Jarvis Cocker: Politicians don’t understand. They just smile and hold the hand of big business. And so we march
Do I really have to march? It’s actually a serious question: I mean, marching’s rather … military, isn’t it? Bit aggressive. Bit too much like what the baddies on the other side would do, don’t you think? Wouldn’t you rather saunter? Or stroll? Mince, even? A hop, a skip or a jump – anything but stern-faced, humorless marching. And let’s face it: we’re probably going to need a sense of humor.
Remember 15 February 2003? If you’re taking the trouble to read this, then you probably went to an anti-war march that day. Didn’t turn out so well, did it? Nothing really changed. The “largest protest event in human history”, as we remember it today, was effectively ignored. That left a nasty taste. It might even have put you off the idea of protesting forever. The marching boots were thrown to the back of the cupboard and you went into a major sulk. Maybe you even wrote a song about it. Yeah, that’ll tell ‘em. You wrote the words:………………….
by Elliot Ross @Africasacountry
Even if Scots vote no,? their politics have been transformed
Things move very quickly in politics, and old certainties can die suddenly. As a high school student in Edinburgh in the early 2000s, I was taught that the devolution of major government powers to a new Scottish parliament in 1999 was Tony Blair’s masterstroke. Scottish nationalism, I learned, no longer made sense. With devolution, the Scots got meaningful self-governance, while Blair’s “new” Labour Party could look forward to long periods of rule in Edinburgh and London.
This week’s independence referendum and the great surge of support for the yes campaign over the past year are exactly what Blair thought he had made impossible.
Who among the host of politicians, pundits, economists, historians, bankers and activists to have opined on Scotland in the past months will turn out to have offered the most accurate picture of what lies ahead? It might not be the one you think. Nobody bothered to teach me in high school of the warnings made as early as 1994 by then–Prime Minister John Major. He said devolution amounted to tearing the U.K. constitution to pieces and laying the groundwork for secession, but nobody paid much attention.
“What happens,” he asked, “at some stage in the future if the Scottish National Party were to have a majority in a Scottish parliament and asked to leave the United Kingdom? What is the position then?”……………
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