Although April fool’s day has passed, we should remember that we are still surrounded by fools.
The SNP Government want to stick their noses in the Spain and Catalonia dispute, many people in Catalonia want to break away from Spain altogether and form their own country.
I seriously doubt this would be in the long term interests of Spain or the people of Catalonia, and I also doubt that anyone in the internal community of the EU will back this separation. Catalonia is by en-large a wealthy part of Spain, people there believe they contribute too much to the rest of Spain in taxes. I don’t have the figures to hand but a country is much more than just money. Spain has had a bloody history, some people remember the Spanish civil war in the 1930’s, a terrible time in the history of that country.
Many people died.
Catalan nationalists had done well in recently elections mirroring what the SNP did against the Scottish Labour Party, in both countries people wanted change, meaningful change, they felt they couldn’t get it with the people representing them so they took the chance on backing the Nationalists.
In Scotland, the Nationalists act like a party of opposition refusing to use the powers they have in government and blaming Westminster for their failures. Also in Scotland, we have a divided society, a society of ‘Us and Them’, a society were hatred flourishes.
This is what the legacy of Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon is… pure hatred of anyone who opposes the Nationalists. Now, the SNP wants to offer to mediate between Spain and Catalonia to help ‘solve’ the constitutional crisis. Scottish Nationalists have already aligned themselves to Catalonia nationalists so it is doubtful that the Spanish would entertain them, and also foreign affairs are a reserved issue to Westminster.
The SNP has no business trying to interfere in the domestic political situation in Spain, and I fully expect them to be rebuffed, and receive no help from the British Foreign Office. Although some saw the election in Spain as a proxy referendum on independence, it wasn’t, in much the same way that Westminster 2015 wasn’t a proxy referendum either.
If the Catalonia Government was to go down the road of a Scottish-style vote it would be illegal, and lead to possible violence. The government in Barcelona maybe on a collision course with Madrid but do they want civil war?
This is the question because all others are meaningless.
SNP Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop who is up to her neck in scandal from the T in the Park mess wants to "mediate and assist both the Spanish and Catalan governments", presumably she will do this along with Humza Yousaf who some people think is an outright idiot.
The Spanish Government of Conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will not be swayed by any SNP offer, and is pretty much laid his cards out on the table, rejection any democratic vote in Catalonia from an illegal referendum.
Spain's Constitutional Court vetoed a putative referendum last year and that stands as is.
"We congratulate those who have been successful in the Catalan elections. What happens next is a matter for the people and the Governments of Catalonia and Spain. The constitutional arrangements in Scotland and the UK which paved the way for last year’s legally binding independence referendum, and a vibrant constitutional debate, were part of a process agreed by both the Scottish and UK Governments. The constitutional arrangements in Scotland and the UK are clearly different to those of Spain and Catalonia but should we be invited we stand ready to share our experiences with Spain and Catalonia."
Will Hyslop tell the Spanish Government of the hatred that the Nationalists whipped up; will they tell of the intimidation, the bullying, the harassment and the criminality of the Yes side?
Can you imagine two idiots like Fiona Hyslop and Humza Yousaf using their phoney made up titles trying to pass themselves off as worthy to be on the international stage, the UN, they certainly aren’t.
It maybe that that Europe is heading towards civil unrest and civil war down the line, but the last thing we need is the small minded Scottish Nationalist ‘wisdom’ cluttering the place up. Fiona Hyslop has already exhibited bad judgment in T in the Park; she was formerly removed as Education Secretary by Alex Salmond.
We would be better trying to find two tubes on a work experience programme and send them instead.
It would be cheaper.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University