|….., the piper's son, |
Stole a pig, and away did run;
The pig was eat
And Tom was beat,
And Tom went crying
Down the street.
Tom Morton in today’s Guardian writes a disappointing piece; disappointing not because he argues for the continuation of the union but because the article is so poor.
I pick up on 3 points:
- references to the Balkans and fascism
- his comments on ‘civic nationalism’
- his loose language about the legitimacy of various governments
Balkans and Fascism
Tom, you know that there is nothing within the pro-independence campaign or within the SNP which is remotely close to the nationalism of the Balkans or to fascism. That you even raise this demeans you much, much more than those you intend to tar.
The pic above is the start of Morton’s few words on civic nationalism. He completes with,
See what you’ve done there, Tom. You say it’s wrong to set the Scottish border, any border even, as the break point for civic nationalism but then in the very next sentence you use the British border to define your civic nationalism.
Scottish border - wrong
British border - right
Is that not hypocritical, Tom? Or did you not notice the flaw?
You start by saying,
I can agree with you here but then you lose it. You question the legitimacy of the current Scottish government.
You question because the SNP has a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament but with less than 50% of the vote and then you question more by saying the turnout was 50%.
Tom, do you want to turn the clock back to the 1979 referendum’s 40% rule where those who didn’t vote were deemed to have voted ‘No’?
With that 45.4% and 44.0% of the Scottish vote (constituency and regional list) the SNP gained 53% of the seats whereas the Labour party (with 31% and 26%) gained 28% of the seats. [Source]
But let’s look at the Labour vote in Scotland in UK elections. I looked at all elections going back to 1970. The only occasion that the Labour party got more than 45.4% was in 1997 (with 45.7) but how closely did the number of seats reflect the votes cast. This doesn’t look good for your case, Tom!
|Year||%age Vote||%age Seats||%age|
Hey Tom, if you question the SNP’s legitimacy I’d expect you to damn these results which show gross over-representation of the Labour party.
Don’t be silly!
[highlighting is mine]
Huh! A blatant untruth!
You buried yourself there, Tom. A bit of honesty, just a wee bit of honesty, was needed but you couldn’t do it. When honesty is lost, credibility is lost too.
You’re not honest, Tom!
You’re not credible, Tom!
But then most of the No campaign would suit the same description.