Friday, 3 January 2014

Referendum: a 'No' vote is a Tory vote

So, the festivities are behind us and we now start easing ourselves into 2014.

Without doubt the coming year will be the most significant in Scotland’s history since our nation was ‘bought and sold for English gold’ in 1707. The Independence Referendum on September 18 gives us the opportunity to take responsibility for governing our own country and shaping our own lives.

Saying ‘No’ to independence would, in effect, be giving the green light to further Westminster-imposed ‘austerity’ measures, such as the Bedroom Tax and cuts to vital public services. In Scotland, we reject the Tories at every election, but voting ‘No’ in the Independence Referendum is the equivalent to voting Tory. Every ‘No’ vote is support for David Cameron and his London-based government of posh-boy multi-millionaire Tories. Every ‘No’ in the Independence Referendum is a vote for the Tories to continue imposing their will on Scotland.

Think I’m exaggerating? Do you think the Better Together anti-independence campaign is simply a grouping of cross-party activists who would prefer Scotland remained within the British Union for no apparent reason other than that’s the way it’s been for 300 years?

Certainly, the Labour Party appears to be fronting Better Together in Scotland – the organisation’s principle spokesperson is former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling – but look behind the facade and you find the anti-independence campaign is funded by Tory money, much of it donated by people who live in England and so won’t actually have a vote in the referendum. Better Together is a Tory front, with the ‘useful idiots’ of the Labour Party doing the donkey-work that, ultimately, seeks to retain control of Scotland – more accurately our natural resources – for use by future London-based Tory Governments.

The absurd position of the so-called ‘Scottish’ Labour Party is that they would rather Scotland continued to be governed by Tories from London, than have a Labour Government in an independent Scotland. I say so-called ‘Scottish’ Labour Party because no such political party actually exists. ‘Scottish Labour’ is simply a ‘description’ registered for use by the London-based Labour Party.

In the last few weeks of 2013, Better Together revealed that 19 wealthy individuals had given them a total of £1.3m to fund the campaign against Scottish independence. One donation of £200,000 came from Andrew Fraser, a City of London stockbroker and former head of Barings Bank. In the past, Mr Fraser has given £1m to the Tory Party.

Another prominent Tory donor, Sir Chippendale Keswick, gave Better Together £23,000. As Chairman of London-based Arsenal Football Club, Mr Keswick’s interest in Scottish politics or the future of Scotland is not immediately obvious.

In addition, two separate donations of £10,000 were received by the anti-independence campaign: these came from senior figures in the private intelligence firm Hakluyt, which has links to the British secret service organisation MI6. Better Together also pocketed £50,000 from Ivor Dunbar, an executive with London-based Deutsche Bank.

Earlier in 2013 it was discovered that £500,000 of the funding being used against Scotland re-taking the status of a normal, independent nation had come from one man, Ian Taylor, a long-term donor to the Tory Party. Mr Taylor does not live in Scotland.

Ian Taylor’s money partly comes from his role as Chief Executive of Vitol plc, a company that trades in oil. In 1996 Vitol paid $1m to Serbian warlord Arkan, apparently to sort out some problems that had arisen following a secret deal to supply Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia with fuel. Arkan was subsequently indicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal in relation to crimes against humanity: he was assassinated in 2000.

Still think I’m exaggerating about the Tory control of Better Together or Labour activists’ role as ‘useful idiots’ in the anti-independence campaign? Alex Mosson is a former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow, and this is what he had to say on the matter: “The latest roll call of No campaign donors should really come as no surprise to anybody who understands the vested interests at play here. This should act as a wake-up call to everybody, especially those in the Labour Party, if they’ve been kidding themselves that the No campaign is anything other than a Tory-led propaganda machine.”

Sir Charles Gray, a former Labour leader of Strathclyde Regional Council, added, “The fact that Darling and his No campaign are prepared to accept hundreds of thousands of pounds from right-wing Tories and bankers would be a joke if it weren’t so serious. It completely nullifies what might have been genuine were it not for the fact that they will take significant donations from wealthy people who will not have a vote in the referendum in desperation to prove a pretty hollow case. The more they take the more weak their cause becomes.”

Both Alex Mosson and Charles Gray, Labour men to the core, have seen through the Better Together facade: they have realised the organisation is nothing more than an attempt to retain Tory control of Scotland.

Alex Mosson and Charles Gray have announced they will be voting ‘YES’ in the referendum. More and more Labour Party members are realising that independence doesn’t mean a one-party (SNP) state. After Scotland re-takes its independence in September this year, there will be a period of negotiations between the current Scottish Government and the London-based UK Government. There will also be negotiations between the Scottish Government and the European Union. Then, in May 2016, we will elect MSPs to the first independent parliament and the first government of an independent Scotland. Which party (or parties) forms that government is for the people of Scotland to decide.

One thing is certain: with independence we will always get the government for which we vote, unlike Scotland within the British Union where we reject the Tories only to have them imposed on us by the electors of England.

The reason more and more Labour Party members are signing-up to ‘Labour for Independence’ is because they realise the full sovereign powers that only come with independence present an opportunity to traditional Labour voters to help build a better, fairer Scotland. They also realise the position of the London-based Labour Party is currently tying them into Better Together, a front for the Tory Party and an organisation whose vision for Scotland is more London-imposed austerity.

A ‘No’ vote is a Tory vote in the referendum.

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