Heroic Alex Salmond sticks it to the British state

The heroic Alex Salmond

The heroic Alex Salmond

Three hundred years after the crooked nobles of Scotland sold a proud independent nation down the Bannock Burn for a handful of silver, Alex Salmond took another major step, the other day, on the thousand-mile road to free Scotland.

The reaction from the British rump state was both pathetic and predictable.

The Labour faction want to keep this miserable union because without its safe political seats, their particular gang will never rule the roost in Westminster again.

(Though, after Vladimir Blair and Joseph Brown destroyed all the rival ‘talent’ in their faction, before Brown haemorrhaged Blair to death with political warfarin – as Leon Campbell reported – there’s little chance of that under Nikita Miliband anyway, whatever the circumstances.)

The Conservative faction, of course, want to keep the union, because beneath the corrupt hearts of most of their shire-based Sir Bufton Tuftons, lies a flag of imperial adventure; Culloden, Plassey, Mafeking, and all that.

Most of the rest of the kleptocratic London taxocracy want to keep the union, for without it London loses a little more of its mystique, and heads further down the way of Stockholm, Madrid, or Lisbon, and other former capitals of much-reduced empires.

Take it to its final degree.

If London were to become a city state, how grand could the Foreign Office be, or MI6, or the BBC, if all they each represented was a single English-speaking town in a small island of independent states?

“I’m James Bond, and Boris Johnson has given me a licence to kill.”

Daniel Craig would apply for something in the Russian FSB.

All those Romanesque façades would also become a historical joke, if the British government was reduced to the importance of Boris Johnson’s mayoral office; assuming Boris or a successor refused to squash the beast entirely, under a deserved foot of twelve hundred years of rotten bloody history, since Alfred began the death-drenched British empire, in Wessex.

(Rather interestingly, the union of Scotland and England arose because of a boom and bust cycle, fed by the taxative greed of Scotland’s elite. I hope that sounds familiar to anyone in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal, who are about to lose their own independence under similar circumstances.)

And now all we can hear from the MSM in England is a tale of woe about how we are ‘stronger together’ and other such cant.

Once Scotland throws off the shackles of welfare dependency thrust upon it by the British state to weaken it, it will once again become an economic powerhouse, sending its engineers and entrepreneurs out into the world to increase the prosperity of both themselves and everyone else.

The lives of everyone in Scotland, once the welfare cheques start to bounce, will become freer, happier, and wealthier. The chip on the shoulder will also finally dissolve, as they’ll look south to see the English withering under the same British state welfarism that has kept Scotland down for so long.

Yes, they’ll be a period of adjustment, as the one in four (or is it one in two?) of people in Scotland who live off the state, will have to find something useful to do, but that will pass far quicker than anyone hopes.

So what’s stopping them?

The entire British state and the British state-licensed MSM, for one. Also, worries amongst Scotland’s parasites that they’ll have to work for a living, and stupid discussions about ‘sharing’ the British state’s debt.

Go free, Scotland, and shake off those shackles. Repudiate the debt. You never borrowed it. So why do you need to repay it?

If you really feel bad about it, then give back the British state the £398,085.50, that they bought Scotland for. That the British state has inflated that away to the price of semi-detached house in Edinburgh, to pay for their welfare-warfare state, is their problem.

And if anyone in Scotland enters a polling booth in the next few years and votes ‘Yes’ to remain welfare dependents – so they can keep sucking at the English tax teat, while at the same time continuously complaining about the English – then shame on them.

Though if they can throw off the dole cheques, and manage to avoid all the booby traps to become independent, I hope they let me in and give me a second slave card if Texas turns me down.

Loch Lomond’s nice.

And only half an hour from the centre of Glasgow.

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4 Responses to Heroic Alex Salmond sticks it to the British state

  1. John Rae’s biography reveals that, in Adam Smith’s time, “even the children of Glasgow were busy.” From there to Welfare is the sad story of Scotland’s as well as England’s NEGLECT of Adam Smith. Even his home in Kirkcaldy no longer exists.

    Yet, things were different when Adam Smith was a little boy: very few ships sailed up the Clyde then; there was much poverty; and most people made nails for a living, from iron ore imported from Sweden. There were over 350 different “customs duties.” There was much smuggling – including of Scotch whiskey to England. There is a very old brand of Scotch called “Old Smuggler.”

    And, by the time Smith died, in 1790, there were no more than a handful of customs duties. Tobacco came into Glasgow – en route to Amsterdam. Free trade made “the children busy.”

    “Education,” on the other hand, is what has created “welfare.”

  2. David Farrer says:

    Andy.

    As you probably know this whole issue is of great interest to me. My own family background is a mixture of both English and Scottish and although I was born in and now live in Scotland, most of my life was spent in England. Generally speaking I consider the UK to have been a “good thing”, as far as states go. And unlike anyone else I’ve met, I’ve visited every county in the Kingdom.

    Nevertheless, I will almost certainly vote for independence. Partly this is because I think it’s going to happen sometime and I’d quite like to see how we manage things. I may even volunteer to be Ambassador in Rome – and in an ideal Scotland the sole function of the state would be to finance the Rome Ambassador’s pasta and wine bill…

    If you’d asked me a week ago I’d have said that it was fifty/fifty whether we’d vote for independence in the referendum. But the hundreds (thousands?) of comments I’ve read from English folk on the Internet in the last few days suggest that Alex Salmond may as well take the next two years as holiday.

    A few notes:

    Scottish people don’t hate the English. What we hate is the slightest suggestion that Scotland is somehow part of England rather than being in a union with our neighbours, who are always welcome to visit us or to move here. Many of those who do move here support independence.

    Contrary to what almost all English journalists believe, the infamous Barnett Formula does not determine how much taxpayers’ money is spent on Scotland. It determines how much is sent from the Inland Revenue to the Scottish Parliament for it to allocate on non-reserved items. Forty percent of government spending that pertains to Scotland is “reserved” to Westminster. And whereas expenditure per capita on devolved matters is indeed higher than in England, spending on reserved matters is less per capita than what is spent down south. For example, a year or so ago an economist reckoned that only one third of what Scots pay in tax towards defence is spent up here. It’s the same with the BBC. And don’t mention spending on the Olympics (London) and the Commonwealth Games (Glasgow), one of which counts as “British” and the other as “Scottish”! Recent government figures say that tax collected here is slightly above our share of the UK population.

    Scottish independence will be far more traumatic for the English than for us. For example, how often have you seen a map of England (not England and Wales)? I see maps of Scotland everywhere I go. Most English people don’t instinctively distinguish between England and Britain although it’s beginning to happen now. All Scots, whether pro or anti independence make that distinction without thinking. An independent England (and I’m sure that Northern Ireland and possibly Wales would separate) would have lost around half of the land and sea territory of the current UK. France and Italy would be larger and more influential states. That’s the real reason why Cameron and co. oppose independence. Whereas up here we already sort of think of ourselves as a typical mid-sized European country.

    Before my move to Rome I plan to be Chancellor of the Scottish Exchequer. Needless-to-say firm Rothbardian principles will be instigated during the short period that this office would be necessary.

  3. Andy Duncan says:

    You see, it starts with pasta and wine, and before you know it, you’re living in a full-blown police state! 🙂

    Though as Rothbard was happy for the US govt to keep its original 1776 budget, maybe a similar arrangement could be made for your wine and pasta?

    Great reply.

    Roll on freedom and independence.

  4. barry rainey says:

    let my country be friends and with other countrys once more and have a say in world affairs ,the world needs scotland ,and we need to show we are still the inventers and brains of this planet

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