at least, they seem to have trouble thinking beyond what’s profitable for them and them alone.

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  3. Campertess

    Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    Well said….. Perhaps the unionists would like to do a stint in North Korea & then they would know what being oppressed in a one party political dictatorship means…. I’m sure that quite a few North Koreans would love to do a swap with them….

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    1. AllyC'sbarmyarmy

      Why should any unionist go and have a stint in North Korea? Maybe, you, yourself should go there for a wee stint, among your fellow socialists. THEN, you may realise how well off you are living in the union….

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  5. katherine hamilton

    As I said on another site, PLEASE keep on insulting us, Labour in particular, pretty PLEASE.
    Look how well it’s working. It’s taken us from 45% to probably 50. So, lads ‘n’ lassies. Keep it up!

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  6. B

    The notion that Scots are the most politically educated people in Europe is incredibly tiresome. It is only believed by the politically uneducated.

    The referendum did not correct decades of alienation, and participation rates remain higher in many other countries.

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      1. B

        In a word, no. I’m actually an SNP voter. Apologies for allowing facts to get in the way of your education.

    1. Northside

      Aye right! Some information for you B, from the British Propaganda Corporation website……………..Who turned out to vote?

      ‘Turnout at this general election was 66.1%. This compares with 65.1% in 2010.

      Turnout was particularly high in Scotland at 71.1%, as the map below shows. The Scottish National Party made historic gains and took all but three seats.

      Two seats have seen turnout rise above 80%, Dunbartonshire East and Renfrewshire East, both seats were gains for the SNP. ‘

      By ‘alienation’ I presume you mean, that the Scottish people ain’t supportive of ‘Unionist’ Parties any more, as the records shows, that they are less ‘alienated’ from making political decisions than in an awful long time. Again I make a presumption that you, B, still believe we are ‘Better Together’.

      ‘Participation Rates’ may, or may not be ‘Higher’ in many European Countries, but one thing for sure ‘Participation Rates’ in Scotland are much higher than in these islands as a whole.

      Such a poor we soul, ye are!

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      1. B

        Northside, as is typical, you take my criticism to be Unionist propaganda. I voted Yes in the referendum and have held elected office in the SNP since.

        By alienation I mean the UK’s political system. You know, the one we’re working hard to be rid of.

      2. jdman

        I don’t think you’re getting the point Northside,
        B’s right, there is a long way to go to educate the masses, just because politics is getting sexy again (hurrah) does not mean people know what the hell they’re voting for, (look at David Coburn) people in the early 1900’s were far more politically aware than we are today, and before you start on me I’m a dyed in the wool independence supporter and member of the SNP SINCE 1974, we NEED to remember that unlike the people in the 1900’s who didn’t have a television pumping relentless propaganda at them as we do today we have a long way to go before we get our fellow Scots to shake off the shackles of subjugation,
        remember no matter how you slice it 50% of this country are likely to vote for people who DO NOT have their interests at heart, does THAT sound like an informed electorate?

        And PLLEEAAASSSEE stop looking for trolls where there are none, that makes you just as bad as the “ONE PARTY STATE” FOOLS!

    2. RCK

      Perhaps not ‘politically educated’ – what about ‘politically awakened’ ? Probably most of us haven’t had formal education in politics, I certainly didn’t, but I think it’s generally accepted that tens, if not hundreds of thousands of Scots got a political wake-up call with the referendum and its aftermath. Best wishes.

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      1. B

        Yes, of course it’s true that the referendum was a political awakening for many; but it is conceited to suggest that this is higher than other European states. It’s also defeatist. The UK’s political system is harmful to democratic participation. This is not as good as it gets.

    3. Northside

      B, my oh my, have I touched a nerve? You make ‘sweeping statements’ then try to defend them by saying you are a ‘Yes’ voter, and you were referring to the UK system. On the matter of ‘election to office’ in the SNP, are you a ‘newcomer’, or like me, a long-time member of the SNP?
      If it is the former, than by your own admission, you would appear to demolish your own hypothesis. If it is the later, I feel that you, perhaps, have a rather strange outlook on ‘Political Education’ and should perhaps seek guidance from your Branch Education Officer.

      To suggest that only the ‘Politically uneducated’ believe that the Scots are ‘more politically educated’, demonstrates a rather strange ‘elitist’ attitude, which is surprising for one who claims to hold our Parties Ideals in high esteem. i am sure you will correct me if I am wrong.

      As I pointed out in my OR to you Scotland has more people involved and participating in ‘politics’ than the rest of these islands. Why ignore the facts?

      Also why misquote Pete Wishart, in your first epistle? What he said was:-

      ‘The thing is Scotland is perhaps the most politically educated and motivated nation in Europe just now with almost unprecedented political engagement. ‘

      In the absence of the figures to the contrary, ‘perhaps’ he is right.

