Stop the Civil Service Being Used to Break Up Britain


AFFG Activists at our London Town Unionists launch. Pic AFFG 13-11-17.

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.

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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