In a gesture to the spiritual heirs of Bernard Shaw, H G Wells, and Sydney and Beatrice Webb* (admirers of Stalin and Soviet Russia), Gordon Brown appealed to the shared values of the nations of the United Kingdom in a speech to the Fabian Society. The society, founded by anti-semitic, "bourgeois manipulators" (to quote Wells about the Webbs), has always been the wellspring for the ideology of the Labour Party and clearly is Gordon Brown's spiritual home. Nevertheless the Scottish nationalists, avid for power, suggest that Mr Brown is
thinking only of his "self-interest as a prime minister designate".
Their leader, Alex Salmond, put it more bluntly:
"He cannot tolerate the idea of Scotland slipping out of Labour's control just at the point he wants to move into No 10".
The Scottish Nationalists of course have their hundred day plan for removing Scotland from the Union and, as I remarked before, New Labour grandees are getting a little perturbed, not to say shrill:
"It is very important to recognise that Britishness and Britain itself is not based on ethnicity and race," he said.
"It is founded on shared values that we hold in common: a commitment to liberty for all, a commitment to social responsibility shown by all, and a commitment to fairness to all."
There is, in fact, an enormous divide between the English and the Scots. The English alone would have voted in the Tories at the last election, are in favour of low taxes and a `smaller state' and are rabidly anti-EU. The Scots are...well, to put it simply, they' re the opposite at the moment. Gordon Brown's real `shared values' look very much to me like the shared values of Scotland and I'm sure he'll make them a very fine First Minister in due course.
*Some quotations from founders of the Fabian Society:
[Beatrice Webb] stated that "the love of profit as distinct from other forms of money-earning is the strongest impelling motive of the Jewish race," and that they were deficient in "social morality."
In a treatise entitled Industrial Democracy written by Beatrice and her husband, they refer to the Jews in England as "a constant influence for degradation."
George Bernard Shaw, meanwhile, characterized the Jews as "the real enemy, the invader from the East, the Druze, the ruffian, the oriental parasite, in a word the Jew" (Morning Post 13 December 1925).
In his book The Outline of History (1920) H. G. Wells stated: "The Jews looked for a special saviour, a messiah, who was to redeem mankind by the agreeable process of restoring the fabulous glories of David and Solomon, and bringing the whole world at last under the benevolent but firm Jewish heel."