…scotch that idea of a ‘no’ vote…

…the scots discover no substance to promises, especially those ever unfulfilled…

The cockiness seems to have gone out of the UK political establishment? The political parties are in a panic as the fateful 18th September approaches. The assumed victory of the ‘no’ vote in Scotland seems increasingly less so as the Scots question how and when do those ‘captured’ special interest politicians in the British Parliament down there truly represent their own interests. Challenges such as currency, economic union and defence all seem manageable enough to explain the strong change in mood favouring independence, and with added insight coming from the Danes and Norwegians over leisurely rounds of Scotch, after some golf?

David Cameron, trusty point man for any US military adventure, and his cohorts of the Conservative party are feverishly beside themselves with promises of brighter tomorrows for the ignored Scots, and just in case of a ‘yes’ vote, the UK government may well ban them from use of the British pound as their currency.

Good ole Ed Miliband whose Labour party would be more adversely affected by possible loss of that ‘guaranteed’ set of seats now has his knickers in a knot. To show that not only Cameron can promise, Miliband promises to address the low wage crisis for the working class folk as well as the zero hours contracts. As further incentives he threatens no use of the pound and that the Scots will no longer be able to call themselves ‘British’ – now that is telling them. The thought of the challenge for Labour to win general elections without those seats from the north is enough to disorient further the already confused Labour  leader – as is evident with the desperate call to Gordon Brown of the Iraq War misadventure.

Nick Clegg, well, Nick Clegg… Where were we? A ‘full court press’ by this cynical and unembarrassed lot against those of the ‘Yes’ persuasion in Scotland.

There does seem a similarity here with the US voters and their politicians, especially the Democratic party. Promises would be made to win the vote, once such folk are elected then the status quo ante would continue. As the next election cycle nears completion, promises are made to really, really fulfill those betrayed promises and to fulfill others, while associates, special interest groups and their members forge ahead. That Charlie Brown US ‘football’ analogy describes the predictability of promise and result.

The difference with the Scots and the USans is that so many of the former are fed up; that the promise of a new day, free from those cynical politicians, arrives on the 18th September. Prospects for less brutal social policy are brighter, as Scots would be directly involved in determining their own fate. Not to mention avoiding being dragged along by the US to any whimsical military misadventure (to benefit some exceptionalists). The dread of the Tory, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties is the loss, imminent and long-term, of power and prestige and leadership roles, not what they could or would do for Scotland. And, good lord! No House of Lords? And economist Dan Gay in a pleasant rumination finds nothing out of kilter with a ‘yes’ vote.

…The UK (less one?) ‘poodle’ becomes the UK ‘poodlet’? Ah, the possibilities…