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      1. jdman

        Name and Here’s a comment onCraig Murrays blog that bears out B’s point

        “I disagree that Snp are pursuing independence and boxing clever. I think the fact Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond are members of the Queens privy council are strong indicators they will protect the union.
        They are also pursuing the same policies as the Tories in England privatisation by stealth ,free schools and lowering of corporation tax. Their latest budget by Swinney is almost identical to Osbornes. They say they are anti austerity party but their policies are austerity . The fact Nicola agreed the UK wide water deal behind our backs weeks before the referendum also show they were not looking to split from the UK .
        Last year they had a £379 million underspend and services were cut.
        As for independence there will never be a majority supporting it in Scotland. I voted Yes in the referendum as wanted to get away from the Tories and believed their lies that it was economically viable. Ive always been a labour member and voter and have never voted for the Snp.
        I would not vote Yes if there is ever another referendum and nor would my family. For two reasons firstly I do not think its viable and I would not under any circumstances want to be governed by the SNP ,I know many people who voted Yes who wouldnt again also.”

        name and address withheld to protect the terminally stupid/disingenuous,… or both

    4. jdman

      I couldn’t agree more B, it’s a fallacy, a great many commentators online conflate the average voter/nonvoter, with their experience and knowledge, I know a great many highly intelligent people at work who have not a clue as to what is really happening in this country, still believing everything they’re told by the BBC, The only reason the Yes campaign got as far as it did was down to the immense efforts put out by the grassroots campaign and very little due to (Im sorry to say it Pete) the official campaign who were (by their own choosing) constrained by the media eg Blair Jenkins cravenly allowing himself into being cowed by the BBC (interrogator) into saying that the BBC were not biased.

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  7. Not a sheep

    Far from being sheep. Many of us followed Labour blindly, many didn’t even bother to vote. The referendum woke us up, made us become interested in the politics of our country and we were able to make a well informed choice at the ballot box. Our eyes have been opened and we can’t close them now.
    A one party state or Labour/Tory/Lib Dems with Westminster pulling the strings? I’d take that one party state.

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  8. Paul Williams

    Odd that Scotland has only become a “one party state” since the SNP practically swept the board last May. Apparently it was OK in the days when everyone blindly and unthinkingly voted Labour…

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  9. ShortynStout

    ok B,

    Name them. Call it education. I’ll call it trivia and use it in the next fundraising venture.
    That’s my MP , he’s pretty good with numbers.

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    1. B

      I’m sure he’s good with numbers. But he doesn’t quote any.

      In answer to your question: Belgium (89.4%), Germany (71.5%), France (80.4%), Italy (75.2%), Cyprus (81.6%), Luxembourg (91.1%), Malta (93.0%). Netherlands (74.6%), Austria (74.9%), Sweden (85.8%), Iceland (81.4%). Would you like me to go on?

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  10. Jaygee

    Could one of our dictatorial MPs suggest in democratic Westminster that a vote be taken on EVEE (english votes for English exit from the EU).

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  11. Elaine gillies

    When you only have one tool in your toolbox you have no option but to keep using it despite the fact it is blunted and ineffective. The Unionists had one tool for their referendum campaign- negativity -and it looks like they have no other option but to continue using it even now.

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  12. D Macdonald

    “If it hasn’t worked thus far there is very little prospect of success in the future. Merely doing the same thing again and again only louder and angrier won’t work.”

    I really hope yourself, your party and your supporters remember that line. It’s the most honest thing I’ve heard from an SNP MP for a long time.

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  13. lf

    Lol as one of the Orkney 4 I hope you and your 3 friends have deep pockets when the man comes looking for his legal bills you could maybe crowdfund it, maybe the sheriff’s officers are waiting 🙂 Every action has a reaction maybe you could ask Nicola for a wee donation.

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  15. Helena

    Absolutely, well said. The thing is, the belittling, demonising by the brit establishment is also aimed at those South of the border. I happened to visit friends in NE England recently, lefty, well educated and their anti Scottish, anti Scotland, very anti SNP, attitude and mind set really scared me, I was shocked!

    The only thing I can conclude is that this brainwashing, having reached those less well informed, but intelligent folks, re our neighbours, is engineered to create a mindset which not only sees Scotland as a threat to them, but could also make it acceptable to them for their Scottish neighbours to be invaded, attacked or overtaken by a ‘democratic’ admin, ie westmonster. Sounds far fetched, but the demonising is dangerous, planned and sustained.

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  16. Helena

    trying again, my comment not appearing yet…

    Absolutely, well said. The thing is, the belittling, demonising by the brit establishment is also aimed at those South of the border. I happened to visit friends in NE England recently, lefty, well educated and their anti Scottish, anti Scotland, very anti SNP, attitude and mind set really scared me, I was shocked!

    The only thing I can conclude is that this brainwashing, having reached those less well informed, but intelligent folks, re our neighbours, is engineered to create a mindset which not only sees Scotland as a threat to them, but could also make it acceptable to them for their Scottish neighbours to be invaded, attacked or overtaken by a ‘democratic’ admin, ie westmonster. Sounds far fetched, but the demonising is dangerous, planned and sustained.

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