Alistair Jack. Who am I and who is he and who am I to him and he to me?
You could say about me – that I grew up in a housing scheme in 80s Dundee and made the most of some of the opportunities that came my way, so that I can now say I am educated to some extent and can (mostly) pay my monthly bills. I own no property and have no savings. My politics have always been ‘left’ and I believe in a (much) fairer redistribution of wealth. I am absolutely horrified at the state of the British Isles as a result of Tory-imposed austerity and the bloodthirsty battle for power between the conservative factions (where the blood is let by the poorer in society). It was unjust for the poor to pay for an economic crisis they did not create. I could never wish for George Osbourne to ever sleep soundly in his bed following the horror that has unfolded in the very real lives of people since his and his cabal sold them down the river so as to better serve the interests of the elite. Everything Brexit related since has further cemented my decision. I believe that in an independent Scotland, society would demand better and the politicians would act on our demands so that things would be at least democratically and morally better. If Scotland was an independent country.
Alistair Jack on the other hand is a privately educated, multi-millionaire land-owner, and long-time member of the Tory party. He has other titles than the recently bestowed Secretary of state for Scotland. For example, he is a member of The Queen’s Bodyguard (whatever that is). He is a confide paid-up member of the ‘white men rule the world’ club. A quick look at his voting record and you can see his politics laid bare. And his worldview to a great extent. His is a world away from mine, and I think, for Jack, the status quo is damned worth fighting for! He is perfect establishment fodder. He may think he is at the trough with the pigs, but in the end – like so many before him- he is the one being dined upon for his usefulness. Above all, he is a man who believes in the righteousness and superiority of the British State over both Scotland’s body politic and civil society.
I am nothing to Jack, except in the context of him wishing to deny my democratic rights. In that, I am a scourge to the Scottish Society from which he has so richly benefited. He will do all he can to stop me getting a chance to alter his world. As a supporter of self-determination, I seek to redistribute the dealt hands completely, and see how we could stack those cards so that everyone has a chance to win. I am nothing to this Jack of private-members clubs, one whose just joined the ultimate Jack the lad boys club, populated as it is by so many other white, rich, privileged men who believe it is their right to drive UK society wherever they want, irrespective of the wishes of others.
Who else was Boris going to invite in? Mundell was out, that faithful lapdog was never going to get the offer. Nope, it was always going to be an ‘old boy’, one with money, land and allegiance. All the better that his farm is only over the border, easier for taking up the offers to stay. He is the factor and I am Donald McLeod. I am nothing to Jack Alistair. Yet a doubt gnaws at his mind as to the sheer numbers reported as being ready to agree with me on a question that needs to be asked again, and will be.
Jack doesn’t speak for me at all, his is a voice that serves himself and his masters. His is a voice that would speak at me, telling me what I can and cannot do, that established political behaviour in the UK is to be ignored in this instance because they don’t like the potential outcome. That power is ‘theirs’ to give, that, judging levels of public desire for a referendum, is exclusively theirs to interpret. And to think that some would advocate for a supermajority in any future referendum. Make it even more difficult for Scottish society to democratically invoke change. As if the power pendulum isn’t already pulled off to one side due to the long-rigged scales of Westminster Parliament.
And he to me? Well he is a symbol of lots that is wrong, an obstacle to be worked around, a source of encouragement. And, even though he is an opponent in a rigged game, we know that underdogs can still win. He is responsible for every one of those policies he has signed up to in his career. He is one of the reasons for my own engagement in the debate, and a part of that elite group who hold so much power in their obscenely privileged hands. He makes me sick when I think of the end result of Tory policies, he makes me sad that things are still as they are, that I could pick up a history book from any era of Scottish existence within the UK and find a carbon-copy example of someone just like him – happy to hold Scottish Society back for their own ends, and that of a dominant elite. He makes me angry that it is so difficult to push through change, that ‘dirty-politicking’ costs lives and infringes human rights as we agitate for change. I may be nothing to him, but he is something to me – something worth fighting against.
So, I suppose the question is not if Jack speak for me – that much is clear – but does Jack speak for you? Have you asked your friends? Queried your family as to what they think? Will this man ever argue for a society that they wish to live in. Consider the evidence and answer that question yourself.