THE Donside by-election that UKIP fought will be remembered as the first of many positive moments for UKIP between now and Union Day on 18th September 2014. That is the day the separation referendum will be defeated and for the first time Scots will have chosen directly to retain the British union.
This popular endorsement of the union is extremely important to UKIP and crippling too for the Nationalists, for it strikes deep into our heritage as Scots and as Brits. Ever since the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320, sovereignty has been deemed by many Scots to rest with the people, not the monarch or parliament and it was a popular referendum that gave Scotland devolution in 1997.
Scots have never voted for a separatist majority to represent Scotland in Westminster in over 300 years and now another popular referendum will confirm what we all know: Scots are unionist – but the result of the referendum will be as humbling for the Westminster elite as for the Nationalists. It is a damning indictment of how out of touch these old parties are that after so many years of emigration from Scotland still one third of our people wish to leave a UK they have no faith in.
It is difficult now to realise there was once a party in Scotland that believed in grammar schools, low tax and a Scottish-British identity; that could stand as much for the working classes in Glasgow as it could for the professional classes in Edinburgh and the traditional, social conservatives in our highlands. That party embraced the Commonwealth and rejected socialism for what it is; an unwelcome, foreign ideology that works against the principles of Scotland’s society.
It described its opponents in the Labour movement as socialists and rightly rejected the idea that the Left represented the real interests of hard working families. At local government level it actively encouraged members to be independent thinkers to oppose socialist bureaucracy and this led to a popular movement that kept decision making close to the people
The Unionist Party represented much of Glasgow when she was the port and engine of the Empire and Scotland had a centre right party that embraced Britain while refuting simply being an extension of a London-based metropolitan party. To this day it is the only party to have obtained an absolute majority of Scottish MPs in Westminster.
The Tories in Scotland are a zombie party: by separating and endorsing ever greater power to socialists of many strains in Holyrood they have abandoned unionism in its true form and retired to capturing those few stray votes that the SNP, even under Salmond, cannot capture.
A common rule of thumb is that companies that lose 90 per cent of their stock go bust 90 per cent of the time. This is true of the Tories who now only hold one Westminster seat and even that will soon fall. They have wished themselves out of existence by relying on a dead cat bounce strategy; believing that by being the least worst option for some a small clique can hold on to a few list seats. How pathetic and very sad this state of affairs is.
There has been much talk of a new Scottish centre right party for decades now. Fine words butter no kippers, so it’s time that UKIP led the charge afresh: we cannot have unionism in our land until it is present across the whole of the UK. The party of England’s shires and northern towns must become Scotland’s unionist party too for there is no other champion of those who aspire and desire the right for more.
We are a one nation party of the individual and for small businesses. We believe in the small state, low tax, libertarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. UKIP is the party of Hume and Smith, and Burke and Paine – making it as much at home on the banks of the Tyne and the Tay as on the banks of the Bann and the Thames.
UKIP believes in the family while socialists in Holyrood threaten a social worker for every child. Their economic policy is deeply and dangerously flawed and their praise of the EU is mindboggling to anyone who belives in an independent state, either the UK or Scotland alone. We cannot create a wealthy society by driving one parent families, and our own parents, into fuel poverty while sending so many manufacturing jobs to the Far East.
UKIP can stop the surrender of justice to foreign courts and bring this socialised Police Scotland back under the control of communities. It was Rabbie Burns who wrote that only by British hands shall British wrongs be righted and he was right, for our legal system of sound judgments and common sense is alien to the haughty Gaul that threatens us now as it did in Burn’s own time.
The separatists and socialists protest against our very presence in Scotland, but already they do so from the past. The strategy of tension between Westminster and Holyrood is as dishonest as that between the worker and the employer or between one accent and another. The promise of unity through a common foe is one that is obliged to perpetuate animosity and places a premium on nurturing it.
Next year in Glasgow Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games. There is no more perfect symbol of both our heritage and our future; embracing the ideals of mutual respect and kinship with none of the coercion of the past. The Games will show just how much in common we all have and how equally important we are, because of our differences and not despite them.
Be British still to Britain true because we are one nation that has rejected every constraint placed upon it to become to the most successful union that will ever be seen. The Tories are seeking solace in England now as they have done in Scotland for decades. Nostalgia alone will not rekindle British unionism: the Scottish Tories are in terminal decline and only UKIP can carry the banner of that once great Unionist party forward.