I’m neither for nor against nuclear weapons for the UK, but probably more against than for. Merely thinking about nuclear weapons ever being deployed makes me feel disgusted. Why should a small country need them anyway, and don’t they make us more of a potential target? On the other hand, they helped put an end to WWII in the east, and we haven’t had another world war since then, so maybe they have helped to keep the peace. Who knows?
With several complete megalomaniac nutters in charge of some countries in various parts of the world today, maybe it is better to be safe than sorry, even if you don’t agree with having such weapons. If Trump gets elected to the White House, anything could happen in world politics, and I’m sure that he won’t be the last of his kind.
What I am against is Scottish secessionists using incorrect ‘no nukes’ arguments for their own purposes. Fat Mac recently steamed off on the subject, “Uf theys wiz oan theyz’s oan doorstips an nae in Jockland they poash boys wudni wan they nukes sae much” he ranted. He was only repeating what other secessionists have claimed, about the location of Faslane naval base in Scotland.
In fact, Faslane is 313 miles from Southampton, and 383 miles from Lerwick, and is therefore more or less bang in the middle of the North/South UK line. As the Wiki entry on HNMB Clyde explains: “Faslane itself was chosen to host these vessels at the height of the Cold War because of its geographic position, which forms a bastion on the relatively secluded but deep and easily navigable Gare Loch and Firth of Clyde on the west coast of Scotland. This position provides for rapid and stealthy access through the North Channel to the submarine patrolling areas in the North Atlantic, through the GIUK gap to the Norwegian Sea. At the time it was chosen, the location was also close to the American SSBN base at Holy Loch, which operated 1961-1992.”
Faslane is located in a logical and strategic place which happens to be halfway between Lerwick and Southampton, yet secessionists like to whinge about it and similar things. If it ever looks as if there might be a nuclear conflagration, the subs would be long gone from Faslane anyway. London would be a more logical target, but the secessionists ignore the facts in this case and others in their ongoing attempts to encourage a victim culture in Scotland. Such websites as ‘YES to an independent Scotland’ and others still play on the Scottish victim culture created in Scotland in the 1960s and 70s by such people as John Prebble.
It was interesting to hear Sir Tom Divine mention this ‘victim historiography’ in his recent talk on Scotland’s role in the slave trade at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Divine is actually a ‘Yes’ voter, but he is also a super historian. I have just read that Devine said, some time ago: “The immensely popular books of ‘victim history’ by the Canadian writer, John Prebble in the 1960s and 1970s, on such themes as Culloden and the Clearances, have helped to forge the myth of Scottish emigration as a Highland experience, a diaspora of the clans. It remains a belief shared by many Scots and overwhelmingly so by the Scottish diaspora in North America today who base their ‘history’ of the nation on Prebble and similar authors and remain quite unaware of the huge advances in the transformed understanding of Scotland’s complex past made over the past few decades.”
Thankfully the secessionists don’t mention the Clearances or Culloden so much nowadays, (though try searching Google for #indyref2 and culloden or clearances and you can still find occasional bile), but many of their more crude utterances on the Web still encourage a victim culture, especially among lower aspirational, blue collar Scottish workers, as if to say: “It’s not my fault that I’m not doing well. It’s somebody elses”. The somebody elses can be the posh boys, the money men, the bankers, Westminster, those in the south of England, London, or whoever. It is the same type of anti-establishment thinking that resulted in so many people voting for Farage and Trump, and the secessionists hope to benefit in the same way.
The SNP are launching a new initiative aimed at achieving #indyref2. To do this, they will target previously ‘No’ voters. When I see them publicising a handful of ‘C’ list celebs who ‘Were No, now Yes2″ it almost reminds me of something out of China in the 1970s (“Were capitalists, now Maoists”).
Whilst much of the snip initiative will target previously ‘No’ voters, at the same time Alex Salmond is being encouraged to be a loose canon in order to rally their traditional support. e.g. a couple of weeks ago Alex Salmond accuses BBC of ‘blatant anti-independence bias’. The man who not long ago, in 2014, promised that the Referendum is ‘once in a generation opportunity’ now sets out prompt timescale for second Scottish independence referendum.
On a day when I can read (in Barclays’ Prosperity Map) that Scotland has achieved the biggest annual increase in household wealth in the UK, it is time to say a firm ‘No’ to #indyref2 and all of the divisiveness it would bring.