Thursday, 28 September 2017

Corbyn .... just another English imperialist

Funny that, I mean it is just fine for the Palestinians to be free of Israeli over lordship but a disaster if it happens to be any part of the so called United Kingdom trying to exit English over lordship. This leaves any sane person wondering just what Mr Corbyn means by his undying support for self determination for the down trodden masses.

Take his speech, long on what is good for "Britain" (aka Englandshire) but empty of any understanding of what is actually going on, politically, in England's "United" fiefdoms. Corbyn is just another English nationalist busy telling the Celtic fringe of the UK he knows what is best for us. His ignorance of the true basis of the UK Parliamentary Union between Scotland and England was clear for those with the patience to listen to what he actually said. Though other commentators have listed just far off beam he is on issues pertaining to Scotland it is worth reiterating the key points of his ignorance to make clear just what he stands for as an English nationalist:
  • That Scots Law and constitutional practise is protected for "all time" by the Treaty of Union as an independent construct, where "all time" means exactly what it says on the tin
  • The SNP Government is already mitigating the impact of Tory social welfare and health policies that his party sat on their hands or actually voted for, to the tune of in excess of £100 million this year alone
  • Scotland has a separate Educational system
  • Scotland has a separate National Health system which operates very differently to England's as the SNP kicked out the insidious privatisation of NHS services started by Labour via policy and PFI and brought hospitals back under NHS Scotland control
  • The SNP has built more social housing than their Labour predecessors managed (not hard, I know)
  • The SNP has mitigated against Labour's PFI schemes and their impact on education and health funding
  • The SNP not for profit funding model has seen public projects, such as the new Forth Bridge, brought in for a fraction of the cost and time wastage of Labour's cumbersome PFI model
  • The SNP is already using its 'powers' to enable publicly owned businesses in Scotland to bid for the next Scotrail contract
  • As a socialist he should recognise the SNP are not his enemy to be 'wiped out in Scotland' but a potential ally for progressive change
  • As an internationalist he is anti-EU (apparently because it oppresses the working man and woman) and yet the EU has been key in sustaining the longest period of peace, between constituent nations, seen in Western Europe, ever, which has benefitted the working man and woman through free movement of labour across the said oppressive EU
His speech is now being spun in the UK media as 'barn storming'. I would humbly suggest it was, in reality, a speech which missed the metaphorical barn doors by miles with respect to Scotland.

I rest my case that Corbyn is just another ignorant English nationalist and imperialist. If 'Labour unity' is reflected in the self immolating wasters in Labour's "Scotch" branch then this was truly the speech of a straw man.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Big Lie

I notice that the Darien Disaster has been rearing its head as a Uninionist justification as to why Scotland can not be trusted as an independent country in charge of its own economy. The truth is Darien as a project failed but mainly because the Spanish and English Establishments of the day did not want France gaining a foothold in Central America via a Scottish colony. Powerful financial interests put the squeeze on their respective governments in England and Spain as they saw a potential attack on their hegemonies, cartels and sole trader status. In simplistic terms you could ask just what has changed in the last three hundred odd years with respect to these two nations and Scotland and, having observed the hyperbole during the 2014 referendum, the answer is that London and Madrid remain in cahoots as far as Scotland is concerned; as do their vested interests.

Darien failed but it did not reduce Scotland to a fiscal basket case as Unionist history has long claimed as justification for the Union. In the period between Darien and the Treaty of Union the core players in Scotland's economy in the period, the Burghs and nascent middle class, recovered their losses quickly. Custom and excise returns for Edinburgh and Leith indicate an economy growing at around 4%. It appears the middling Scots in the Burgh's were not feeling the pinch nor were local artisans. A study of shipbuilding at Leith over the period showed yards working at capacity for both Edinburgh and Leith Burgess and the Scottish Navy, again hardly indicative of a country in economic collapse or with its banks in serious trouble. The same was true for all the East coast Burghs.

So just who was actually in financial trouble over Darien?

