Hillary Clinton

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Yet another foreign government figure has been wheeled out at the bidding of the UK government to pour piss on the idea that Scotland should be independent. Not the first, certainly not the last.

And this time it’s Hillary Clinton: Bill’s wife, former Secretary of State in Obama’s administration and potential presidential candidate in 2016. It seems Hillary did not take her brief quite so cleverly as the President, and used an unfortunate turn of phrase:

I would hate to have you lose Scotland. I hope that it doesn’t happen but I don’t have a vote in Scotland. But I would hope it doesn’t happen.

She goes on, as did her former boss, to add advice on continuing membership of the EU to the UK government: “Europe needs Britain, in my opinion. I think Britain brings a perspective and an experience that is very important to Europe, especially post-economic crisis.

Losing Scotland

Loss of something implies that you once had possession. The UK owns Scotland. Scotland is the property of the UK. Oh dear, Hillary. You’re going to anger many Scots with this intervention.

Scotland is in a political Union that forms the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are four countries forming the United Kingdom. Scotland, as one of those, is, in theory at least, a partner in the UK. The use of the phrase reveals the way both Westminster Government and US Government view Scotland: a bit of property.

I don’t have a vote

No shit. Just like Mr Cameron and Mr Obama. You don’t have a vote Hillary. But it doesn’t stop you opening your mouth to give an opinion you know gives support to one side in the matter of the self-determination of a country.

In December 1965, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a “Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of their Independence and Sovereignty,” according to which “no state has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other state . . .”

In closing, I quote Hans J Morgenthau from the opening of his 1967 article which appeared in Foreign Affairs

“Intervention is as ancient and well-established an instrument of foreign policy as are diplomatic pressure, negotiations and war. From the time of the ancient Greeks to this day, some states have found it advantageous to intervene in the affairs of other states on behalf of their own interests and against the latters’ will. Other states, in view of their interests, have opposed such interventions and have intervened on behalf of theirs.”

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 96 days away.


Mrs Clinton’s photograph is reproduced from Wikipedia, courtesy of the US Department of State.

The title of this piece comes from a classic German expressionist film Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari where, in flashbacks, a Dr Caligari uses a somnambulist under his control to kill people. But in a twist at the end, it turns out that the narrator in the film is actually fantasising, and is in fact an inmate in a lunatic asylum – with Dr. Caligari his doctor. Nothing to do with politics.