Pearl of Tyburn: Tonight we’ll be speaking with Damien Davies, Unionist Activist. Hello, Mr. Davies.
Damien Davies: Hello.
P.T.: Could you elaborate about your background and what identities you might see yourself as having, culturally, nationally, religiously, and otherwise?
D.D.: I am a 31-year-old British Person who happens to live in North West England, Runcorn, 9 miles downstream from Liverpool. Religiously, Church of England, although have Broad Catholic Leanings but to not regularly practice.
I have always regarded myself British first (as it is more inclusive) and English second, although was born in Scotland to Parents of Welsh. I consider England to be one of the Historic Countries in The United Kingdom of Great Britain (a state as it were), but The United Kingdom to be my country. England, Wales and Scotland are all internal regions of the UK, but they make up a whole.
P.T.: Where in Scotland were you born? Do you feel Celtic at all in your mix of identities, and what do you think about the issue of Celtic language preservation, such as Welsh?
D.D.: I was born in Edinburgh, raised in England and have Welsh/Irish Decent. I have no affinity for Celtic identity even with my Scottish/Irish and Welsh background, but I do believe that traditional Celtic languages should be preserved as much as possible.
P.T.: What are your feelings with regard to the Scottish independence referendum?
D.D.: It is an affront to everything The United Kingdom represents and is absolutely heartbreaking to me.
P.T.: What do you see the UK as representing, to you and to the world?
D.D.: I see the collective diversity and comradeship of this Island as our biggest asset and not a weakness that the separatists would have Scotland believe. Look around the world, 50 percent of inventions; the locomotive, the telephone, television, World Wide Web and the automobile, etc. etc. All are British innovation within the Union.
For good or ill, the Greatest Empire the world has seen which turned English into the 2nd or 3rd most spoken language in the world, just logistically for us is splendid. The colours of the Red-white and blue of our flag are in most overseas territories and former colonies.
P.T.: What would you say about the post-imperial slump that seems to have affected many Brits psychologically?
D.D.: It has not affected me in the slightest; the United Kingdom does not owe me, a typical working class man in the North of England, anything. Frankly the people it has affected need to get over themselves
P.T.: Do you think that countries owe their people anything? What do you think the role of patriotism plays, and what do you think people owe their country?
D.D.: I do feel that the Country or State owes the Taxpayer a lot, good defence, reasonable priced housing to buy and a chance to make a pound, gainful employment as it were. For this, the Country is owed our allegiance in turn. That’s patriotism.
P.T: What about the supposed historical arguments brought up by separatists?
D.D.: Historical Battles of the indigenous peoples of Britain is old hat, 400 years old hat. The British built this Union with British hands is a much more immediate reality than fighting for something that you have no personal stake in.
I would not fight for that cause, I would fight for the cause to preserve the Greatest Social, Political and Economic Union the world has ever known. Twice in the last Century our forebears gave their lives for defend our freedoms. That is worth a lot more than the separatists can conceive.
P.T.: What symbol of Britain stands out most in your mind? What do you think would happen to the Union Jack should Scotland break away?
D.D.: For me, it is the Symbol of Britannia. She is embossed on the Train Bridge in Runcorn so get a daily reminder of the Kingdom of Great Britain. The Union Jack will be no more if the separatists get their way.
P.T.: What are your thoughts about the Saxon vs. Celtic analogies and the way that Ireland and Scotland are often compared?
D.D.: Ireland is not Great Britain; the Irish Troubles are largely over with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Bringing that in the debate would just antagonize the whole peace process in Northern Ireland, who resoundingly decided they were British. Let that be an end to that issue. This is about the Constitutional Future of Great Britain, not Scotland as the separatists would like to make out.
P.T.: What are your thoughts on Federalization and the home rule bodies in the UK? Also are you a part of any political party?
D.D.: I vote, but am not affiliated with any political party. I do not agree with federalization and home rule bodies, but that is neither here nor there because it is here. I can elaborate on that, if you wish.
P.T: Please do.
D.D: Federalization works best with Large Areas of expansive land which is sparsely populated relative to size, Great Britain or the UK could fit inside Texas, just one of the 50 States in the USA.
So the conceit with Devolution in the UK is that Scotland and Wales are NOT British but Scottish and Welsh respectively. This is a problem as it teaches Scots and Welsh to regard themselves as something other than British
P.T.: Under the circumstances of home rule existing in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, do you think England should have a home rule body?
