…sort of though to give him his due, he is trying. Very trying.
In a speech was in the words of Juliette Jowit of The Guardian supposed to “chime with a summer of celebrations in which people around the UK are celebrating under different national flags: the union flag for the jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics, and the cross of Saint George for Euro 2012”, Ed Milliband gave a keynote speech in which he said that if Scots vote for independence, they will not be British. Aw, bless.
I really wish that Ed – and indeed the editors of The Guardian – would read the comments that follow the article. English people are remarkably relaxed about the break-up of the political union of the UK. This shouldn’t surprise them because in a previous article published by The Guardian surveying people’s attitudes to Britain not only do a mere 19% of Scots define themselves as British but far fewer English people than I expected, in fact, just 52%.
Ed – to repeat – this is about the break-up of the political union of the UK. After Scottish independence, Scotland and England will still share a monarch and Scotland will still therefore be part of the UK. It’s United Kingdom, Ed not ‘United Parliaments’ which is why, following assurances from the SNP, HRH is remarkably relaxed about the whole referendum. You don’t need to be a politician to understand this.
On the issue of the political break-up, I would like to say that Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) performed a blinder on Question Time last night. With the BBC’s habit of planting unionist stooges in the audience, it’s rare to finish watching this program feeling that what should have been said has been said and Alan’s timing was immaculate. Right as the live program was drawing to a close, Alan not only landed a good ‘un on that numptie Melanie Phillips but then turned and asked Johann Lamont why with her social democratic beliefs was she siding with the Tories? Brilliant. See it again here: Question Time, 7th June 2012 at Inverness on iPlayer.