Scotland The Brave

Music and the arts have been a staple of protest and their messages reach people much better than a spreadsheet. I’m delighted to have helped three Scottish National Party MP’s to sing “500 Miles” by The Proclaimers opposite Theresa May’s house in Downing Street the other day. Whilst I don’t want Scotland to leave the UK and nor do I want the UK to leave the EU, let’s try seeing the current state of affairs as it looks from Scotland and in 2019. First, check the SNP MP’s rockin’ out on Downing Street:

As far as I can see, Scotland’s choice if the UK leaves the EU will be:

A – Putting Scotland at the centre of its nearest and largest world market, whilst ALSO being able to trade with England as a full member of the EU.  It is indeed what Theresa May called the “having your cake and eat it too strategy”, except, in Scotland’s case, it would be true.

B – Joining what remains of the UK (probably England and possibly minus London, as recent events show) as “Little Britain” with a WTO style “deal or no deal”.

As such Nicola Sturgeon is quite right to look after the interests of the Scottish people by allowing them to have their say once the UK has revealed what kind of Brexit we are having (Red, White and Blue, Clean, Dirty, a “Brexity” kind of Brexit and so on … !! )

Critics also say that the Scottish referendum was a once in a lifetime affair and we cannot keep having them. Whilst I agree that the continual referenda are inconsistent with having a life and stable Government, on this occasion, Scotland’s vote in 2014 assumed that they would stay in the UK as a member of The EU. Our Brexit decision nullifies that position and Scotland mostly voted to stay in the EU so it is perfectly reasonable for Nicola Sturgeon to test the new decision.

The SNP MP’s, a dog and a random Viking, led by John McNally on the pavement opposite Mother Theresa’s house

Help Scotland defend itself from “Hard Boiled Brexit” – Click on the picture to help

Come on down to Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 – 9 pm to sing, chant, chat or just enjoy the frolics. Join the Facebook Group and find them on Twitter. Last week we had “Boris Johnson” singing Uptown Funk with a bunch of French students carrying a Breton flag. Strange things happen outside Theresa May’s House …

I must confess that I find it bizarre in the extreme that our elected MP’s felt compelled to reject a public vote on the naming of a Royal Navy ship as Boaty McBoatface, but compelled to accept an advisory referendum informed by gross lies on an issue of strategic importance to the country.  I think that they may seriously need some help in the area of strategy and decision-making …

Join us this Saturday on the StopBrexit March.  Tweet about it using the #StopBrexit hashtag and join our Tweetup this evening Tuesday 21 March from 6-9 pm via AcademyofRock using hashtags #Scotland #ScotlandinEurope #No10Vigil

Brexit Breaks Britain

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Peter Cook leads Human Dynamics, helping companies develop sensible strategies to give them sustainable leadership through OD / high-level Facilitation and Coaching. He also heads The Academy of Rock, offering keynotes and conference designs that blend business excellence with the power of music. Check his books out on Amazon:

 

 

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3 responses to “Scotland The Brave

  1. Peter – your post seems to assume Scotland would have a choice of staying in the EU – but as far as I am aware, the EU has made it clear this isn’t an option. So an independent Scotland would have to rejoin the EU, if it could meet the criteria, which seems highly unlikely. If it also chooses to leave the UK, it is then leaving a free trade grouping with the rest of the UK, which currently take far more of its exports than the EU does. I can’t really see the sense in this.

    I actually want Scotland to go independent because I’m fed up of subsidising them through the Barnet formula, but I don’t think it would benefit them economically.

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  2. “a Brexit firesale before the general public work out what’s really happening”

    Well the brave new world opportunities keep appearing

    Major issues for UK/EU flights eg https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/22/uk-based-airlines-told-to-move-to-europe-after-brexit-or-lose-major-routes and potential impact on Ryanair to US

    Bank moves https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-21/goldman-morgan-stanley-signal-london-job-moves-as-brexit-looms

    The costs of a parallel system for chemical manufacturers and suppliers – eghttps://chemicalwatch.com/54364/uk-mps-quiz-minister-on-post-brexit-reach-plans

    and more and more which will be addressed in the “Great Repeal Bill” – once Mayhem, David Davis and fellow conspirators work out what that means!

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