Been many decades since I saw A Very British Coup. I remember loving it very much. Not sure how many youths who will cast their votes in Scotland’s independence referendum next week will even have heard of it. They might want to check it out though. A Very British Coup is inspirational. It provides precisely the sorts of ideas Scotland’s democrats must address in the closing days of this battle.
To paraphrase (somewhat inaccurately) a hilariously funny soundbite from a Vice Presidential Debate, I knew Harry Perkins. Harry Perkins was a friend of mine. Alex Salmond is no Harry Perkins. Only the last bit is true. One reason Alex Salmond is no Harry Perkins is because Scotland’s First Minister, unlike the legendary British Prime Minister, is not fictional. A much more important difference, as far as I’m concerned, is the degree of radicalism of these respective politicians – Alex Salmond being the less left-wing of the two. Having said that, there are similarities. And they are significant enough for all supporters of Scottish independence to promote this very British legend.
NATO leaders piled intolerable pressure on Harry Perkins to force him to break his democratic mandate. And Alex Salmond is coming under exactly the same pressure. And it doesn’t end there.
Big business and the financial markets threatened to frustrate the democratic decisions of the voters in A Very British Coup. And that is exactly what we are witnessing in Scotland today. And just as the voters in the fictional version rallied heroically to the defense of their democracy when threatened by a tiny elite of David Cameron’s ultra-rich chums, I trust the people of Scotland will do exactly the same thing. This may piss off those Confederation of British Industry members who abuse the voters license fee day-in, day-out… It may piss off Alistair Darling and Johann Lamont. But the majority of the people of Scotland don’t take kindly to threats from blackmailers. We will resist. And cheerleaders for these nasty intimidating parasites, at every level of society, will find themselves subject to democratic scrutiny. Labour MPs who throw their lot in with these asset-stripping parasites do so at their peril. And broadcasters at the BBC who dance to the tune of these creeps should find themselves another profession asap. You certainly don’t deserve one penny from public funds. And the overwhelming majority of traditional Labour voters both sides of the border will agree with me on that.
While Scotland’s independence movement may not have began as anything particularly radical, the reactionary sabotage of it from right across the British Establishment may be in the process of pushing voters in a far more radical direction than anyone intended. That, as far as I’m concerned, is a good thing.