Developing a theme in my previous piece about the unrepresentative British trade union movement, it might be observed how silent prominent trade unionists have been about the consequences of the impending referendum in Scotland; you know, the one from which the people of England have been excluded without a peep from any of the major trade unions!
As with other spheres of public life, the British trade union and labour movement is dominated by Scots. Indeed, it is my opinion that an infiltrated British trade union movement has been instrumental in promoting Scots and Scottish interests in England.
It was clear to me from this morning’s [21st July] interview on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Today’ programme of Stewart Hosie MP (who merely resorted to mocking his opponents’ position), that the SNP has no monetary plan for Scotland that it can declare other than a shared currency union, which the British Government has thus far refused. When taxed with this question, all Hosie could assert was that it is “in the rest of the UK’s interests to have a shared currency”; but he was unable to suggest an alternative for an ‘independent Scotland’, not even a Scottish pound! I gained the firm impression that he was ‘whistling in the wind’, so to speak.
As ever, Scots want their (oat)cake and eat it! THEY want to continue to meddle in England’s affairs and no doubt they will rely upon their friends in the trace unions (where they are deeply embedded) to help them in variation of the theme “What’s your is mine, and what’s mine is my own!”.
Who would bet against British trade unions continuing to heavily subsidise trade unions in an independent Scotland? After all, it looks as though they’ll be in desperate need of friends.