Of all the arguments against independence the worst and most insulting of them all is that we are somehow uniquely incapable of running our own affairs. In the first of our too wee, too poor, too stupid series, Hardeep Singh Kohli @misterhsk looks at density.
We’re too stupid to govern ourselves, to embrace Scottish independence and once again put Scottish hands on the tiller of Scottish destiny. We’re too stupid. Thick, as the proverbial mince. Politically naive, economically gullible, constitutionally over optimistic. In fact, one wonders whether we should be allowed to vote on anything, ever, at all?
I suggest we not only roll back the idea of Independence, the three hundred and seven-year old dream to return, restore, reinvigorate a once great country to a future of self-determination. I go further. I suggest we are too stupid, too thick, too naive to actually deserve that Westminster gift of devolution (a system designed to offer perennially hung Holyrood parliaments). Return it, with that unwanted cardigan from Aunty Kamal and the One Direction CD from your misguided, but beloved niece.
Further still. Lets give back our MP’s in Westminster. Why do we need them? We are too stupid, too thick to actually know how best to deploy them. Besides in the 35 years since 1979 we have mostly been presided over by political parties with political mandates that bear very little resemblance to the Scottish psyche. Even New Labour took us into illegal wars and as they devolved Scotland managed to devolve themselves into the bastard children of Thatcherism.
It’s stupid for an Independent Scotland to want to stay in Europe, stupid to want to be nuclear free, stupid to want to feed its school children, stupid to want to support mothers returning to work, stupid to want to encourage immigration.
If we are too stupid, too thick, too naive to run ourselves, to operate in our own interest, then how are we NOT too stupid to enjoy any of the current democratic rights we enjoy.
Do me a favour. Look in the mirror and ask the person you see if they are stupid. If the answers “NO” then perhaps ask them whether people like them might not be too stupid to restore a once great nation.
Or maybe it’s just me that’s stupid?