Surprise, suprise it was the 'Estaite o' the Lairds'. Many, in their greed, had mortgaged their estaites to the hilt to fund the Darien Company. As the Burghs recovered from the initial financial hit they started the process of calling the mortgages in the Scottish Courts. By 1700 a number of big Scottish land owners were on the edge of bankruptcy, if their mortgages were called in, and the legal pressure to settle was growing apace as the Burgh's middle classes wanted their money back. For England this would be a double whammy as many of the said Lords were willing to support the Hanoverian succession but without their lands, fues and rents would be in no position to ensure their 'people' towed the Hanoverian line. At the same time the English Government of the day were paying out large bribes to Scotland's Jacobean lords to keep them sweet on the Hanoverian deal, at a cost of £1 million pounds sterling a year to the English Treasury in the 1700's. Daniel Defoe's role in this was to ensure the Treasury money got to the right (wrong) people.

So we have a situation where the Scottish Lords, the English Parliament would rely on to ensure the Hanoverian succession are on their uppers, while the assumed Jacobean opposition Lords were doing very well, thank you very much. A change in Government in England saw a change in approach and a Treaty of Union which had been opposed at every turn in the English Parliament up until the early 1700's suddenly became vital to English interests. The position was made clear to the the Scottish Hanoverian Laird's, deliver the Union Treaty and your debts will be paid off, the rest is history.

"Bought and sold for English gold"

Nothing much has changed since, if you want to understand the Unionist opposition - just follow the money. Money has always been far more important to Unionists than Scotland's best interests, from day one. As for Scotland's economic collapse, that happened as an outcome of the Union Treaty with France blocking Scottish merchants from the Baltic states and the Low Countries while England blocked trade from Scotland with their colonies, By the mid 1700's Scotland's main export was its people, immigration forced through by the clearing of land and grinding poverty in the Burghs. Scotland's economy has never regained the levels of growth it saw prior to the Union Treaty, not so much by default than by deliberate Westminster fiscal policy. Keeping Scotland, Wales and Ireland poor was vital to the colonial ambitions of the fundamentally English Parliament at Westminster and its financial backers, just as it will be vital to any recovery in a post Brexit UK. The poverty of 'austerity' is part and parcel of this current Brexit process along with scapegoating of those who do not have a voice or are 'foreign' (which includes all Scots who are not with the current 'North Britain' scheme) via the UK media.

If you understand the historic parrallels between what happened in the 1700's in Scotland and now. The question remains; do you want to keep playing this game with Scotland always on the hind teat or not?

Friday, 22 September 2017

Democracy not dead; just pining for the fiords

As we watch the West's increasingly fascist capitalist system defend itself in Spain, courtesy of the silence and or hand washing in the EU capitals and at Brussels on Catalunia (we can not interfere in internal matters), is there any thoughtful person left in any doubt just how sick and weak our Western system of democracy has become?

Here in the UK we have what is technically a Tory minority government, propped up on the shoogly peg of a bribed DUP, claiming powers, based on an archiac English Law Statute, designed to enable Henry the Eighth's autocratic rule to run unenpeded in England and Wales in the late 15th Century. A statute which has no standing or legitimacy in Scot's Law or constitutional practice protected for "all time" by the Treaty of Union.

Over the years I have written time and time again, in this blog, about the insidious enactment of so called "British Laws" which are in breach of the Treaty of Union, warning of the creeping Nazification of the British State and yet it appears the Scots are, like the mythical frog in the slowly heated water, going to be cooked before they realise what they have allowed to happen, courtesy of their own fear and ignorance. A point at which it is too late to make the dramatic change necessary to protect ourselves, our national interests and our successors future - independence.

We need to accept the reality appears to be we are "Scotland the sheep" and not the brave. A nation of too many, "Ach ye maybees richt, laddie, bit its 'aye been' thon wey, ye'll ne'er change aucht, Lunnon 'ill n'er let ye.", boiled frogs to a man and a woman, mushroom people who live in the dark and consume the shit fed them by the UK media without any thought there is anything better on offer. A nation who think tuppence of their own parliament in Edinburgh (as told to by said media) while having no clue as to how effective their 'pretendy parliament' and Scottish Government has been in aleviating the worst of the Tory Government austerity and hatchet jobs on the NHS and Welfare funding since 2010 amongst other good works.

