Tuesday 16 December 2014

Carmichael hopes to "reset" UK Government's relations with Edinburgh from grievance to co-operation.

FUTURE dealings between the UK and Scottish Governments should be

Peter A Bell's insight:

When oozing out of a British politician the word “cooperation” is, of course, merely a euphemism for meek compliance and uncomplaining obedience. Nowhere does Carmichael suggest that the UK Government might go any way to addressing the causes of “grievance”. He just arrogantly instructs us to stop feeling aggrieved about having policies we abhor imposed on us by people we didn’t elect.

The tendency is to dismiss pretty much everything that Alistair Carmichael says as mere silliness from a man who is some way from being the shiniest bauble on the Christmas tree. But, whether he is aware of it or not, there is something more to his latest drivelling. Something quite insidious. The notion of the Scottish Government being solely concerned with grievances and picking fights with Westminster is a well-worn line in British nationalist propaganda. It is is just one of the ways in which the British establishment seeks to denigrate and undermine Scotland’s democratic institutions.

Alistair Carmichael makes a poor pretence of holding out an olive branch, when he is fact clumsily wielding a cudgel.

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