For the 137th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I didn’t speak to anyone.
It is instead one of those episodes where I am bringing you a bit of an interview by and with someone else because I think it is of importance and should be heard.
That someone else happens to be Manfred Weber, head of the largest group in the European Parliament. When pressed on Brexit by BBC Hardtalk, he took a fairly strong line, best summed up by the title of this episode.
Whether you voted to leave or to remain, I think his comments are important to hear.
He also had a few words about Scotland and the levels of (dis)organisation and (lack of) direction being shown the UK government.
Hope you enjoy.
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The pods will be back very shortly, I have already recorded one this week and will also be recording two specials.
In the meantime, have a little think about what this says…
It’s a slightly different episode in that it is 2 discussions about the EU, both from a socialist perspective. One of the interviews makes the left wing case for leaving the EU, and the other makes the left wing case for staying in the EU.
These interviews were conducted a couple of months ago for the SSP podcast, who asked me to do a few interviews for them and I accepted (NB – as ever, the Scottish Independence Podcast is unaligned with any party or group and regular listeners will know we regularly feature SNP, SSP, Greens, Labour for Indy, Libdems for Indy and all sorts of unaligned people and independent groups).
The reason for doing these interviews is that in the coming months we are going to hear a lot about the merits and problems of the EU, but they are mostly going to come from rightwing perspectives – this is why it is important to start giving some perspectives from the other side of the argument early. I suppose you could call it a bit of public service broadcasting, given that official public service broadcasters don’t seem to do that much of it anymore.
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In the video below, aside from his usual spluttering rage, Everybody’s Darling™ decided to talk about Scotland having a stronger position in the EU as part of the UK. If you don’t want to listen to him, a position I could easily understand, just go below the video.
Time for me to point out three quick things again.
Firstly, let’s play spot the odd one out (statistic a couple of years old but the point holds)…
- Malta = 403,532 MEPs = 5
- Luxembourg = 486,006 MEPs = 6
- Cyprus = 792,604 MEPs = 6
- Estonia = 1,307,605 MEPs = 6
- Slovenia = 2,007,711 MEPs = 7
- Latvia = 2,245,423 MEPs = 9
- Lithuania = 3,700,000 MEPs = 13
- Ireland = 4,156,119 MEPs 13
- Scotland = 5,062,011 MEPs = SIX
- Finland = 5,244,749 MEPs = 14
- Slovakia = 5,455,407 MEPs = 14
- Denmark = 5,484,723 MEPs = 14
A member of the European parliament (Daniel Cohn-Bendit) has alleged that Greece will be forced to buy arms in order to get its bailout.
Bear in mind that one condition of the bailout is enormous cuts in services. IF this is also true it is a great indicator of the thought processes at work. Cut services, get debt, buy guns.
I think this should be a useful reminder before tomorrow of how well the Unionist parties have represented Scotland in Europe.
These are the populations and number of people in European parliament for some of the smaller countries in Europe.
Can you see which one appears to be different? If you can, can you work out why that might be?
Malta = 403,532 MEP’s = 5
Luxembourg = 486,006 MEP’s = 6
Cyprus = 792,604 MEP’s = 6
Estonia = 1,307,605 MEP’s = 6
Slovenia = 2,007,711 MEP’s = 7
Latvia = 2,245,423 MEP’s = 9
Lithuania = 3,700,000 MEP’s = 13
Ireland = 4,156,119 MEP’s 13
Scotland = 5,062,011 MEP’s = 6
Finland = 5,244,749 MEP’s = 14
Slovakia = 5,455,407 MEP’s = 14
Denmark = 5,484,723 MEP’s = 14