Hatuey @ 12.24. To understand the cartoon one has to read the fine print and, I suppose, realize that the hand will NOT grasp the mace of Westminster (English tradition) but the (Scottish, traditional) thistle.
The hand for this isn’t primarily Drew Hendry’s last week. Rather, it belongs to us – the hand of all of us – to finally get to the thistle, to grab it, to grasp it, and to pick it up, perhaps where Drew H’s hand left the club the other day.
So his action was just a signal to all of us to do what the cartoon’s headline says: “GRASP the Thistle”. Pick it up; don’t just leave it! In other words, it is time to break away from our backgrounds and really move on for Scotland’s cause. Don’t just talk about it – TIME for ACTION.
“Time to get hold of the thistle”
A bit dangerous, of course: you could cut yourself in some places. A thorny thing, a thistle.
That gets me into reading the small (and not so small) print. Something the posters don’t seem to be doing. What do you think these printed messages are if not the thorns just sticking out of the thistle? Like wounds that have grown out from within or dipped into it (the thistle) from the outside.
Anyway, they are things that make us bleed and that we will surely do if we pick them up.
My eyes are not strong enough for (some) of this fine print. It’s like going to the optician for an eye test and sometimes you can’t read the bottom line or even the line above. Others with sharper eyes that mine can possibly deliver. Some of the bigger letters I can make out and here is what they say:
BREXIT (on the ball, under the cross): Now there is a mighty thorn, if there ever was one.
Maybe there is even a little play on words – on the ‘REX’ in the ‘B.REX.IT’. Perhaps the REX is also presented on our side as not a small thorn in the side, whether the REX actually refers to the reigning monarch herself or, as it might be better, to OLD KING BORIS (this not so happy old soul). even.
The next piece that my own old eyes can read and that lies horizontally along the crown piece staring us straight in the face is the following very clear message (which, despite its clarity, no one commented on when I started writing this post) :
SECTION 30 RIP: Grasping the thistle in this regard means that the old section 30 diversion stone will be killed. RIP, indeed – and don’t you dare to get up again? Section 30 is a joke: it should be exposed for utter irrelevance for what it really is and discarded NOW once and for all.
The next and unfortunately last piece that I can still read extends vertically along the “face” or “cup” that houses the four “arms” of the crown. Again, no one commented on it when I started writing this, but the message is loud and clear, although this time it is not a thorn that harms us, but a factor that encourages us to continue grasping the Scottish thistle:
‘YES . 58% ‘
Unfortunately I can’t read the rest of it. The print is just too small, but there are at least 6 other messages. So if there is a Hercule Poirot please get out the magnifying glass and let us know what Chris Cairns has to say.
Unless I’m mistaken, here are these 6 fine print:
No. 1 runs vertically along the edge of the cup;
Numbers 2 and 3 lie horizontally on top of each other between the bottom of the cup and the “button” through which the stem of the thistle passes, on the way from left (the right side of the picture as we look at it) to right;
Numbers 4 and 5 run vertically along this little “button”, and
# 6 runs horizontally along the stem of the thistle before it reaches the button.
If we knew what these messages are, we would understand the cartoon much better. I can prove wrong if the code breaker decrypts them. But when I’ve called 2 of the 3 messages I can read “thorns” and the third is an “encouragement” telling us to “grab the thistle” and do a shift, then the other 6 messages take on more Reasons.
In other words, the cartoon – presumably – highlights the combination of factors that mean the TIME is NOW to do what Chris Cairns told us to do: “GRASP THE THISTLE”. The word “seize” reminds us, of course, of “seizing the opportunity”. Or, to change the metaphor, strike while the iron is hot.
And as for the thistle – please remember, it is not a mace, it is a thistle and as such represents Scotland – what should we do with it once we understand it? Don’t just cling to ourselves, in a misty-eyed romantic dream (which so often reminds of a glorious defeat). Nothing like that. Let’s see and look at the cartoon again.
Where is that thistle? Aw naw – it lies doon.
And what will we do with it after we understand it? We let it stand up.
On his feet. LAST BUT NOT LEAST.
A ‘SHE WILL BE FINE DAE. SHE WILL BE BRAW!