On Why the Scottish Celts Abandoned Labour

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English imperialism, that is the racialised ideology that lies at the core of Toryism, has made life a misery for the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, using rape, pillage, enslavement, theft and ethnic cleansing as the primary means for the English’ ruling classes to control the so-called ‘Celtic Fringe’. The Celtic peoples live in Cornwall (today forming part of south-west England), Wales, Ireland and Scotland (with some descendants of Cornish Celts living in Brittany, France). Once, these people comprised the entire indigenous population of the UK, prior to the invasion of the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons, Danes, and Norman (Viking) French, all of which carved-out a distinctive ‘English’ identity that was separate and distinct from that of Celtic Britain. As a result, the Celts (and Picts in Scotland), were driven to the extremities of the British Isles, and their ancestral lands formerly located in central Britain, colonised by these ‘new’ and ‘incoming’ peoples. The ‘English’ attitude toward the Celts was one of racial distinction, exclusion and the assumption of cultural and linguistic inferiority. Indeed, this form of racism is the very defining aspect of contemporary Tory thinking about the peoples of the Celtic Fringe. Celts are treated with indifference and disinterest, coupled with notions of ‘untrustworthiness’ and ‘laziness’, etc. Given the historical reality of the English oppression toward the Celtic Fringe, why did a certain proportion of the Scottish population turn their backs on the Labour Party (the party that has always recognised the importance and significance of Celtic culture), and embrace Toryism (essentially the ‘rejection’ of Celtic culture)?

Cornwall, of course, is an impoverished rural area of the south-west UK, that is treated as a playground by the English middle classes, who run all the Local Councils and influence the continuous re-election of Tory MPs throughout the area. The ordinary Cornish Working Class live en mass upon dilapidated Council Estates (neglected for decades by successive governments), in an extremely impoverished set of circumstances which are artificially held in place by the middle classes that control the area. A report about three years ago, suggested that five year old Cornish children were going to school for the first time still wearing nappies, and unable to say their own names! This is what Toryism does to the Celtic people of Cornwall, who have had to also suffer the wide-ranging cuts to the NHS and Welfare State, to a degree not experienced by the other Celtic parts of the UK.  This is because Cornwall is currently considered part of England, and it has been primarily ‘England’ that has been the target for privatising of the NHS and the dismantling of the Welfare State. Scotland, by way of contrast, (and to a certain extent Wales), being considered at least in principle ‘distinct’ countries (through the terms associated with ‘devolution’), have not been subject to the sudden and rapid privatisation of the NHS and Education, or the dismantling of Welfare, Elderly Care and Social Housing, In fact, Scotland very much retains the British Welfare State as it existed in the UK prior to 2010, with its young people still enjoying free education, and its population in general subject to a comprehensive Welfare System. Bearing this in mind, it is obvious why Scottish people were not interested in supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to re-instate the NHS and Welfare State in ‘England’, as the Scottish people themselves have yet to experience the same-kind of shock as that experienced by the English or the Cornish Celts. It must also be remembered that the Scottish Welfare System is still funded from Westminster, out of the pockets of the British tax-payer, despite the Scots acting as if they are financially independent. The fact remains that without ‘English’ tax-payers, the Scots could not afford their own Welfare bill. It might have been considered a foregone conclusion by all those Scots that voted ‘Tory’ recently that it was in their best interests to vote Labour, as Jeremy Corbyn would have been more open to retaining the Scottish Welfare System, with no comment made, but as matters stand, the Tories believe that as England is the centre of the British Welfare State (rightly or wrongly), it is only a matter of time before the entire system collapses on the periphery, if it is abolished throughout England. In other words, the Scots keeping their Welfare State is merely a short-term compromise to eventually abolishing it altogether (as the Scottish population itself could not generate the finance through taxation to support it). In-short, Scotland needs English tax-payers to retain their Welfare System, and the English need Scottish votes (for Labour) to oust the Tories from Westminster. At the moment, only the English are keep their end of the bargain, but for how much longer? By rejecting Labour, the Scots are putting their own economic and cultural security at risk.

In 1948, the only part of the British empire that the Labour Party extended the NHS and Welfare State to, was Northern Ireland. Virtually over-night poverty was alleviated and the lives of ordinary people vastly improved (this put an end to a lot violence at the time). In fact, to this day, despite all the Welfare cuts on the British Mainland, no significant cuts have been made in Northern Ireland. This is because the British Tory government knows that poverty leads to violence (as everyone starts fighting for dwindling resources), and so has not applied the privatisation cuts to Northern Ireland. For most people living in Northern Ireland, a guaranteed ‘minimum’ of a reasonable standard of living is assured through the NHS and Welfare System still existent in that part of Britain. It is no wonder then, that the rightwing (White Supremacist) terror group known as the ‘Democratic Unionist Party’ (DUP) has been quick to climb into bed with the ‘English’ Tories – as they both share exactly the same intolerant (homophobic) and racist ideology (which in Northern Ireland is aimed primarily at indigenous Catholics not of English colonial descent). Ironically, the DUP is now in a political position whereby it can assist the Tories finish the job of privatising the NHS and dismantling the Welfare State in England, whilst the Northern Irish continue to enjoy all the benefits such a Socialist system brings, albeit still at the expense of the ‘English’ tax-payer!

 

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