Saturday, 4 February 2017

Theresa May makes Sturgeon look petty and foolish


There is developing an extraordinary difference between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. It is impossible to imagine Nicola Sturgeon going to Washington and charming everyone she meets. While May has dignity, character, politeness and obvious intellect, Sturgeon simply doesn’t. May puts her points with force, but not with anger. She is subtle while Sturgeon has the subtlety of a Glasgow handshake. I can’t recall hearing Theresa May make an overt threat. I can’t recall hearing Nicola Sturgeon have a conversation that doesn’t involve a threat. I can’t remember Theresa May ever saying something that could be described as a grievance. She suggests the motto “Never complain, never explain”. The force is in what she doesn’t say. I can’t remember Sturgeon saying anything that didn’t involve a grievance. It’s always someone else’s fault (this is why she is mocked as Elsie).  She is incapable of taking responsibility for anything.

It must be tough for Sturgeon to see how Theresa May is doing so well. I don’t remember particularly rating May prior to her becoming Prime Minister. She was just another Tory minister who had not achieved particularly much as Home Secretary. She set out to limit immigration to the tens of thousands and then didn’t campaign for the only method which she knew would achieve that goal. I found her decision to back Remain, but then hardly campaign for it to be lacking in conviction. I would have chosen someone else to be Prime Minister.

But May has done much better than expected. Her speech when she became Prime Minister set the tone. Her defence of the UK was most welcome. Her answer to Nicola Sturgeon that the question of Scottish independence has been settled was perfect. She didn’t get angry with Sturgeon. She went up to Edinburgh and didn’t complain when she was made to sit in front of two Scottish flags. It was a matter of indifference to May, something trivial, while the fact that it was so obviously crucial to Sturgeon showed that the SNP leader was trivial, concerned more with appearance than substance.



During the EU referendum the Tory party was at war with itself, but May brought peace in a way that perhaps no-one else could have. The Brexiteers were given high ranking positions, the Cameroons were driven into the wilderness and Remain supporters like Philip Hammond and indeed May herself worked hard to make Brexit a reality.

While some Remain supporters fought a rear-guard battle to prevent us leaving the EU, May didn’t throw a tantrum à la Sturgeon. Instead she gradually made it happen. Now the rear-guard looks like noise, the sort of thing that is forgotten by history. There was a Supreme Court judgement the other week, but it no longer mattered.

Theresa May has turned out to be a lucky Prime Minister. Who could have guessed in June that Winston Churchill’s bust would be back in the Oval office? Who could have guessed that the President of the United States would actually like Britain and would offer us a trade deal? It looks very much as if Theresa May is able to do business with Trump. Her quiet manner works. She doesn’t set out to offend him. Rather she quietly fulfils her diplomatic mission.



Trump thought NATO was obsolete, but after a short conversation with Mrs May he is 100% in favour once more. Some European leaders ought to be grateful that a British Prime Minister has been so helpful with their security concerns. It may be that the UK can take on the role of go-between.

Could Nicola Sturgeon have achieved so much? Obviously not. What May has demonstrated is that the UK is respected in the world. We have allies. We have a role. Scottish nationalists naturally will be fuming about this. They universally hate the UK or at the very least dislike it. Why would you want to destroy something that you like?

What they forget is that our allies in the rest of the world would very much prefer that the UK continued. People in the whole of the UK must realise that our place in the world depends on our remaining united. There will be no “special relationship” if the UK ceases to exist. At present we punch above our weight because we have been doing so for centuries. Who would listen to a country that couldn’t even keep itself together? With our armed forces split and no place to moor our nuclear submarines why would we continue to merit a place on the UN Security Council? What would the UK even be called if Scotland left? It could hardly be called United.

English nationalists who owing to Sturgeon’s threats and petulance have become indifferent to the fate of the UK should think again. Scotland’s departure would damage you as well. No sensible country looks on the loss of a third of its territory as something to be welcomed. The Spanish don’t think like that, nor indeed do the Americans. It’s not serious.

The power that we have internationally, which itself gives us the influence which will enable us to trade freely, depends on our unity. This is the lesson from the three hundred and more years in which the United Kingdom has existed. You’d throw all that away because you are annoyed at having to listen to Sturgeon? That’s what she wants by the way? We stuck by Northern Ireland when it was threatened by those who hated Britain. We didn’t give up on Northern Ireland because we became sick of listening to Gerry Adams and friends. The same British grit is needed now. Sturgeon does not speak for Scotland. She speaks for her supporters and they are a minority. The majority of Scots just like the majority of people from Northern Ireland wish to remain British. We need the support of all British people. So please never do Nicola Strugeon’s job for her.



Theresa May has shown that we have a bright future together. It is obvious that Brexit is going to work. If dreadful things were going to happen to the economy they would already have happened. They didn’t.

We will need to adjust to find our new role in the world. We will need a leader to guide us on that path. Luckily we have found one. It would have seemed impossible a year ago, but Theresa May has a chance to reach greatness. If she can successfully negotiate a beneficial exit from the EU, if she can keep our country united and if she can establish us as a free trade society that is open to the world, her place in history will be assured. If we unite behind her she will succeed and so indeed will we all.


