It’s the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it’s a double sort of anniversary. I hope you’ve been enjoying them.
This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of “what the hell is going on?” I spoke to Pat Kane, who I’m sure doesn’t need any introduction other than to say he isn’t the ice-hockey player that comes up if you search Pat Kane on google (if you found the podcast when you were searching for that Pat Kane…I once went to a Fife Flyers match).
We spoke about the the events of this week regarding the new independence referendum, how we are going to need to campaign, what new allies might come along to the party, what is likely to be against us and how we can fight it.
Glasgow City Chambers and the surrounding area has been cordoned off for reasons of public safety.
The drama began early this morning. After emerging victorious in the Council elections and winning control of Glasgow City Council, new SNP councillors entered the City Chambers and began to look at files previously unavailable to them relating to decisions and deals made by the city council over the last 60 years.
After the container which held the files was opened, a loud bang was heard, followed by otherwordly screams. Jim Murphy, 50, unemployed, was in George Square at the time and described the scene.
It was as if all the demons of hell* had been let loose and all the terrors of the past had come out to get us.
People fled the scene as cars swerved and there were collisions in the confusion.
As yet there is no footage from inside the City Chambers as the police are denying access, however, local artist Clip Part has provided a pair of sketches based on eyewitness accounts..
Faced with the complexities of it all, and so many possible ways that it could play itself out, it is easy to forget one or two of the potential outcomes of the Brexit situation.
One of them hit me tonight.
Before we get to the big one though, here are some of the policies a group within the conservative party pushed for in 2013…
Control of Offshore Wind Turbines – Bill to restrict the height, number, location and subsidies of wind turbines situated offshore within 20 miles of the coast.
Legislation to abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change
Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) – Bill to make provision to restrict the entitlement of non-UK Citizens from the European Union and the European Economic Area to taxpayer-funded benefits.
Privatise the BBC
Withdrawal from the European Convention of Human Rights
Wind Farm Subsidies (Abolition) – Bill to make provision for the cessation of subsidies for the development of wind farms.
Leave the EU
These suggestions were made by a group of 40 Tory MPs in 2013, and they had 40 of them in total. The pretendy-left magazine The New Statesman, described it as “beyond satire”, however, I think you’ll have noticed that a number of them have already come to pass and plenty more are on the way.
So they are having some success it would seem, and if you read them all, you’ll see that there are more than those I listed above that are already here or on the way.
The one I am saving for last however, is one that, now that they are going to get their wish that the UK leaves the EU, will not have anything to block it.
10) Capital Punishment – Bill to allow for capital punishment for certain offences.
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.