imageBy Mike Small

Yesterday Chris Roycroft-Davis was not a happy-chappy.

“When George Osborne, Chancellor of the United Kingdom, today presents a Budget that will be welcomed by millions of voters, there’ll be a spectre at the feast. The Ghost of Salmond will haunt the Commons chamber, a grim harbinger of the havoc that lies ahead if the polls are right and the SNP is about to toss a caber in the works. No matter what Osborne plans for the British economy, and no matter how much the majority of us approve of his Budget, the Scottish Nasty Party look set to become a malign political force.”

Alongside this tirade, foaming at the mouth from The Express – one of England’s most hate-filled tabloids (in a very competitive group) comes other wonders of the Union. A Chancellor who with one hand tosses out the threat of a further £12 billion cuts to benefits, while with the other finds £1 million to stoke a nationalist fantasy of an Agincourt celebration saying

“It is also when a strong leader defeated an ill-judged alliance between the champion of a united Europe and a renegade force of Scottish nationalists. So it is well worth the £1 million we will provide to celebrate it.”

Despite the almost constant jeering from scribes and circle-jerk unionist hacks about Bannockburn, it’s not remotely conceivable to imagine a Scottish Minister standing up and jeering about such an obvious profligate waste of public money in times of austerity simply as a goad to another county within the increasingly embarrassing ‘Union’.

Is it?

This is just becoming a sordid culture war in which one side has to play by an impeccable standard – and the other has free reign to heap abuse on people for simply expressing their democratic wishes. It’s a dangerous path to go down.

Chris Roycroft-Davis again:

“We are just seven weeks away from a nightmare scenario in which a minority party of ultra-Left barmpots and crankies will be able to dictate how the United Kingdom is governed – against the democratic wishes of the rest of us. A poll in the Guardian yesterday showed that 43 per cent of us are worried about who’ll be running the UK. Many are already sick of the excessive subsidies English taxpayers send over the border. Is it part of Cameron’s overseas aid policy to let Jockistan have even more?”

It’s not really worthy of a response, but the overseas bit is worth noting.

The virus of a racist sensibility is festering in England and contaminating the body politic. It’s present in the Bernard Manning discourse that passes for public debate and it’s now rarely contained in utterances and images from red top rag to the Bullingdon Club Cabinet. You see it in the daily drip drip from UKIP or the Daily Mail’s recycling of incredible Migrant Watch propaganda against babies.

Is there no alternative to this degenerating further?

A positive vision, of hope and equality would be the only basis for that. Racism takes hold when people are desperate and wanting to blame someone else.

But the supposed alternative doesn’t seem, well, very alternative.

Only last week Gordon Brown stepped out of the shadows (again) quoting Hugo Young’s memorable words “the British past we cannot forget and the British future we cannot avoid” – before declaring that “Our destiny is not a bit player on someone else’s stage, or a spectator hectoring from the wings, but always setting the agenda”.

It’s 2015. This idea of Britain having some kind of innate destiny is just more weird Parody Politics. It’s Churchilian pomp whilst Danny Alexander clutches a yellow briefcase and people cheer suicide in Telford.

rUK or ‘England’ as it will be known, doesn’t have a great future, it’s stripped its own resources and flogged them off to the lowest bidder. It’s bankrupt and indebted and in denial.

Brown mews: “An England that glories in isolation is not the England that I know and love.” On economics Labour seems no different. Yesterday Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, admitted that Labour would not reverse George Osborne’s Budget measures, including the flagship measures on savings and Help to Buy. 

Speaking in response to yesterday’s Budget, he said simply “There’s nothing … I need to reverse.”

Remember the Tories are planning to cut spending by 5.1 per cent in 2016-17 and 4.6 per cent in 2017-18. That’s greater than in any year since austerity began in 2010, and nearly twice as much as the average cut over the past five years (2.8 per cent). The cuts scheduled for next year are more than four times greater than the cuts Britain is facing over the next twelve months.

And the sick thing is we know it doesn’t work. The stunning fact of the week is this: In 2010 George Osborne inherited a debt of £760 billion. He has reduced it to £1260 billion in 2014.

Austerity doesn’t work – it’s an ideological tool to exert financial violence – and – whilst the UK press are obsessing with ‘the Jocks’ a rampant English nationalism is emerging that wants to splash £50 million on English football and £2 million on Agincourt and Waterloo. It’s bread and circuses without the bread.

We live in a country where homelessness has doubled since Osborne became chancellor but where:

No senior figure has been held criminally liable or has even been disqualified for the practices that helped to trigger the financial crisis, partly because the laws that should have restrained them were slashed by successive governments. A former minister in this government ran HSBC while it engaged in systematic tax evasion, money laundering for drugs gangs and the provision of services to Saudi and Bangladeshi banks linked to the financing of terrorists. Instead of prosecuting the bank, the head of the UK’s tax office went to work for it when he retired.”

Every stupid bigoted cartoon will be fuel to the flames. Another got for Jockistan, another penniless immigrant politicised.

It’s an untenable prospect. Britain has become just a grim, sightly sick idea.