19 comments:

  1. Looks like you live in an alternative universe. Not surprising since your myopic vision for Scotland is to be tied to the apron strings of a union that is unequal and breaking apart. Good luck with trying to save the failing union , of course i don`t mean it , but its the only thing i can think of to try and give comfort to you lol.Theresa May has shown herself to be arrogant , ignorant , and totally devoid of any plan for Brexit. She is presiding over the break up of the UK because she doesn`t value Scotland`s so called equal status in the relationship. To totally ignore the Scottish Governments plan for Brexit shows exactly Theresa Mays opinion of Scotland itself , she doesn`t believe we should have a voice or an opinion. For you to support her shows that you are so far removed from supporting your country and wanting whats best for it. The UK is sinking with all hands on deck. As Boris Johnson said " Its a Titanic moment"

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    1. Feel better now? Anyway, err, the polls seem to suggest that Effie is right and you're wrong. When picking between two unions, the Scots pick the UK. But I hope the occasional venting in the comments section of a blog (so heroic) helps you cope with it.

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    2. "the Scottish Governments plan for Brexit"

      Foreign affairs is not a devolved competency, it is the role of the UK government to speak for all UK citizens in this regard.

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    3. What in reality is that plan for Brexit ? In detail what does the FM plan for Scottish fishermen , farmers the oil and financial industry's etc. The best I have heard when we talk of these industry's or the NHS the SNP tell us oh but it is worse in England, or they got shafted by the Tory's first ! Rather than fix the problem or tell us a different plan for the Scottish farmers and fishermen post Brexit.

      Looking back at the Scottish elections the Tory's are improving and that is becoming more rapid , look at Mr Swinney's constituency with a 12% swing to the Tory's and a much reduced majority, so a budget deal with the Greens was inevitable, as more seats would have been lost to the conservatives and for the first time in Government the Greens have forced the SNP to actually be truly progressive after 10 years of pretending to be so !

      Now all we need to work out who are the puppet's and who controls the strings ! Or will the friends of the SNP Ineos break up that Green / SNP love in ?

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    4. Robert, Scotland does not deserve any greater voice than any other grouping of 5 million people living anywhere else in the British Isles. Living to the north of an imaginary line does not give you any greater say UNLESS you are an independent state. Yet Scotland specifically rejected this in a referendum just recently. We therefore defer to the nationwide majority across the whole of the UK. This is what we voted for.

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    5. Come on Robert, they held hands. The deal is in the bag. We can trust Trump...

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  2. I would say that the referendum is over, it is unthinkable that the demagogues and oligarchs could give the Queen different advice to that of the UK people.
    Every Scot vote was valued the same as every English vote, there should be no Barnett formula for UK democracy where a Scottish vote is worth two or more English votes or that the Scots should be consulted twice and the English just once.
    It is sad that the judges have upheld the supremacy of the oligarchs creating more infighting between the oligarchs and their people, it is good that they didn't decide that the Scots should be consulted twice.
    Scotland needs to come to terms with reality and I don't hate the Scots, I hope they don't give us another Ireland, perhaps whoever is doing the indoctrinating should be dealt with so that young minds don't hate England for no reason at all.

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  3. Every educated thinking Scot would totally agree with you. Wee nippy is just blowing hot air to keep the sheep on board.

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  4. I thought this article very sensible NS is certainly in the 2nd div V's May.

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  5. Well said. It is the beginning of the end for Nicolarse Sturgeon.

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  6. Robert Knox just seems to be repeating everything Sturgeon says. seem like he has no fresh thought of his own. It would be refreshing to hear original thought. For me, we all took part in 24 months of heated debate and finally we decided NO, surely that's a fair result in a democracy? And if the answer had been YES would we have had the opportunity to call for a referendum on rejoining the union? If not why not? Peter Campbell (no account set up yet)

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    1. That is so true. Their mantra is keep going till democracy is on your side and then it's ok respect the result. What we need to remember is that we have all these SNP MP's, but that the majority of people voted for a unionist party. They don't speak for Scotland they toe the party line. Over 1 million Scots voted for Brexit of a 60% turnout and yet they have no MP fighting their corner it's a disgrace.

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  7. Good blog with the one exception "It is obvious that Brexit is going to work. If dreadful things were going to happen to the economy they would already have happened. They didn’t."

    Brexit hasn't happened, so rather premature to be claiming its been a success. Lets have the conversation about that in 20yrs shall we?

    About the only good thing of Brexit is it kills Indy stone dead.

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  8. It's true that brexit has not yet happened, however we know that it now will happen. Business knows. Captains of industry know. They also know that sovereignty will be prioritised over trade. They know this yet they continue to invest in our economy. Would you put money into something you seriously thought would be bust in a couple of years? Every time you hear the sep and remoaner lot whinging and predicting (hoping for) doom and gloom, just remind yourselves that the people who run our economy disagree.

    The potential trade deal with America is great news. A US-UK trade bloc would be the biggest free trading area in the world by GDP. And who knows - maybe in the fullness of time some other EU nations will break away to join it, realising that it offers them prosperity without the high cost of surrendering national sovereignty, as the EU demands.

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    1. There is no UK-US trade deal never mind tradebloc. It's fantasy. EU is already largest trading bloc in the world at 500M people with some of the highest GDP's in the world.

      The people running our ecomony know what they are doing....really ? How long have we been running emergency measure of effective negative interest rates ?

      You guys are smoking the Hopium.....

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    2. 445m - we're leaving ;-)

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