Keep your eyes on the prize


  By Mark McNaught

The furious imbroglios which have recently erupted in the independence debate certainly indicate one thing: Scots actually matter for once to Westminster and the foreign-owned and London-based media. Before, they could completely ignore and revile Scots, because they were completely irrelevant to them.

Now, they are plying their vile trade in Scotland by remote control from London. Don’t expect the ‘scandals’ and the ridiculing of Scottish national pride to let up before the referendum. Just tune them out, and keep on keeping on. No biggie.

It’s just the epileptic convulsions of Westminster and the unionist media facing the demise of the United Kingdom, that’s all. Did you expect the Daily Mail and the Telegraph to all of a sudden start practicing balanced journalism, or Westminster to reduce its squalor quotient? Duh.

The Telegraph cooked up ‘Lallygate’ à la Fox News, then the howitzer shills were blasted out by the unionist media. One E-mail from Salmond advisor Campbell Gunn to the Telegraph with an error over Clare Lally’s relatives becomes a media frenzy. The hysteria of the media reaction was matched only by the vapidity and malice towards Alex Salmond.

True slander by Alistair Darling, comparing Salmond to Kim Jong Il and agreeing ‘at heart’ he advocates ‘blood and soil nationalism’, with a pliant media excusing it even though the audio recordings shows the denials to be a complete lie.

Meanwhile the ‘Scotsman’ insults Scots further by calling Alex Salmond waving a Saltire at Wimbledon a ‘stunt’, and Gordon Brown stating that it made Scotland look ‘small’.

I am bewildered by the degree to which pride in being Scottish is so routinely belittled in the media. If you told an American that waving Old Glory was a ‘stunt’, and that expressing pride in a fellow countryman winning was ‘small’, he’d kick your ass from here to New Mexico.

Just try to get your head around all the insulting lies you have been told all your life. Scots are not supposed to be proud of their country or their rich history and contributions to humanity. They might realize they are perfectly capable of governing themselves, and do it much better than feudal Westminster ever will. In fact, a government chosen by Scots might even care about their people, instead of being poll-tax lab rats in a nuke park.  Can’t have that.

As an outside observer, I am seeing more clearly the propaganda machinations which underpin Scots’ unjustified lack of self-confidence. You’ve been fed lies and insults for decades through the fetid UK media, told you’re an alcoholic subsidy junkie who talks funny so must be stupid.

The mainstream media coverage of the independence referendum has been execrable, malicious, insulting, and vapid. Scots are on the cusp making history and becoming a free, sovereign, self-governing nation, and the media is having hissy fits over a Labour party activist whose status was mischaracterized.

There are 90 some days until the referendum. It is imperative that all believing in and supporting independence have faith that Scots will take the referendum seriously, and will ignore the psychopathic media frenzies. It is you who will be voting, not Fleet Street or Westminster. The true campaign is being carried out on the doorsteps, convincing Scots one by one to take their future into their own hands. The mainstream media is very loud satanic death metal background music.

The unionist media is beyond spooked because the lies they used to tell with no accountability are now being instantaneously debunked on social media. They hate that. Wings over Scotland, Newsnet Scotland, Bella Caledonia, BBC Scotlandshire, and other excellent online sites slitting them up a journalistic treat as they drift towards irrelevance and bankruptcy. Can’t be too soon.

Tune out the raucous satanic death metal of the ‘no’ campaign, and get down with some sweet funky independence tunes. Above all, stay positive and polite in convincing your friends to vote ‘yes’, and keep your eyes on the prize.

Think of what Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and other civil rights icons and everyday people risked and went through to get their freedom. Scots can collectively mark X on a ballot, and your destiny is in your hands.