We now find ourselves in the political bullshit season as the Unionist political parties have their carefully scripted, back slapping, 'are we not sooo clever' weekends. We will hear from all the usual commentators just how 'baaad' the SNP is at governing in Scotland's best interests (the increasingly isolated Gerry Hassan has already started) and how lucky we Scots are to be living in a clapped out, roofless, Unionist mushroom shed somewhere a bit north of Watford, not having to worry about being dazzled by bright lights or suffering from sun burn, so eat up this load of recycled, Unionist, media shit like good chaps and chapesses, don't worry your little mushroom heads and just keep giving us kind English Unionists all your resources and profits for free. We will get round to giving your North British mushroom shed a new roof once we have decided just what Brexit actually means; then again, maybe you North Brits should just pay for the new roof yourselves, like you did that ramshackle new bridge over the Firth of Forth that you did not really need.

This Unionist version of democracy wouldn't go 'voom' if you put ten million volts through it - pass me the Scott's fungicide spray, we are down to last ditch efforts to rid us of the mushrooms causing the democratic rot in Scotland.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Brexit; a lead Zepplin

The full expression is "Going down faster than a lead Zepplin".

First, let me deal with the pedants or as I like to call them, "Unionists".

According to current physics thinking all things fall at the same rate (v) in a vaccuum under gravity, so technically the statement is meaningless as all bodies with mass fall at the same rate. It also follows the maximum energy contained within any body equals its mass times the speed of light squared; E.

Under the basic law of momentum E is conserved; consider a collision between two objects - object 1 and object 2. For such a collision, the forces acting between the two objects are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction (Newton's third law). The relationship of momentum and the stored or kinetic energy of a body can be expressed in equation form as follows:

Image result for conservation of momentum formula

OK pedants; so far? 

So why is the kinetic energy of a body only half of its total available energy according to Einstien's formula? 

This is due to terminal velocity:

terminal velocity formula, v = the square root of ((2*m*g)/(ρ*A*C)). Plug the following values into that formula to solve for v, terminal velocity.[1]
  • m = mass of the falling object
  • g = the acceleration due to gravity. On Earth this is approximately 9.8 meters per second per second.
  • ρ = the density of the fluid the object is falling through.
  • A = the projected area of the object. This means the area of the object if you projected it onto a plane that was perpendicular to the direction the object is moving.
  • C = the drag coefficient. This number depends on the shape of the object. The more streamlined the shape, the lower the coefficient.
Now you could just blame quantum or cry "SNP baaaad", as usual, but the observable reality, on the surface of the earth, is the terminal velocity of a lead Zepplin is far faster than that of a feather - QED.

 So how does "Going down faster than a lead Zepplin" apply to Brexit you ask, apart from being quite a funny description of the current farce playing out at Westminster. Let's try applying the terminal velocity formula to current Tory Party thinking and actions to see if I am right in my contention.

Mass: is easy to define as you can observe the 'dead weight' that makes up the current UK Cabinet so we will assume the mass of the Tory Brexit negotiating body is around the same as the average neutron star on a volume basis; 1100 tonnes per nanolitre (millionth of a litre) or the equivalent of the mass of 900 great pyramids of Cheops.

Gravity: While we all observe the gravity of the situation is high, in terms of the equation it is fixed at 9.8 metres per second per second

Density: While we would agree the Tory Party is being extrememly dense with its thinking that it controls all the Brexit negotiating levers, we are actually looking at the density through which said Brexit negotiations are falling within the EU, this is clearly a very high number indeed

Area: You can hardly call the current thinking of the Tory Party "stream lined" and given the corpulence that abounds within the Tory Party we can consider this figure to be in the region of half a square kilometre

Drag: The Tory Party continue to drag their heels and alter their latest spun press release on Brexit to face the current wind of popular thinkng within their own party. Most of the rest of us see this as a drag as we are fed up being treated like little kiddies who should just do what the "nice" Tories tell us to because they know best. There is a lot of drag around Brexit.

Given all the apparent agencies acting to slow the velocity of Brexit it appears, at first glance, I am potentially wrong in my contention of Brexit "Going down faster than a lead Zepplin" but mass will out. The average human being has a volume of 95 Litres, multiply by the number of Tory Brexiteers, times 1100 tones, times ten to the power 6 and I think you will agree the mass of Brexit under the Tories means the UK will "Go down faster than a lead Zepplin", creating a political, social and economic abyss, courtesy of its kinetic energy, we will never again see daylight from, welcome back to the dark Satanic Mills, UK. You just can not ignore the maths or the physics involved (let alone quantum). 

Simply put, we Scots are going to be fucked over, big time, if we stay in this UK Union.