(The above three images borrowed from William Brown on twitter.)

It would be fair to say that there are many other areas in which Scotland excels.

Our law and order record is better than England’s due to our government not having made the drastic cuts to police over the past 10 years that the Tories have. In particular, knife crime is decreasing here, whilst it has reached epidemic proportions in England.

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Our prison service, not having been privatised, still works reasonably well, as does our probation service for the same reason (stand up and take a bow Mr Graying).

Our trains are better and more punctual, although, to be fair, there are far far fewer of them to be late…

Andy Burnham

We have now had 18 months of railway chaos in the North. But the

have ignored repeated calls to intervene from myself &

. Please remember this when you go to vote.

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I’m pretty sure you can (and will) add to this quickly-compiled list.

We’re not perfect of course and like every other government, sometimes ours gets things wrong.

But a good number of the areas in which we could do better are controlled from, you guessed it, London, by, you guessed it again, the Tories.

We know that there are far too many drug-related deaths here, but that is a matter, for some strange reason, reserved to London.  The London Home Office has repeatedly refused to devolve any responsibility for this to our government.

On our own, we could follow the examples of the Portuguese or Swiss or Nordic countries’ policies in dealing with the drugs deaths crisis. (Incidentally, the worst area in the UK is not in Scotland, but in the North East of England and the Scottish government collates drug deaths differently from the English one.)

But we could have good policies on this, as we have shown in the past. (After all, we were the first country in the UK to ban indoor public place smoking which is now bearing fruit. And as I understand it there has been a drop in alcohol consumption in Scotland since minimum pricing.) Our government has repeatedly asked for powers to make changes to drugs policy and it has been repeatedly knocked back with a “we know best” attitude.

If we weren’t helping the UK to punch above its weight in world affairs, Scotland would have a lot more money to spend on domestic issues.

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Britain somehow feels the need to pretend that it is still a force to be reckoned with on the world stage. In reality, it’s just not. It’s a medium-sized country with a great deal more in its past than in its future.

Scotland would take its place in the world with other small northern nations like Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Finland and Sweden. Important in its own way, yes, but with no desire to be deputy to America’s sheriff.

I remember Cameron announcing (I think it was after Russia invaded Ukraine) that he would be phoning Putin to register his protest. I remember thinking… Well, that’s gonna make him think twice, eh? Putin will be fair shaking in his shoes… the UK objects.

If Obama or Xi had protested that night, Putin would probably still have done nothing, but it wouldn’t have been so laughable.

Cameron? Not so much.

But it’s not just pretending that we are important, respected and powerful. There’s much more that is unfair. We spend a lot of money on infrastructure in London (after all, supposedly “our” capital) and its surrounds from which we get next to no benefit. Sewers and Crossrail come immediately to mind, not to mention HS2. (OK, I accept that if I’m in London I might need Crossrail…supposing they get it built before I die… and I’ll certainly need the sewers. But the same could be said of Paris or Berlin or Shanghai and none of their governments has come to me for taxes!)

And if they think we are too wee, poor and stupid to manage self-government despite all the signals that we are not, how can they explain that so many other members of the EU and EEA around the same size or even smaller, manage so much better than Britain?

Something uniquely incompetent about Scots?

Well after 300 years of this union…





15 thoughts on “TOO WEE, TOO POOR, TOO STUPID?”

    1. Ah, bliss. And it is bliss becasue things work in countries like that. Because they spend taxpayers’ money on them.

      What matters to the UK is its status. The pomp and circumstance surrounding it monarch and parliament. The permanent membership of the security council. The “special relationship” blah, blah, blah…


  1. Russia invaded Ukraine!?

    I must have missed that.

    One of the best narratives of British decline was Correlli Barnett’s “Pride and Fall” trilogy detailing the collapse of British power from the 1930s to the 50s. Britain’s decline was as much due to her own arrogance and incompetence as it was to the actions of it’s greatest enemy – the US.

    You don’t see Correlli Barnett’s books in Waterstones much these days amidst the piles of garbage written by the likes of Max Hastings, David Starkey and Simon Schama. I wonder why?


      1. Thanks for the link, however rarely have I heard so much lying through the teeth contained in 2 minutes 17 seconds.

        We’ll have to differ amicably on this one lol!

        Yes read Correlli Barnett (what superb a name btw), if pushed for time (they’re long reads) read the second book “The Audit of War”. So many WW2 myths busted in one book – make no mistake about it – the defeated powers in 1945 included a Britain thoroughly humbled, humiliated and taken to the cleaners by her supposed closest ally!

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        1. Yes, I understand that that was when the USA started telling Britain what it cold and could not do.

          Interesting that an ex colony now bosses the old master about.


        2. A propos Ukraine and Russia… I don’t know what really happened, but I do remember that David Cameron would have something to say about it.

          And my point was, why? What was it to do with him? What could he possibly do? Uk v Russia? What, was he going to bomb Moscow? If so, with what?

          A sharp word from Washington or Beijing might be of note… from London, it would be like an irritating fly in the room.


          1. Remember that Russian cruiser that was half way down the Caledonian canal before the Royal Navy knew anything about it? The only way threats from Cameron, or now Boris, would harm the Russians would be to make them die laughing!

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  2. The British empire was constructed as an entity with London at it’s centre.
    Resources were sucked from the periphery to the centre and in return London gave the periphery law and order (London’s law and order).
    All that has happened is that the web has shrunk but the operational modus operandi remains.

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  3. I don’t think there’s been a rise in traditional nationalism at all. Scots want robust institutions and healthy public services for all and reacted badly to Thatcherism and its aftermath. Increasingly, their own nation state looks the logical solution. Derek Bateman.

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  4. Just back from holiday on Norfolk Island, lovely spot only 35sqkm, it’s where the decendants of the Bounty mutineers went after Pitcairn Island became too wee. On the flight over I met a Scot who had married an islander but is now living in Edinburgh. I think I converted him to the cause as I swamped him with information on indy. Everyone converted is really two votes for us. Yeah!

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