Ministerial Speech (1)

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Speech by Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael

Secretary of State for Scotland



Ladies and gentlemen,

I want to talk to you today about an unattractive and divisive habit which is appearing increasingly in today’s Scotland. It is the creeping involvement of politics in our national debate. I know how many of you are fed up with politics and I am too. An honest debate about who should govern Scotland and what the purpose of government should be, is no place for naked politicking. Therefore I am avoiding politics altogether in speaking to you today.

Our opponents, ever opportunistic, keep saying that deciding how the country should be governed is somehow connected to the squalid and self-regarding world of politics. I can assure you, ladies and gentlemen, it isn’t. Not as far as I am concerned. What could be further from politics with its manipulation of power and choices than a discussion about the natural order of Britain, our country? We know that our country is ruled by a hereditary monarch who overseas a parliament run by public schoolboys and supported by an unelected chamber with votes for clergymen, like Iran, and in which we all do as we are told to enhance the standard of living of a self-selecting elite. Is there politics in that? Can you detect any debate worth having about our great country which should include the nefarious and venal business of politics? Of course not.

But listen to the Nationalists and the other Socialists behind them. They want to bring our great British system down to their level with their politics. I will have none of it. When I said the Union won the reprieve of Grangemouth, it wasn’t politics. It was the honest truth. When I said to Portsmouth that they would build warships if the Scots voted yes, that wasn’t politics. That was the unvarnished truth. (Can somebody find the quote from Hammond!!).

Now I hear that if you don’t believe your country is worthy of its independence, you’re somehow less of a Scot. That, ladies and gentlemen, is politics. Count the number of true national heroes in history and ask how many of them wanted their country’s independence. Ghandi. Mandela. Garibaldi. Devolutionists all…they said No to independence and fought, like Castro, for their countries to be run by London or by centres elsewhere where they had but token representation, if any at all.  Now that is the mark of greatness – sacrificing your national identity, your history, your own people – on the altar of your own self-interest. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the Lib Dem way…to prattle about democracy, self government and federalism and then, when the time comes, to surrender and grovel for the coveted place on the red leather benches. That is the British way.

I like a dram. Yes, I admit it. That means I am, like Wallace and Katie Morag, a true and proud Scot. I will not be told that I am less than the living embodiment of old Scotia. I have a tartan travelling rug in the boot of the Mondeo. That’s the kind of true Scot I am. But when it comes to standing up for the nation of Scotland or the Nation of Great Britain, then I am a proud Scot who believes in Britain. It couldn’t be clearer. Could it? Scotland First…until up against Britain…then Britain First.  Keep the politics out of it. God Save the Queen.


10 thoughts on “Ministerial Speech (1)

  1. Bang on.
    It is my considered opinion, based on all the evidence to date, that the new Governor General Scotland has been given is a complete numpty.

  2. I’m not sure the Scotsman’s photo editor got the e-mail outlining the paper’s party line on depicting indyref politicians, as they struggled to find something that conveyed the importance of this non-story. Proud-Scottery at its quiet news day filling best…

  3. Oh I do hope Carmichael gets a read of this and squirms in embarrassment.

  4. norrie,

    I hope Carmichael reads this and then resigns in embarrassment!

    Highly unlikely he’ll give up his salary and privelages regardless of how embarrassed he might be.

    Damn, he’s a LibDem, isn’t he? He will not be even slightly embarrassed by this. Their scruples went right out the window when they got a sniff of power.

    We’ll probably just have to wait until September 2014 to be rid if the tory lapdog.

  5. They just don’t listen to themselves do they? ………eejits.

  6. “who overseas a parliament ” Typo – you meant ‘oversees’. But I wish they were overseas.

  7. I hope that our doughty Secretary of State will do his duty and rid the Cabinet agenda of this nefarious politics nonsense, and concentrate on the real priorities of Westminster – Business, particularly in London

    [I nominate that he forever be referred to as Katie Morag! He is an islander after all.]

  8. Yes Well nothing new there 😦 totally on the button despicable people

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