In the flurry of excitement over potential Scottish Independence becoming a reality and amid the desperate panic about cash reinforced by all the corporate and banking cronies that Westminster can muster, one thing seems to get forgotten.
This movement may be less about nationalism – anyhow a bit of an outdated concept in a global age – than about self-determination. And it is a specific kind of self-determination, one that is only just managing to be articulated by in any forthright way.
What seems to unite the YES campaign is not the much vaunted saltire, a word many of us had never encountered until recently, but the unified desire to end the rule of the elite Westminster bully boys once and for all and to begin to create a proper social democracy on our island. The New Statesman ‘s Sophie McBain was kind enough to interview me today and gave me the chance to say this word a bit, and in the context of a society dominated by men who have been institutionalized in childhood.
It is not a word that you hear much of in Britain – social democracy. It is why our country feels – evident national customs aside – so different to Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany or any of our European neighbours, because we haven’t built one yet. A social democracy is a structure built on and for its people; it is different to a top-down society like ours which is a parliamentary evolution of an autocracy. Our system has its top-down bias built in to its education system where our elite get special privileges in exchange for which they have to renounce their childhood. Which is of course why in Wounded Leaders I suggest that we have the children inside these men running the show.
You could say that this is what people in Scotland have had enough of. This really is news and explains why the efforts to discredit the YES have become so virulent. It explains why it is Labour voters who have pulled out of the metling pot-politics that Labour has been forced to adopt. They have really had enough of governments who have no social conscious and no understanding of the vulnerable, let alone a sense of a country that extends beyond the ‘home counties.’ Labour has lost this support because their traditional supporters are at least trying to dream for something better.
It may be that the markets would decimate the new country; it may be that globalsiation won’t allow anyone to do anything differently, but at least someone is daring to dream.
And whatever the outcome, it is unlikely to bring the British Establishment down, unfortunately, but it may bring down Cameron, says the New Statesman, and if might just stimulate politics south of the border a bit, suggests George Monbiot, also daring to dream a bit.