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Stop the Civil Service Being Used to Break Up Britain

February 5, 2019

 

Since the SNP took power in Scotland in 2007, the Civil Service in Scotland has been roped into doing its work. That's OK when it's just promoting the necessary day-to-day policies of the SNP administration.

 

But it is highly questionable, and controversial, when the Civil Service in Scotland, which is part of the wider British Civil Service, and which is paid for by people throughout the UK, is being used deliberately to promote separatism; when it is being used deliberately to find ways to break up the British State.

 

For example, the Civil Service was used to research the massive White Paper of November 2013 entitled Scotland's Future (which was also, quite prophetically, an anagram of "Fraudulent Costs") and which was available, for free, to anyone who wanted a copy prior to the 2014 Referendum.

 

To this day, the Civil Service in Scotland is still involved in promoting research into the deliberate destruction of the Union, on a regular basis (see the Telegraph article quoted in full below).

 

There is no way that we, as unionists, can compete with the entire money and power of the British State working against us!

 

Think about how absurd that is!

 

Here in Scotland, we have an arm of the British State – the Civil Service in Scotland – working effectively to promote the break up the British State, and promote the separation of Scotland from the United Kingdom.

 

That is crazy!

 

The fact that hundreds of civil servants in Scotland should be employed by the British Taxpayer to work out the best ways to break up Britain is a political farce that needs to end.

 

Now, some may say...

 

"But the Civil Service is often used to promote various policies that you or I may disagree with, so what's the difference here?"

Sure, depending upon your point of view, it may, arguably, promote policies which do not help the UK. But hitherto the coming of the SNP administration at Holyrood, it did not promote policies which are deliberately and openly intended to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom and break up Britain!

 

We are objecting to the Civil Service being used deliberately to destroy the UK itself. That is surely wrong. That is surely something in which the British Civil Service in Scotland should not be getting involved.

 

It is nothing less than taxpayer-funded separatism.

 

IT'S ALSO A RESERVED MATTER

Furthermore, the Civil Service should not even be getting involved legally in such "constitutional" matters in Scotland since "The Constitution" is reserved to Westminster, as per the Scotland Act 1998 (Schedule 5) including specifically "the Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England" (Para 1(b)).

 

SO WHY IS IT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN?

It may just be that there has been no government at Westminster with the determination and stamina to stop it. There has been no government which has the guts to say: "That is not legal! It is not appropriate for our Civil Servants to be engaged in such seditious work! And we're not allowing it!"

 

Or perhaps it is a consequence of some sort of twisted interpretation of the "Devolution Settlement" where it might be argued that such actions of the Civil Service were not specifically written down as reserved, therefore, they can now be considered to be devolved.

 

We don't know for sure. But if so, then that's another reason why the Devolution Settlement has to be changed so that everything is considered reserved, except that which is written down as devolved.

 

What we do know is that unionists cannot go into a second independence referendum with the combined forces of the Civil Service, paid for by the British Taxpayer, mounted against us (nor should we be facing it on a regular basis today)!

 

WHAT MUST HAPPEN NOW

a. It must be stated, as soon as possible, that the Civil Service will no longer be used to promote the separation of Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom, and that it will be considered seditious and illegal for it to do so.

b. If necessary a law must be instituted which declares that no arm of the Civil Service will be used to research or promote policy intended to separate Scotland from the United Kingdom and break up Britain.

c. If necessary, the UK Government in Scotland (the Scottish Office) must take full control again of those elements of the Civil Service which the SNP continues to abuse for its own ends.

 

Please consider bringing this matter to the attention of sympathetic MPs and MSPs.

 

FURTHER READING

The Daily Telegraph journalist Alan Cochrane summarised this matter in his article below.

 

(Article begins>

The Civil Servants Working to Break Up Britain

The Scottish Government is wrong to order them to work on policies aimed at Scotland's independence

Alan Cochrane, The Daily Telegraph, 26-10-18.

 

At the height of the EU disputes about who runs Britain, how incredible does it seem to the ordinary voter that teams of British civil servants are working to provide their political masters with the ways and means of dismembering Britain?

 

This is nothing whatsoever to do with the current Brexit debate. It is a process that was going on before the EU referendum result and has continued apace in the subsequent two-and-a-half years; in fact it has been going on, to a greater or lesser extent, ever since the Scottish National Party became the elected government of Scotland in 2007.

