This was first posted on Facebook on 25th January 2021, with support from my Ko-Fi network.
Twenty-five days ago Brexit happened, and a few days ago I listened to a Byline news video of a fisherman talking about his vote for Leave, his support for Leave, and his subsequent disllusionment – How he had been lied to about the grand possibilities of Brexit – How if he could turn back time, he would vote to Remain.
And I thought about Scottish Independence.
It’s actually really hard to believe sometimes that Donald Trump is for real. I don’t follow @realDonaldTrump on Twitter, because who wants that kind of thing in your timeline? But he’s always good for a laugh when you want one. So the question is: Does he do it on purpose? This is a multi-billionaire who appears to regard running for President as a useful means of self-publicity. Is his Donald Trump persona – arrogant beyond belief, childishly certain that people admire him, blusteringly furious at people who get in his way – just assumed, a performance?
If so, is the double-combover part of it? You’d have to be the kind of person who surrounds himself with sycophants and who ignores any personal criticism whatsoever to think that growing what’s left of your hair long and folding it to cover your bald scalp looks anything but completely stupid. (Mind you, it’s impressive that whatever product his hairdresser uses, the double-combover holds – not for Trump the occasional long flowing locks and glimpse of scalp in a high breeze.)
Apparently the Foreign Office have leaked another memo. According to the Scotsman, this one “is understood” to outline the “possibility” that if Scotland votes for independence, the government of rUK could expel Scotland from the EU.
Oh, and William Hague is snorting that British embassies won’t promote Scotch whisky any more if Scotland votes yes to independence. Now that is the action of a William who’s been glared sternly at by David and told to come up with something, fast.
David Cameron and William Hague and the rest of the Westminster crowd are past praying for.
But Ruth Davidson may be a Tory, but she ought to know better than this:
“If Alex Salmond is so sure of his position, then why does he not produce the hard evidence that backs up his assertion that a separate Scotland would gain automatic succession to the EU.”
This is boy politics, Ruth. It’s not serious business.