The sun has got his hat on in Bavaria and the bright blue sky and the fresh clean air offer a stark contrast to the heavens above China’s major cities. Chilling out between jobs is the name of the game and that means there is no real desire to cognitively process anything before turning up for my next stint, which will be in London.
Still, the daily drivel is always there or thereabouts and an editorial in ‘the Guardian’ on constitutional reform for the United Kingdom was difficult to ignore. They just don’t get it, do they? Scottish nationalists are not really interested in retaining any ties to the rest of the UK, apart from those trade ties and good relations that you would want to have with your neighbour. All the more so as any constitutional arrangement that is meant to keep the union intact would hardly facilate one part of a new federation becoming a part of the European Union.
Therefore, what is on offer here? The Windsor mafia as some sort of unifying institution, daily doses of yesteryear drivel on the box and if you haven’t seen the latest re-run of the battle of the Somme, why don’t you watch episode five of the Battle of Britain …. oh and there will be the regular reminders of British ingenuity and Britain’s ability to come up with a creative workable federal solution, even when it is not working?
“The union, in short, is in danger of breaking apart in a fit of absence of mind”, we are told. No fits here old bean, and the question of identity, which is being asked loudly at least north of the border, finds its answer in the civic nationalism that is growing in Scotland. Moreover, with the latest “fit of absence of mind” in an England which has turned its back on its European identity, ….. well, some of us are actually ashamed to hold a British passport.