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Monday, 7 November 2011

The Ladybird Book of devo max – suitable for unionists under 304 years old

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin …

Once upon a time, there was an independent – that means free, children – nation called Scotland. It ran all its own affairs, worked hard and spent its own money. Then another nation bullied them into giving away all their money and the results of all their hard work, but promised to give some of it back if they didn’t cause any trouble and did what they were told.

The big bully nation went on to bully lots of other nations to do the same thing, but over a long time, most of them got fed up, told the big nation to get lost, and went back to spending their own money. They became independent – that means free – again.

But Scotland still gave away all of its money and all of its talent and hard work, and the big nation got richer, especially in the big city called London – that’s where Dick Whittington and Ken Livingstone used to live, and where Boris Johnson now lives – while Scots got poorer and died younger.

Scotland was ruled by a party called Labour, who liked the big nation, because they could go there and get rich by working in a palace called Westminster. If they were lucky, they became Lords and never had to do any real work again.

But some Scots didn’t like their money and their talent and their oil being stolen, so they started a party of their own to try and get their money back. And they wanted to be independent – that means free – again, and not have to bully other nations to give away their money and their freedom.

Labour didn’t like this, because if it succeeded, it would spoil their party and they wouldn’t be able to go to London and get rich, like Dick Whittington and Boris. And they wouldn’t be able to become Lords and stay rich by doing nothing when the ordinary Scots people got fed up with them, and wouldn’t elect them anymore.

So Labour decided to give Scotland a tiny wee bit of its independence – that means freedom – back, and they called this devolution. Scots would be allowed to play little games in a corner of the playground, and spend a tiny wee bit of money, but they couldn’t play in the big boys and girls’ game.

But now the Scots own party, called the SNP, want to be independent – that means free – but if they have to let the big nation continue to bully other nations with the threat of a big bomb which they keep on submarines in Scotland, at least they want to spend all of their own money, and run almost all of their own affairs.

That’s called devolution max, children, but a nice cosy term for it is devo max. The big boys call it full fiscal autonomy, but that too big a word for Labour to say. It’s not independence – that means freedom – but it’s better than nothing.

But it still leaves Scotland with the big bomb – which they don’t want – and it still lets the big nation bully other nations, and send young Scots to die while they’re doing it.

It’s not hard to understand, if you think about it, children, although the big nation – and the misguided Scots who support it – have great difficulty in understanding it. Or perhaps they just don’t want to understand.

Now that’s naughty isn’t it ?

Let’s finish up with a song – what would you like, children? Rule Britannia or Flower of Scotland? I thought you’d say that …

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin …


  1. My absolute all time favorite video of Flower of Scotland. Great post. Every time one of them asks on some program what Salmond means by independence, I have to wonder: Are you an idiot or what?

    No one was stupid enough to ask that question of George Washington.

  2. But they did ask him if he cut down the cherry tree, Jeanne ...

  3. Peter, an absolutely top-notch article.

  4. Thanks, Barontorc - were you sitting comfortably? The Union is sitting uncomfortably, and hell mend it - nobody else will ...

  5. Put a smile on an otherwise dreary day.

    What most Scots don't realise is that after the treaty of union the English had got the Scots to start paying taxes efficiently. Efficiently enough that in Burns' time they British exchequer was pulling in £800,000 per year... enough to pay for their wars in France against Napoleon.

    Scots soldiers and Scottish money.

    Blood and war is our payment for selling out our country.

  6. A bit like the Bruce and that spider, Peter. ;-)

  7. Barontorc sums it up.May I humbly suggestion that it is reproduced verbatim and introduced into the syllabus of the Scottish education system

  8. Well, we used to have a chart of the tonic solfa in the primary class when I was at school called Curwen's Modulator. The problem is that it will soon be a historical document - a curiosity after independence, when teachers will tell children how stupid the Scottish media once were.

    But if things go a different way, I quite fancy it for my tombstone, although the cost of the inscription will be high. A monumental work for a mason, so to speak ...

  9. POSTSCRIPT: I was thinking of the eye chart, David. Thanks for posting.