Ex Mi5 David Shayler: Vote 'Yes' To Independence Scotland
A Unique Opportunity To End Debt Slavery
The Scottish independence referendum – which will take place this Thursday – represents a unique opportunity for the Scots people to throw off the intolerable City of London-controlled Westminster government.
At the same time, the result could act as an inspiration not just to the rest of the UK but to the rest of the world. For a 'Yes' vote will touch those people who are heartily fed up with being governed by the political class of professional politicians, journalists and lobbyists, no matter whether they are in the world.
So we are all affected by the issue of Scottish independence. But that is not the only reason why I think I'm qualified to comment on this nationalist issue. Unlike the commentators of the London press -- who've never managed to get much north of Watford – I lived in the land of 'hill and glen' for five years as I entered adulthood. I spent four years at Dundee University (ironically reading English) then a year in Leith running a small newspaper targeted at students.
Although incorporated into the administration of the United Kingdom, Scotland has separate different systems of law and education and different traditions. I first realised this on my arrival in the City of Jute, Jam and Journalism – or rather the Dandy and Beano – in 1984, when I found out that my basic university course was four years as opposed to three in England (and resulted in an MA, not a BA).
This is because the Scots have a far better education system, more closely resembling the French bacclaureat where sixth formers take a broad range of six or seven 'highers' rather than specialising in just three A-levels at the age of 17. This means that Scottish students have a wider education than their English counterparts. For me, it meant two years at university doing three subjects of equal weight – just like A-levels (but without the grinding hard work!).
When England and Wales later reformed their education system, giving the Westminster government control over developing children's minds under the 1984 Education Act and the national curriculum, the Scots maintained their separate system. As a result, the country has kept its already very high standards of learning, unlike England and Wales, which have seen standards plummet in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) league tables.
This education system – mercifully spared the trendy attitudes and prejudices of the London metropolitan elite-- is precisely the reason why the Scots have exerted such an enormous influence over all aspects of public life in Britain. The land of Rabbie Burns, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Andy Murray has also given the UK, its only graduate Prime Minister who didn't go to Oxford or Cambridge, Gordon Brown.
Scotland's status as a separate country is also reflected in its separate legal system from England and Wales renowned for its fifteen man juries and its verdict of 'not proven' in murder trials. ('Not proven' is a kind of halfway house between 'guilty' and 'not guilty', reached when a jury think an individual committed the crime but do not have the evidence to say so for certain).
Scotland has also maintained its separate status by using different bank notes, issued by the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank and the Clydesdale. Technically these notes are not legal tender anywhere in the world because the Bank of England was given the monopoly on producing banknotes in England and then – after the Act of Union which joined England and Scotland – Great Britain.
The fact that these banknotes are not technically legal tender hasn't of course stopped retailers from accepting them in Scotland (and in England, even if you do get a funny look and a joke like: 'It's still wet from the printers, mate'). The Scottish banks maintain this system by keeping an English banknote in the vaults for every Scottish note they issue. Crucially, this means they only use the note as an exchange token rather than expanding the money supply.
A majority of Scots have of course already democratically decided to go it alone (as many of them never tired of reminding me during my time there). In 1979, 51.6 per cent voted for an independent Scotland just five years earlier but had been denied the chance to go it alone because the rules of the referendum required that 40 per cent of the electorate vote 'yes'. The 51.6 per cent 'yes' vote only represented 32 per cent of the electorate.
And don't let anyone tell you can't go it alone, as happened last week when two opinion polls put the 'Yes' campaign in the lead, and gave Westminster, its masters in the central bank and its enslaved political class a collective nosebleed.
I do though believe the real powers-that-be would be prepared to let Scotland go it alone because that would mean an immediate reduction of the 41 Labour MPs who currently represent Scotland. This in turn would of course make a Labour majority at the next general election much less likely than it is now, as a result of the right wing vote being split between UKIP and the Tories – with the Libdems deservedly sent into single seats for their lies and duplicity.
Norway is not a vastly different size country to Scotland in terms of population and status. It is not a member of the EU. Yet it has used its North Sea oil and gas to build a sovereign wealth fund for its people. Technically every Norwegian is a £millionaire.
And this is massively important. The more national debt a country has to serve, the more it has to heed the diktats of its central bankers, who will only invest in other City scams rather than the genuine creation of wealth. Thu is why Britain is going to pot. Because bankers secretly set policies which benefit them at the expense of the people.
To put it bluntly, the Scottish taxpayer would no longer be responsible for the UK National Debt. Given that the Bank of England has crested £375billion of new debt in recent years – when it took from 1694 to 1997 for it to reach £350billion in the first place – meaning the UK is now around £2trillion in debt, you will see what a no-brainer a vote for independence is.
On this subject, Good Old Gideon Osborne has of course said the Scots can't have the pound, if they go it alone. So what? We now live in an age of virtual currency like Bitcoin and Dogecoin. An independent Scotland could adopt these stable currencies which cannot be subjected to quantitative easing – or printing more banknotes – so that its value falls apart.
Whether it is the US Federal government, the European Union or the Soviet Union, ever bigger government is ever remoter from the people it makes decisions on behalf of Big Government has proved not just to be an abject failure but a route to totalitarian policies, like torture, aggressive war and ever greater divisions of wealth and poverty.
The current referendum therefore represents a unique moment in not just Scottish history but the history of the people of the world. If the Scots throw off the yoke of their rulers in the City of London, then others will not be long following suit.
Within three years of Scotland becoming independent, I confidently predict that the good people of the North East of England, where I come from -- will have thrown off the influence of the out-of-touch and massively in debt southern puppet elite at Westminster. Then other's will follow. After all, the culture of the North East is much closer to that of Scotland than that of London and the Home Counties. As a youngster, I even read the Broons and Oor Wullie.
Like the Norwegians and the newly independent Scots, they will be rich beyond their wildest dreams and free of the iron fist which dictates policy. Given the stakes, the only thing that can stop this brave new world is if the elite were to fix the count. And they'd never do that, would they?