Can Ritchie really be pitching for an SNP peerage?

He might be you know:

Let me be clear, a desire for material well being is natural. But it is not without limit. Only advertising has created that belief.

Oddly that’s not entirely true. We do know that people do not try to maximise their material well being. They attempt to maximise their utility (this is definitional, whatever Ritchie’s protestations to the contrary). However, we’ve not actually, as yet at least, seen any limit to the level of material well being that people desire. Yes, utility implies that the material stuff isn’t everything: but we’ve not found any level of income or consumption where people say they don’t want more of that at all. Sure, perhaps greater wealth will be partially, then in greater proportion, consumed as leisure for example. But that peak materiality, if it even does exist, hasn’t been spotted yet.

But to the more fun part:

I reject that politics.

The fact that it has been the prevailing offering of all the major parties is precisely why, I think, most people deep down know that a great deal of politics – just like too much of the advertising nonsense that is thrown at them daily – does not relate to the world they live in.

We need a politics that speaks to the hopes of the whole person. Rather is the SNP is, like it or not.

That’s fairly naked, isn’t it? Given the election results the SNP will indeed have a handful or more of working peerages to sling about. And that’s a reasonably clear “Nicola, pick me! MEEEE! I will be your Glasman!”

He seems to have missed out that as he’s not a demented porridge wog he’s not going to get one: a couple of trips north of the border pre-election ain’t gonna wash away that original sin.

Yep, he is:

Maybe because I have never felt English (I have Irish and British passports) and maybe because I do genuinely think Scotland is entirely entitled to its view, and maybe because I greatly admire the energy in Scottish politics, and maybe because I do think Nicola Sturgeon an honest and capable politician, and maybe because I believe that the Union we have is based on equality, and maybe because I cannot discriminate on such bases as those I was with were doing I was saddened by last night.

19 thoughts on “Can Ritchie really be pitching for an SNP peerage?”

  1. Hilarious.

    Without a pause to wipe the Hodgeshit off the end of his nose, he makes a beeline for Nicola’s bum.

    I can see the lefty remake of “Zulu” already, the opening credits showing a black-faced Murphy riding toward the crest of a hill, shouting “Hulloder, fellahs!”.

  2. This is going to be fantastic.

    He’s made the mistake of thinking that Common Weal is the SNP, and not just a deluded bunch of SWP/SSP/Solidarity loons. He hasn’t realised that the SNP are single issue fanatics who will say anything to achieve their objective of independence. Social justice is the flavour of the month, so that’s the way the SNP are swinging.

    What’s going to be even better is that he’s going to be writing a series of blogs telling the SNP what to do and why they should follow his ideas.

    And we all know how much the Scots like being told what to do by fat, smug wealthy Englishmen.

    The mass ranks of the Demented Porridge Wog Army (Keyboard Division) will turn their guns on him. The small number of comments from the regulars here will be as nothing to the blitzkrieg of abuse he’s about to experience. And again, we all know how well Ritchie takes criticism.

    Norfolk and Scotland could be at war within the month.

    I can’t wait. It’s going to be spectacular.

  3. bloke (not) in spain

    Oh gawd, chaps. it was only a bit of trolling. Honestly. Never meant to set him off. 🙁

  4. GlenDorran,

    People have no idea how intolerable living in Scotland will be for anyone English. If you look at some of the way people have been split over the referendum – families split, thuggery against people, the abuse sent to JK Rowling yesterday on Twitter.

    During the referendum, when the polling looked a bit shaky, a friend of mine at a financial organisation was told to drop everything and write an exit strategy for Scotland. How fast could they get all the functions out of Scotland and working somewhere else in England. Identify any risks to this not happening. As it turned out, it could all be done in a year. A few concerns about some specialists and whether they’d move, but they still thought they could function.

  5. The Stigler:

    Yes, absolutely. My organisation had similar plans in place. I’m sure they are getting reviewed as we speak.

    Despite all the talk of “civic nationalism” Salmond and Sturgeon have stirred up the seam of seething hatred in a significant part of the Scottish population.

    It’s not just the English who need to worry. Anyone who voted No, or indeed didn’t vote SNP, are being roundly condemned as traitors, quislings and worse. The identification of the SNP as Scotland is almost complete in their minds. No criticism or dissent is tolerated.

    At the moment it’s being confined to the web and a few nutters in the street, but a few more years of agitation and businesses will stop investing here.

    I wonder if we can study history to find any examples of flag-waving nationalists denouncing others?

  6. Who are the real losers of this election?

    The English. Who voted for a Tory landslide (41% of the vote, 105 majority) and instead got a slim Tory majority which could be scuppered by a bunch of backbench Ukip defections.

    (in other news it appears that Seamus O’Leary is back on the the-work-for-tax-justice-will-go-on thread)

  7. @ abacab – I don’t think that’s fair.

