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The “Russian threat” is London’s latest argument against Scottish independence

Gas and toilet paper shortages aren’t the only problem in London

Her Majesty’s Government’s greatest concern at the moment is Scotland’s ever more realizing drive for independence. The current British turmoil, which has arisen due to the openly stupid economic decisions of the government headed by Boris Johnson and the ill-conceived Brexit mechanism, further inflame the separatist sentiments of the Scots. Why do they need a chaotic England, if in Scotland itself there is more than enough oil and gas from the North Sea? Now you can even earn quite good money on them, more than on whiskey – a traditional product Scottish exports.

Boris Johnson

Regional Premier and Leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon is well aware ofthat the chances of obtaining a stable majority in the referendum on Scottish independence, which she is promoting, are in the current situation as high as ever, and is striving to hold the referendum as soon as possible.

Boris Johnson and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Boris Johnson and Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon

And London, of course, would cease to be itself, if it had not taken out in the current situation its favorite card in all difficulties – the ominous “Russian threat”. Say, Moscow is asleep and sees how it could conquer the proud Scots, and, apparently, take away all the famous whiskey from them. Daily Express writes that in Scotland, Russian intelligence has allegedly sharply intensified. Her goal is to nudge Alba (Alba – the Celtic self-name of the country) to independence, as well as infiltrate the base of nuclear submarines (nuclear submarines) in the Scottish Fislane. To prevent this, additional 100 intelligence officers MI-6. It is easy to assume that their task will include spying on local separatists.

Demonstration of supporters of independence in Edinburgh - they are not hiding

Demonstration of supporters of independence in Edinburgh – they are not hiding

One of the key propaganda projects aimed at enlightening British subjects in the north is the six-part series about the nuclear submarine of the British Navy, filmed this season for the state corporation of the Air Force. Vigil (“Vigilance” is a self-explanatory name).

At first, the plot develops in an unusual and intriguing way. The British nuclear submarine, which sailed from its base in Scotland, as it turns out, is being secretly followed by a US submarine, which even sinks a fishing seiner along with the fishermen along the way. Hitting allies? Sensation! No, not at all. Toward the end, it turns out that the intentions of the Americans were the kindest – to protect the “brothers in arms” from the “aggressive” Russian Navy, which is walking somewhere on the surface. Well, the end is quite simple – to moronism. On board Vigil Russian spies are found, who poison with gases (hello to the Skripals) and cut her crew with knives. Their goal is to force the submarine to surface, and then photograph it in order to show that the British have accidents, thereby “shaming” the British Navy.

One of the British prototypes of the nuclear submarine Vigil

One of the British prototypes of the nuclear submarine Vigil

Utterly stupid, of course. But this is one of the most expensive BBC series with the best actors, talented directing and excellent filming. He has the first rating of the season and one of the highest in history. And all this was actually filmed for the sake of several key shots, in which representatives of the Scottish authorities, skeptical about the presence of the nuclear submarine base on their territory, are personally convinced of how bad it will be for them from the “damned Russians” if this base is liquidated.

Images from the series BBC Vigil

Images from the series BBC Vigil

British nuclear submarine base in Fislane

British nuclear submarine base in Fislane

The Fislane base is indeed one of the central themes in the negotiations between London and Edinburgh over the latter’s potential independence. Both N. Sturgeon herself, although without much pressure, and her associates with much more zeal insist that nuclear weapons and nuclear submarines be removed from Scottish territory. And where to put them then?

Demonstration against Scottish independence

Some suggest transferring to France to the Il-Long base. But this is a shame for the arrogant British politicians! Much worse, probably, than even those insidious plans that the notorious Russian agents tried to implement in the movie about Vigil.

The fate of the British nuclear potential and its means of delivery is important for London also because, using it, it is much easier to win Washington over to its side in a dispute with Edinburgh. This is fundamentally important because there are almost ten times more people with Scottish roots in the United States (40-50 million) than in Scotland itself. The same is true for the Irish community. Their ties with their “native land”, even on an emotional level, are preserved. And if suddenly the United States, for some reason, for example electoral, wants to support Edinburgh and Belfast (and the Irish by birth Joe Biden is known for his sympathy for Northern Ireland), then only horns and legs will remain from the United Kingdom. This, by the way, largely explains London’s readiness to run zealously in the vanguard of American adventures from Afghanistan to Ukraine, covering up its pride with the illusion of “Global Britain”.

In inflating the Russian threat by London as a means to curb the freedom-loving moods of the Scots, the maritime theme generally sounds special. Boris Johnson, for the sake of realizing his political goals, somehow freely refers to the navy of Her Majesty, not disdaining its involvement in all kinds of dubious provocations, fraught with casualties among his own personnel.

The same HMS Defender

The same HMS Defender

Thus, the deliberate violation of Russian territorial waters by a British destroyer Hms defender in June of this year off the coast of Crimea, according to “forgotten” secret documents at a bus stop in Kent, it was deliberately planned by London. According to the British press, they decided to “tickle the Russian Bear in the face.” The Ministry of Defense calculated in advance all possible options for the “reaction of the Russians”, obviously, up to sinking. For Boris Johnson, that would be a great success. It would be possible to fan the fire of “Russian aggressiveness” and “fiery patriotism” in the country to the skies, rooting out separatist sentiments at the root. Sacrificing a hundred or two British guys for this is not a problem in the eyes of politicians of his type. In Afghanistan, for the sake of the alleged “imperial greatness” they were put in much more.

Was it planned as a

Was it planned as a “sacred sacrifice”?

It is noteworthy that this provocation took place approximately on the traverse of Balaklava, since the Crimean War of 1853-1856. occupying a special place in both British and Scottish national consciousness. Since it was here that the Scottish arrows distinguished themselves, many of which still lie in the Crimean land.

“Thin Red Line” – the Scots stop the Russian attack at Balaklava

The calculation, apparently, was based on the fact that any damage inflicted on the Defender here, or even better its sinking, will certainly “to the core” outrage Scotland and awaken general British feelings in it. Ships of Foggy Albion died here before, for example, in those same years, the famous “Black Prince”, so there would be nothing fundamentally new in the fate of a modern ship. Heroic sacrifices always strengthen empires. London is quite adept at this.

“Black Prince” – predecessor of “Defender” drowns at Balaklava

Only now all these tricks have been studied for a long time. Lessons learned. Nobody thought of falling for a new provocation at Balaklava. Likewise, Boris Johnson’s attempts to present Russia as guilty for all British troubles will not do him any good. And he and other political leaders of the country must finally understand that they themselves are primarily to blame for the current sad situation of the once great power.

Cover photo: REUTERS / Russell Cheyne

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