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All politicians know – and often quote – the response from the unflappable Harold Macmillan when asked by a journalist what a prime minister most feared: ‘Events, dear boy, events’.  Put more colloquially, and much less elegantly, shit happens and politicians have to deal with it.


Things that happen can transform the political landscape, for better or worse, in a flash…or perhaps a ‘Flashman’, as current British prime minster David Cameron (whose political hero is Macmillan) discovered to his cost that one of those ‘events’ done for him last week: he took a huge gamble and lost with his in/out referendum that not only saw a split with the EU and a ‘Brexit’ but also split the country.


It was one of the most disgusting and divisive political campaigns ever in British history, as an often ‘blue-on-blue’ Tory squabble turned a complex debate about openness, tolerance, equality and solidarity into a sequel to Lord of the Flies.  The fear-mongering and outright lies of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Nigel Farage, The Sun and the Daily Mail won – and thanks to the cahoots of that cabal, this is probably the most disastrous single event in British history since the second world war.


Every region of Scotland voted to remain by a large margin, the overall Caledonian result being 62-38.  In 2014, during the Scottish Independence Referendum, the Scots were told that the only way they could be guaranteed to remain citizens of the EU was to stay in the UK – and this, among others, was the main reason they voted to stay part of the Union.  Now following last week’s divisive vote, Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has no option left to her other than to start the political process of a second referendum here in Scotland – only this time with the current fallout, I can see the vote coming down heavily in favour of independence.


The 2014 vote in Scotland came on the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.  And if I were a betting man, I’d say the next vote is going to come by 2020, which by coincidence would be the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, without a doubt the most famous document in Scottish history. Like the American Declaration of Independence, which is partially based on it, it is seen by many as the founding document of the Scottish nation. It was drafted on the 6th April 1320 – and 700 years hence, it could well be that Cameron’s successor discovers that Union is no more.


Ah, events dear boy, events, as Super-Mac was wont to remind us.


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  • thank you! and happy pride! 🙂

  • This was is great, John. What were people thinking?

    • Your guess is as good as mine. The words "turkeys", "vote", and "early Christmas" comes to mind!