 

Their narrow majority back then did not give Alex Salmond pause and he told Scotland's civil servants: "We are the masters now."

 

He meant of course that his SNP, whose only policy has been the break-up of Britain, was now in charge, even if the 17,000 civil servants working for the devolved Scottish Government are all members of the British civil service and, theoretically, answer to Prime Minister Theresa May, whose onerous responsibilities include being Minister for the Civil Service.

 

However, the truth is vastly different. Scotland's civil servants have only one master, or now a mistress, in the shape of the First Minister of Scotland, initially Mr Salmond but, since 2014, Nicola Sturgeon.

 

And as a Freedom of Information request revealed this week, teams of those British civil servants have been working on detailed briefing papers, designed initially to facilitate another referendum on Scottish independence but leading ultimately to the end of Britain as we currently know it.

 

In an extremely guarded answer, which gave no details of the advice the officials had provided for their ministers, it was confirmed that many such papers had been prepared since the 2014 referendum on independence which resulted in a convincing majority for retaining the status quo and the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In fact 13 had been prepared in the last year.

 

Personally, I have always found it to be extraordinary that civil servants, many of whom had spent a lifetime working for successive British government, were now being asked – no, make that ordered – by their political masters to work in opposition to that British government. It placed many, but by no means all, civil servants working at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh and at the other outposts of the Scottish Government in an entirely invidious position.

 

Some didn't want to work for policies that were aimed at making Scotland independent; others were happy to do so.

 

But the hard and fast rule that civil servants give of their best, without fear or favour, for whatever government is in power was stuck to rigidly by those at the very top of the British civil service in Whitehall.

 

Gus, now Lord, O'Donnell, then the cabinet secretary, reinforced this view when he visited St Andrew's House during Alex Salmond's tenure as first minister.

 

This rule was difficult enough to accept before the 2014 referendum but I find it impossible to swallow now.

 

Constitutional change, under the terms of the Scotland Act which established the devolved Scottish Parliament, is reserved to Westminster – as the SNP accepted when it negotiated with David Cameron for that independence vote four years ago.

 

But having had that "once-in-a-lifetime event", why are members of the British civil service, who happen to work in Scotland, still being asked to work on an issue that was decisively rejected by the voters?

 

We don't know the full details of the 13 policy papers revealed to the Scottish Tories in that FOI request this week because the information was deemed by SNP ministers to be not sufficiently in the public interest.

 

However, we do know they concerned the holding of another independence referendum, the so-called indyref2.

 

I have absolutely no objection to the SNP and its leadership working to their hearts' content on plans for another such vote; after all independence is their raison d'etre.

 

But it's not the job for British civil servants; their very name gives away where their loyalties should lie. Let the extremely rich SNP and its many wealthy backers do that job and foot the bill.

<Article ends)

 

"Accidental Witness" Report

In the run-up to the 2014 Referendum, the SNP encouraged Civil Servants in Scotland to breach the 'Civil Service Code', as detailed in a Report by Keith Howell.

 

Howell was an effective spokesman for the pro-UK cause in the run-up to the referendum in 2014 – producing several persuasive videos. Since then, many people will have seen his regular letters in the Scottish press.

 

He has produced a significant body of work called "Accidental Witness" – relating to the creation of the White Paper of November 2013. It brings together the shocking evidence which leads him to believe that:

 

"In the early preparations for the Scottish referendum campaign, the leadership of the SNP Government, perhaps convinced they would otherwise lose, decided to go further than ever before in stretching the bounds of what could be done within the rules and then going beyond that. The preparation of the "Scotland’s Future" White Paper, with its misleading and highly politicised content, involved breaches of the Civil Service Code and consequent breaches of the Ministerial Code.

 

"Such breaches would mean there had been a misuse of public funds and abuse of the levers of power. This was not supposed to be possible, in a British democracy that prides itself on keeping wrongdoing out of the corridors of Government.

 

"Under the Civil Service Code, Civil Servants are not only required to provide impartial support for the Government of the day, they are equally intended to always be honest and above reproach. Allowing misleading material to appear in a White Paper without proper clarification or explanation is a clear breach of the Code."

 

In short, the Civil Service in Scotland was inappropriately used to promote the SNP's agenda. He lays out the damning case on his Website

 

 

 

 

 

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