D.D: In theory that is a sound idea; at the minute the UK pays for English MP's in the UK Parliament and for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland too, but now three of the home nations have two sets of MP's so basically there in a job share with each other but with no reduced hours or wages. So we are all paying more cash for more politicians, which there are too many of already.
P.T.: What do you think about the SNP argument about Tory Rule that they hope will help advocate independence among mostly anti-Tory Scots?
D.D.: Scotland is the only Country in the United Kingdom which has ever returned over 50% of votes to the Tories, in addition when the UK General Election rolls around we vote as ONE in the Unified Great Britain, the "us" and "them" mentality is merely a confection drummed up by the SNP, which I deplore. Tories have more MSPs in Holyrood than the SNP have in Westminster also, and yet the SNP have a mandate to Break-up-Britain...
P.T.: What's your opinion of Alex Salmond?
D.D.: I cannot repeat it but there is a lot of expletive deleted in there. It is telling that the SNP were against the National Minimum Wage in 1997 and Devolution in 1997 also, against more powers of the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 and supported the dreaded Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power in the 1970's. She was known as milk snatcher in England too. It seems as if this party’s primary function is to antagonize and provoke.
P.T.: What do you think of Alistair Darling? What is your opinion on the debates that took place between him and Salmond?
D.D.: Alistair Darling is a decent chap, but Salmond is an utter disgrace. The debates were okay, but Darling was way too nice.
P.T.: What do you think is the best way to defeat Salmond?
D.D.: VOTE NO! Hopefully there will be a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Mr. Salmond.
P.T.: What methods do you think the Unionist campaign should use to bolster than no vote?
D.D.: I am offended it is actually been raised as a question. That's how much of a no-brainer the United Kingdom is to me. I feel as an Ideal, if the United Kingdom can say that we can achieve so much more together than apart, lots of Countries come and go, new Countries formed and regimes fall, not in Britain?
Because we have a tried, tested, true and stable form of Liberal Democracy, which is something other parts of the world can only dream of. This should be a source of pride that we can engage in this debate without violence and some out the other side stronger for it. And to be fair, if our United Kingdom is everything us Unionists think and believe it is we have nothing to worry about :) Better Together, always were.
P.T.: What do you think about arguments turning the whole thing on its head, saying "smaller better", "weaker better", etc.?
D.D.: I would say that collectively the United Kingdom has the 5th Largest Economy in the world and the second largest in the EU, but are the 80th largest Country in terms of Size, why would anybody wish to diminish this? I cannot abide the mentality which would see the separatists metaphorically cut of one of my healthy legs.
P.T.: How do you feel personally affected by the concept of the British culture being split apart and ultimately dissolved as we know it?
As a British person, Nessie is part of my culture, as is the bagpipe and tartan. The separatists with to take this away from me. Imagine if there was a British Government voted in at the last general election trying to cut away Scotland, what would Scots call the rest of the United Kingdom?
P.T.: Dirty rats, snakes-in-the-grass, etc.?
D.D.: My sentiments exactly. My personal view is that the SNP got in on a protest vote against the Tories and Lib Dems climbing in the bed with them.
P.T.: What's your opinion on the sterling issue?
D.D.: Pound Sterling was the English Currency before the Acts of Union; the exchange of the Pound Scots to Sterling was 12 Pound Scots to 1 Pound Sterling, so no wonder the separatists want to keep it, but it would need to be the English currency as not to get all playground but it was England's first. I would not support an official currency union, have already written to my MP about that.
P.T.: Again regarding Ireland, how would you respond to the nationalist assertation, "Well, lots of young nations struggled at first, like ROI, but got back on their feet...etc. etc."?
D.D.: Ireland is in the EUROZONE, how is that going again?
P.T.: What are some of your personal interests/hobbies and what do you see for your future, of yourself and the UK?
D.D.: I enjoy creative writing and write a lot of plays and screenplays in my spare time. I also enjoy photography, do a lot of hunting and angling, and am into movies in a big way.
Basically United Kingdom has been here for over 300 years and based on the success story of our Union I want the next 3,000 years, just sad that I will not be here to see it...our decedents will make us all proud to secure our Union and retain our Britishness.
P.T.: Thanks, Mr. Davies. Thanks for everything.
D.D.: No problem.