As I’m writing this there’s a big Yes vote rally going in in Glasgow, against BBC bias (livestream here). I doubt if any of the mainstream media will cover this rally, just as they haven’t covered many other Yes vote gatherings, which all draw large crowds; unlike No vote rallys, where you’ll be lucky to find more than 20 people (this is one of the reasons why I think the Yes vote will win next Thursday). There’s been a barrage of pro-unionist propaganda from the media and politicians – even in Scotland itself, out of the 30 or so daily newspapers not one supports independence. It was much the same with the previous two referendums (which were about devolution, not full independence). The difference this time is that we now have social media on the internet, which paints a very different picture from that of the alternate reality known as the mainstream media.
Of course, what I’m getting at here is just how controlled and manipulated the UK media are by the Establishment. One obvious and glaring example of this was last year, when the Guardian started publishing the Snowden revelations. In the weeks and months that followed, the rest of the UK media did nor say a peep about any of it. Remember, it was being revealed that British citizens were under mass surveillance, all done illegally, and their computing devices were completely infiltrated by the security services. Welcome to police state Britain. The media did eventually start reporting it, but it was all very subdued. Likewise in the political arena, and to this day there’s been no real debate about it in Britain, outside of the pages of the Guardian newspaper (the unprecedented harrassment the Guardian has received, as a result of the Snowden revelations, is covered in this post).
The former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has an insider’s view of just how corrupt and immoral the British Establisment is. Murray lives in England, and today, on his blog, he said this:
I am heading for the train back to Scotland for the final, frenetic stretch of campaigning to achieve national independence. Rather strange feeling on leaving the house, because I know that if we succeed I shan’t be coming back here to live, but rather staying to help build the new Scotland, in however minor a way…
… I think the greatest achievement of the campaign has been that half the population of Scotland has awoken to the fact that the mainstream media, and the BBC in particular, pump out a stream of propaganda in collusion with the state and corporate interests, and that much of it is untrue.
If Scotland becomes independent next week, Murray won’t be the only one fleeing the totally corrupt right wing lunatic asylum that England has become (that we, the people, have allowed it to become). Many of those who understand the illusion of chocolate box England, peddled by lunatics like Nigel Farage, will head north of the border. If the propaganda doom and gloomers are proved wrong (which they will be: Scotland is the 12th richest country in the world, with more oil reserves than any other country in Europe), I can also envisage counties in northern England wanting to become part of Scotland (the north of England is largely neglected by the Westminster elite). If there’s a Yes vote next Thursday it really will be a seismic shift in the political make-up of the British Isles.
Here’s Craig Murray giving a speech last month, about both Westminster corruption and Scottish independence…