Tomorrow that auspicious annual celebration comes round again, "National" Day. What exactly has "National" Day become? It is certainly not in consonance with how and why it began. It was a highly politically motivated and charged event, started by the SDGG and adopted by the GSLP Government, to campaign in favour of self determination.
Now, the GSD Government consider that self determination has been gained by virtue of the 2006 Constitution and its adoption by referendum. The GSLP maintain that there is a road yet to be trodden before self determination is achieved, although I do not know how they define that concept. The PDP's position seems to adopt the belief that self determination has been achieved, which is in line with the GSD's position but that politics should still plays a part in the clebrations.
I am clear, the 2006 Constitution includes, as its final clause in its final schedule, a provision that permits direct rule to be imposed, which is inconsistent with self determination; in truth this shortcoming does not overly concern or bother me. I am bothered, however, by our constant references to "nationhood" in the context of self determination, which imports into that word the concept of statehood and our self delusion on this subject. We are not a state nor does it matter that we are not. We are what we are, a Self Governing Territory under British Nationality with a high degree of self government.
A degree of self government that, as the GSD Government says, is the greatest degree that we can aspire to, whilst we continue to wish to remain Bristish or, in the very remote chance that, at any time in the future, we should choose to become part of the Spanish State. There are those who believe that the end of the political journey is independance. I do not consider that this is an option, either politically or in practice, without the support and agreement of Spain.
The effect of the GSD's position is that they consider that the 10th September is not a political event for making speeches but a celebration to be enjoyed and one on which " ... we celebrate our country our society, our culture, our heritage and our prosperity as a people".
The GSLP consider that it is a politically charged day in which " ...as well as asserting our identity, our nationhood and our right to self determination, we have an opportunity to send a clear message to our neighbours ... ." I would have thought our neighbours have heard that message enough times, that this was unnecessarily provocative and not what "National" Day is all about.
The PDP say that " ...it is right that we reaffirm our political rights as a people. This would be relevant on any National Day as it is worldwide when other countries hold similar celebrations" Really, which countries might that be?
What then is "National" Day for most people? I really do not know. I am confused. A few are very certain. These are those individuals who continue the quest for independence. I do not agree with them but I admire their tenacity and principled stance. For all others, it seems to be a good excuse for a piss up, which I do not criticise one iota. It has become a day that has lost its political direction and which different political parties use for their own opportunistic electoral benefit.
Well you asked for controversey. Now I have had a go at all the political parties. I am off for my gin and tonic in order to start the clebrations. Have a good one tomorrow.