Great post by Gerry Hassan (‘Lessons from Anzio: Scots do not need to cling to the wreckage of Britain‘) which chimes with part of Jamie Maxwell’s argument. It also highlights a real crisis at the heart of the Unionist argument, an inability to see beyond warship Britain, where jobs in a heavily militarised Scotland are not only the only option for our foreseeable future but are an intrinsic part of our national identity (sic).
The UK as a body politic is in moral crisis and decline, and Scots need to decide whether it can be realistically reformed or whether we should morally reconstitute ourselves as a self-governing political community.
Whatever we choose to do central to our considerations is recognising the nature of the UK. It has always been as ‘The Economist’ recently observed a ‘warrior state’. Since 1945 the number of years British armed forces have not been deployed in active combat has been a mere one, 1968, the gap between the Aden military adventure and the onset of the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’.
Britain promised men like Cyril Ilett a better Britain than this, and we have let him and countless others like him badly down, as well as subsequent generations. Now we face a Westminster Government under Cameron and company tearing down the last vestiges of the social contract and common bonds which mark us out as a civilised society.
Some say in response to this that we cannot make a Scottish decision solely based on detesting the current incumbents, and that a more realistic answer is to elect a Labour Westminster Government. What this deliberately misses is the cumulative impact of Thatcher and her heirs, Blair and Brown, in building this grotesque political state of affairs.