When David Starkey compares the SNP to the Nazi party because the saltire symbol and the swastika are both forms of "crooked cross" he is surely joking.
And for such an outstanding historian to compare the SNP's election success in May 2015 to the rise to power of the Nazis is also surprising. Surely Starkey is aware that the Nazis never won any election until after they came to power. Hitler was the leader of a minority party when he was made Chancellor by the aging and doddery Von Hindenburg. In the elections and plebiscites that followed in Germany and Austria, the Nazis only won by eliminating all opposition and controlling the media.
It is true that the SNP is a nationalist party - or "virulently nationalistic" as some would have it - and our "politically correct" establishment has decreed that English nationalism is bad, while Scottish and Welsh nationalism are good. But by calling the SNP fascist, Starkey is descending to the level of the left-wingers who use this sort of trite terminology to express disapproval of everything, even a bad cup of tea. Starkey is supposed to be an academic, a TV guru and national treasure. He should not be descending to the level of HopeNotHate, the smear campaigners who circulated undoubtedly false rumours and fake videos during the last election. To throw the word "fascist" around is making him sound like Lawrence Durnan of Political Scrapbook (a.k.a. Political Crapbook); he thinks he is a journalist but he is actually just a schoolboy lost in a wet dream of being a Biggles-type hero, forever fighting the dastardly enemy who is always a Nazi; they do battle in biplanes wearing ear-flaps. Starkey should not be stooping to that. He should not be using the same crude tactics as the likes of Maryam Namazie of CEMGB or our orthographically-challenged friend Mr Derek Crawford Munn.
Starkey says that the SNP blames the English for all the ills of Scotland. That is true, and of course they are adept at playing the victim card. What the SNP forgets is that the English tax-payer has subsidised Scotland to the tune of many billions per year for the past forty-five years. Enormous numbers of jobs have been moved north from England to Scotland to ensure the Scots continued to vote Labour. Now the SNP has taken Labour policies and made them fashionable again by giving them a Scottish flavour.
Sturgeon does not talk in terms of economic class, all that matters to her is whether you are Scottish. Are you kilty or not kilty?
When you look at the SNP's policies, they are the same twaddle that is on offer from Labour and the Greens - the idea that you can banish austerity by waving a magic wand. Sturgeon promises to find an extra £140 billion to spend on public services and welfare. She says £100 billion of it will materialise by scrapping Trident. That figure is the same one being bandied about by the Greens, and it comes from a wildly inaccurate set of calculations circulated seven years ago by CND. The Greens inflated it a bit more. It has been refuted countless times. Now while I have the greatest respect for Ms Sturgeon's sincere convictions on the subject of Trident, and nuclear weapons in general, she is mistaken if she thinks that to abolish Trident would suddenly make us all rich overnight. In fact, a viable non-nuclear defence policy would cost us far more.
Odder still, the SNP wants to stay in NATO and shelter under the nuclear umbrella of the Western nations, while professing to believe in disarmament. If nuclear deterrents are so immoral, so ineffectual and so unaffordable, isn't it a bit inconsistent to hide behind someone else's? Isn't that just a form of meanness?
The SNP wants to lower the voting age to 16, a policy they have taken from the LibDems, and for the same reason. The younger the voters, the more likely they are to be taken in by their party's naive policies and hollow promises. Votes for babies would suit them best of all.
The SNP is not a Nazi party, but it is a high-taxation party, more or less the old Labour party in kilts. Raising income tax, raising stamp duty for home owners, promising a crackdown on tax avoidance ...it could all have been photocopied from the Labour manifesto. The SNP promised they would never put the Tories into power and curiously enough it looks as if they have done just that. What they have achieved by robbing Labour of Scotland we will have to wait and see. Until then, I suggest David Starkey sticks to what he is good it, which is telling us about Tudor, Stuart and Georgian history. So long as he does that, I will always have time for him.
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