    The English voted for a Tory government – they’ve got one.
    The Welsh voted for a Labour government (ish) and they haven’t got one.
    The Scots voted for an SNP (+Lab) government, and they haven’t got one.

    In addition, not all the English Tory voters wanted a Tory landslide. I’m quite happy with the outcome – Dave has just enough of a majority to govern, but not enough to ignore any of his (far more sensible than him) backbenchers.

    Thus for instance, we will get an EU referendum, and Dave is going to HAVE to get major concessions (e.g. probably boarder control, repeal of the social chapter) or campaign for out – his party won’t give him any other options.

    Had there been a Tory majority of 100, he would have had enough wets to give him a lot more wiggle room.

  8. Sebastian Weetabix

    In 1918 Sinn Fein got 47% of the votes in Ireland and took 61 out of 67 seats. Worked out well, didn’t it?

    I hope my more demented compatriots are prepared for an instant £8bn deficit and 20% pay cuts for the public sector in the event of full fiscal autonomy.

  9. “probably boarder control”: people really must stop banging on about his being an Etonian.

  10. bloke (not) in spain

    @abacab
    ” The English. Who voted for a Tory landslide (41% of the vote, 105 majority) and instead got a slim Tory majority which could be scuppered by a bunch of backbench Ukip defections.”

    Bollocks. Go look at UKIP performance in the locals.What got the Tories in was sufficient UKIP voters were sufficiently frit of the Ed Menace to peel off & safety vote. Otherwise you’d be looking at UKIP, having got above the point in FPTP, where they start collecting significant seats & spoiling Tory chances where they hadn’t, delivering a Labour government with FA mandate.
    A result a lot of us would have welcomed. War!

  11. BniS – I think you’re right.

    Actually, the most interesting stats so far are in this map: http://worldwide.espacenet.com/espacenetDocument.pdf?flavour=plainPage&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=19880429&CC=CH&NR=665101A5&KC=A5&pageNumber=1&

    UKIP came 2nd in 125 seats! Flick the map back and forth between winner and 2nd, and there’s a large number of Lab seats with UKIP in 2nd place. If Lab lurches to the left (which I wholeheartedly hope they will), could be very interesting next time around if UKIP can keep momentum.

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I’m half Scottish/half-English, and I really rather like the UK. But an increasingly large bit of me would not be unhappy to see the Nats get what they want (if, and only if, it were made clear that this was genuine independence i.e. no cross-border transfer of money, no influence on rest-of-UK economic policy, no Scottish peers in the Lords etc.). They’d be buggered. Declining oil revenues and tins of shortbread with pictures of Edinburgh Castle on them are not the foundation of a modern economy.

    Can you imagine how gutted Murphy must have been when he realised he wasn’t going to be made Lord Courageous of Taxjustice? He’s such a ghastly throne-sniffer it must be unbearable. He’s just the sort of bloke to have bought some second-hand ermine robes off eBay so he could practice wearing them in front of a full-length mirror.

  13. I saw an old friend at Christmas, a Scot: he thought that the misbehaviour of the SNP in the referendum campaign was vile, so much so that he had decided to retire to England. I imagine that he might now accelerate that, and move to England before retirement.

  14. Glen

    The comments have exploded – and I have to say I have been chuckling at the sheer despair and horror of his largely buffoonish followers bemoaning the fact ‘the progressive majority’ weren’t able to get their deserved victory. Mark Crown ‘moved to tears’ by Murphy’s praise for him, Andrew Dickie contemplating the likelihood ‘Neoliberal’ Britain will outlast him, Carol Wilcox confirming she’ll join a party that openly supported mass murder on class grounds, Howard Reed bemoaning the fact that everyone who disagrees with him is a ‘neoliberal’, on the ‘Hard Right and the influence of such people was the key reasons for Labour’s defeat and, of course, Ivan Horrocks once again proving his nostradmus like qualities by anticipating a return to the middle ages by 2020. Truly a ‘breakfast feast’ of idiocy!

  15. Glen/abacab

    Would also welcome yours (and Tim’s) views on the return of the notorious Venn diagrams in one of this morning’s post – this one is ripe for a good fisking as he has signed his name to it – thus inadvertently implying his political views lie outside the realms of Left and Right and are in fact, on another planet entirely – a classic!

  16. I think we need Steve here. We need his naming of the Greens and PC to go along with “demented porridge wogs” so that we’ve got the trifecta that Labour should be more like.

  17. Peter MacFarlane

    “Rather is the SNP is [sic], like it or not.”

    Wrong. Much of the SNP appeal lies in promising free everything for everybody, which would be the normal state of affairs if it weren’t for those dreadful Tories who keep insisting that things have to be paid for, or some such nonsense.

    Vote for us and everyone will have a pony – roughly.

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