When I look at the EU I see an organisational structure and a series of rules and regulations and for me the sum total of the EU is how that structure and the rules it enforces affect me and the society around me. And as such there is no doubt whatsoever that we are leaving the EU when the rest of the UK does so.
So, I have watched with total bemusement as our deluded leader Sturgeon has mouthed off to the world press promises that clearly cannot be kept about “staying in the EU” given the structure and rules of the EU.
She is clearly very for “something” but it is not the real EU that I see, so what is it she sees in the EU? A first clue is this idea that is being suggested of “Scotland in both the EU and UK”. OK, so let’s start with the obvious question. Which parliament is it that the EU rules over? If it is the UK parliament – then the UK has not left the EU, so it is not the UK. But if it is the Scottish parliament, then how can the EU dictate policies that are not within the remit of the Scottish parliament. How does the EU control the Scottish army for example (as we now have confirmed is the plan in the near future).
If a general in Scotland receives an order from the EU to invade the UK and another one from the UK to invade the EU – which do they do? It is laughable that anyone is even offering such daft proposals. The EU is a governance structure, its not a facebook page. There is no “friends” button to the EU – you are either in it or out.
The only exception is oversees territories like Belize for the UK and Greenland for Denmark. But in both these cases the central banks, parliament, administration, taxes etc. etc. are controlled from within the EU under EU control. The EU allows countries to allow dependent territories to behave as if they are outside the EU. The EU cannot “allow” the UK if it is outside the EU to do anything, so the idea of Scotland in the UK and EU is complete utter nonsense.
So, what then is this “EU” that Sturgeon seems to think she is in, if it isn’t the organisational structure and rules which are what the real EU is made up of?
It appears the EU to which she thinks she belongs is a “social” entity – a group of people who “like” each other as “friends” in the same way people “like” and “friends” people on facebook. It is I suppose a “facebook EU” – one where “membership” really just amounts to be “best buddies” without any consideration for rules, regulations, finance, etc.
It’s all airy fairy utopianism with no substance. And that is very clear from the way she thinks she can get around EU rules and regulations not by looking at the rules and regulations but by finding more and more “friends”. She really does seem to think that if she gets enough people to be “best friends” that the rules will magically change.
But that is not how the EU works. The EU is a system of governance. It is about who is in charge not who is friends with whom. Indeed, it really isn’t a group of “friends” at all, but instead a group of the normal back-stabbing bastards that get on in politics (like the SNP). The kinds of people who will smile as they stab you in the back. And Sturgeon is clearly well out of her league in the EU – having spent all the last week making promises she can’t keep and revealing all her deck of cards in one go (which is not much) leaving her opponents in the EU and UK laughing at her naive stupidity.
Where from here?
It’s quite clear from the way the news has moved to issues further south that Sturgeon is being ignored except by the three numpties of the media (BBC, Guardian and Independent). These are the ultra pro-EU press, those who hate democracy and the plebs having any say. So, they love the SNP & Sturgeon for standing up for the chattering classes against the great hoards of unwashed voters.
But except for a never ending echo chamber from the SNP to the three numpties and back, I can’t really see much else happening. The initial “charge” has fizzled out. The great crusade to win over the EU has failed to get a hearing with Tusk. The Survation poll showed most Scots do not want another referendum (nor do I want to waste another month – just to get the same result).
What I don’t see happening is any moves e.g. to benefit from leaving the EU – particularly getting back our fishing. I don’t see Sturgeon reassuring business – instead her patently false assertions about staying in the EU are only adding to the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
To understand the impact on business of the SNP delay, you need to think of it as a race. The gun went off last Thursday – now those in England know there is a race, they are starting to prepare and whilst a few options still need sorting (like whether in/out of single market), they have a limited number of routes and are already making progess.
But here in Scotland – the SNP are arguing with the starting official whether we in Scotland should be running the race at all. But the rules of the EU dictate we will be running the race – so rather than starting with all the other competitors with a reasonable chance of winning – we in Scotland are sitting around as everyone else in the UK gets ahead of us. So when the SNP finally admit that we have to run the race – we in Scotland have f*ck all chance of winning and our businesses will be wiped out by the competition in England who were able to get on with it because they don’t have the numpty SNP.
My hope is that as business contemplates the appalling behaviour of Sturgeon over the last week, and translates it into how it affects them, and then as they meet their local politicians, and then as that message is slowly conveyed up the tree (if it happens at all and is not massively distorted by SNP activists) that eventually the message will start to get through to the tiny little brain at the top of the SNP that they are causing immense damage to Scotland. My hope is that will happen quick enough that we don’t have too much of a disadvantage against companies in the rest of the UK.
However, I’ve never found the SNP to be a listening party. Any such message will completely contradict their world view, and I’ve found that when that happens the SNP just shut their ears and hum to drown out the message.
So, I fear the SNP are not going to be listening to any of the cooler heads or industry voices telling them how disastrous their behaviour has been. Or if they do, we’ll be years behind the rest of the UK and totally unable to catch up. Scottish businesses will go under because businesses from the rest of the UK will be up and running outside the EU long before we are even off the starting block.
All anyone appears to be able to do, is to wait to see what daft things the SNP come up with next – in the hope they tend toward being less and less daft until we have some idea what is going to happen. My fear, is that by the time Scotland knows what is happening, our economy will be in a slump, we’ll be selling up our house at a huge loss (over present prices) and moving out of Scotland with so many other talented people.