SCOTTISH SEPARATISM, ANYONE ?
The British devolution
debate soon transformed into the Scottish Referendum debate. At
a time that Sri Lanka is contemplating ‘devolution of power’
after a long running war in the Northern Province, the British
are readying for a Referendum with regard to the fate of
But things do get curiouser and curiouser from there on.
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister who called for a
Referendum among the Scottish people, is giving interviews to
the British broadcast media saying that he thinks Scotland
opting to secede from the British union will be a tragedy, no
Former premier Gordon Brown, a Labourite is making long
speeches to the effect that Scotland seceding from the union
will bring bad economic portends for both the English and the
Scots. He says there will be a contestation among regions on
issues such as minimum wages, all of which he asserts would make
Scotland and England all the poorer for it.
But, first consider Cameron who called a Referendum which he
says himself would bring about tragic results. In these parts
they used to say that nobody but mad dogs and Englishmen would
go out in the noonday sun. It appears only eccentric English
Tories and their henchmen could think of something that would
have ‘tragic consequences’ possibly, and then proceed to promote
it as a ‘political solution.’
If the British Premier thinks that the possible consequences
of a Scottish Referendum could be tragic, doesn’t he cut a
tragic and perhaps at the same time a somewhat comic figure as
well -- touting the Referendum ‘solution’?
Cameron and Brown both say that Scotland opting out of the
union wouldn’t be good for the Scottish and the English as well.
Well, if as they say the consequences are going to be tragic for
everybody that’s British why ask the Scots alone to decide their
fate -- and that of the English? Well, that may be called
democracy and the realization of the Scots’ right to
self-determination, including the Scots’ right to self-destruct
-- tragically -- along with the British?
Speaking of mad dogs, sorry, eccentric English politicians,
it’s important to remember that the Scot devolution model is
what’s recommended for Sri Lanka by some of the local NGO elite,
but please read on, and the story gets even more interesting
David Cameron says that he will campaign tooth and nail to
ensure that the Scots remain in the union therefore averting
what he called ‘the tragic consequences.’
He says he will join anyone, and any opposition politician to
make it possible to avoid this tragedy. Why Cameron didn’t save
himself the trouble by not calling for the Referendum in the
first place is not something that seems to have crossed the
minds of Cameron’s like-minded and brilliant British democrats.
If Cameron had done half the campaigning that he intends to
do before he called for the Referendum he would have probably
been able to carry a majority of the Scots people with him in
his view that Scottish separatism is a tragedy. So, at best
Cameron could be called lazy in his attitude towards tragedy,
and at worst, he could be called a lot of other names, all quite
If all this is in the name of the self-determination of the
Scottish people however, shouldn’t Cameron be preventing them
from doing what he deems is bad for them and will be bad for
their eventual neighbours, if they opt out of the British union?
All of this sounds very curious and of course if the British
don’t care, we don’t -- except that according to the devolution
pundits in the NGOs, the Pakis-petti devolutionists of the CPA
persuasion, it’s the Cameron model etc. that we need to follow
for good governance and democracy. Any psychiatrist however
would recommend that we’d do better to avoid schizophrenia, and
avert tragedy altogether. Here is to importing from Scotland,
Scotch whisky and nothing else.