These ‘unmentionables’ are ‘Trident’, ‘ID cards and the database state’ and the abolition of ‘the House of Lords’ (the pinnacle of feudalism still remnant in the 21st C). Oh, and don’t mention the war, it’s all going well.
These ‘unpeople’ join other forgotten and marginalised who’s only role is as a source of collective vilification. These include ‘immigrants’ and the ‘poor’.
Gerry Hassan wrote recently of subsets. There is a forgotten people within the unpeople: “What is left off the political agenda is the challenge of “forgotten Scotland”, the scale of exclusion, poverty and welfare dependency across the nation. Glasgow has one-third of its working-age population on state benefits, with huge groups of the city trapped on incapacity benefit. Male life-expectancy in the Calton ward in Glasgow is 54 – the lowest in western Europe. And all of this is not exclusive to the west of Scotland, with over half of all households in Dundee having no one in paid work.”
To the undecideds – here is who you should vote for according to the press:
Herald: “The Herald does not presume to tell its readers how to vote. All we would say is this: listen to your head as well as your heart. Above all, go out and vote.”
Scotsman: David Cameron has “made a considerable effort to reassure Scotland he respects the country’s distinctiveness … has recognised the need for a rapid reduction in Britain’s indebtedness and has the desire to loosen the shackles of state dominance which so limits Scottish ambition”.
Scotland on Sunday:
Daily Retard: Labour
Daily (Hate) Mail: “Why we must vote DECISIVELY to stop Britain walking into disaster … and give the Tories their chance.”
Sun: “Sixteen Page 3 girls in all their glory represent the very image of freedom in this country. But if Labour or the Lib Dems win the election, this could be the last time they are allowed to pose together.”
Independent: “There is a strong case for progressively minded voters to lend their support to the Liberal Democrats wherever there is a clear opportunity for that party to win.”
Daily Telegraph: Conservatives
Sunday Telegraph: Conservatives
Daily Express: Conservatives
News of the World: Conservatives
Gruniad: Liberal Democrats
Sunday Times: Conservative
Independent on Sunday: Liberal Democrats
Observer: Liberal Democrats
Mail on Sunday: Conservatives
Financial Times: Conservatives
Mirror: Labour, but urging tactical voting for Lib Dems
Feel free to add your own media allegiances as (and if) they uncover themselves tomorrow.
But enough of the terminally dull unionist & corporate press, as we said in our #scotlandspeaks campaign it’s time to become the media. So what are independent writers and bloggers saying?There’s a dozen new blogs, here’s two:
Tocasaid has it: “…I would encourage people to vote for anyone but London.” Adding simply: “You don’t have to vote for a variety of xenophobic right-wing heidcases.”
Scott’s Republic writes: “Soon the British Government will be meeting in London – to determine Scotland’s future. The names may be different, but it will be the same government. It will keep Trident – in Scotland – and go ahead with its replacement – in Scotland. It will stay in Afghanistan – where young Scots will die or or otherwise suffer physical and mental injury – and soon enough it will find Afghanistan’s replacement – where young Scots will die or otherwise suffer physical and mental injury.”
The Tories have now (twice) been quite explicit that they feel the need for no mandate from Scotland.
As one commentator put it: “No Westminster Government has a democratic mandate to rule Scotland. It’s the reason that there is a Scottish Parliament.”
What’s the best we can get out of this election?
1. Rogue Tory point-scoring initiates fiscal autonomy for ‘subsidy junkie’ Scots. As the Cameron victory unleashes the pent up fury of the right in England expect anti-Scottish prejudices to come off the leash.
2. Liberal influence (if there is any) could deliver aspects of Calman. Sounds deeply dull but devolution of broadcasting could be the digital Stone of Destiny.
3. A Tory free zone and the return of the Feeble Fifty undermines credibility of Labservatives in one fell swoop. A TFS (Tory Free Scotland) would mean the spectacle of an ennobled Scot from England returning in full colonial glory. It’s got to be Riffers.
4. The activities of Bonnie Prince Charlie are not yet over.
5. The likely exposure of the dissembling Liberal radicalism as soon as true interests are aligned. The likely fall-out of New Labour and its concomitant feedback in Scotland could get interesting.
All of which could lead to progressive gains in 2011 and the shifts that could lead to the break up of the British State. That’s a lot of ifs and many more buts. But what we know we are seeing tomorrow and in the following days is the death of New Labour. As Tom Nairn wrote presciently in 1970 (!):
“The Labour Party set up to build a new world in the crumbling mansion of British Conservative imperial hegemony. It has ended up as chief caretaker of the ruins.”