The Guardian has published an article written by John Harris entitled “Coronavirus crisis hastens UK dismantling”!
The writer believes that Britain’s exit from the European Union and the spread of the Coronavirus have sparked new calls for the independence of Scotland, and that this may be an already lost battle for the British government.
While most countries vary in terms of the divisions and tensions they were experiencing before the spread of the virus, all of them are now accelerating to the political front, including race, class, gender, poverty, wealth and internal divisions, which makes attention to them perhaps the most important requirement.
According to the article, one of the key issues is resounding: the fate of the UK itself.
Britain’s exit from the European Union and the Coronavirus epidemic are pushing the kingdom and its regions in strikingly different directions.
It is clear that nothing highlights the precarious and dispersed national situation better than the politics of Scotland.
Although one always hesitates before claiming that opinion polls merely represent historical shifts, in the past few months a number of polls have concluded that those who support Scottish independence are up 50 percent, if we put the hesitant aside.
According to a Panelbase poll conducted last week, the numbers in favor of secession compared to the opposition were 55 to 45 respectively, which is a neat reflection of the outcome of the 2014 referendum, and another excuse for the stories that will be told about the political shock waves that are now supposed to spread from Edinburgh to London.
The superficial interpretation of these surveys is clear, says the writer.
A Conservative Party member told him last week that the Prime Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, had succeeded in creating a contradiction between her government’s “cautious and societal” approach to the Coronavirus and the idea that the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s administration, was “chaotic and affected by market fluctuations”.
Britain’s exit from the European Union is also pivotal to what is happening.
The Scots who voted – and are still voting – in support of the union six years ago, decided that independence is now the best option, according to opinion polls.
This comes despite the Johnson government insisting that it will not support another referendum on independence, and certainly not during the current parliament.
The writer believes that the current situation indicates one direction, which is that matters are towards a possible historical confrontation, and that the divisions that opened decisively in 2014 have become irreversible.
A recent poll of voting intentions showed that 57% of voters plan to support Sturjen and her party in the Scottish Parliament elections, which will be held in May 2021, and that the Scottish National Party is poised to win an outright majority.
The writer confirms that a high-ranking conservative minister told him last week that the conservatives recognize the seriousness and urgency of the current situation, and that they have determined what they might try to do next year.
Even if the Scottish National Party wins an overwhelming majority, the recession and the ongoing pandemic may give the government a breather for some time, if the debate over independence continues for two or three years.
According to the source, tensions over Brexit may have subsided by then, along with the idea of an independent Scotland.
The article concludes by stating that no matter how much Conservative party votes try to portray independence as a satanic plot hatched by the Scottish National Party, they and their party have played a major role in weakening the UK, and they are still doing so.