PLEASE make it stop. Please make it go away. We’re in for another week of drama, recriminations, tantrums, and idiotically childish behaviour, and I’m not even talking about the British nationalist media in Scotland’s obsession with SNP bad stories. No, this is the drama, recriminations, tantrums, and idiotically childish behaviour that has come to define and characterise that British state whose security and stability Scotland was told it could enjoy.

Back in 2014 the Better Together campaign never clarified that it meant secure in the sense of being locked up in a Victorian asylum with Jacob Rees Mogg and his fantasies of taking on Napoleon.

There are few things more galling than having your intelligence insulted by idiots. That, however, is now the main strategy of Theresa May’s ship of fools. We have a government and a Prime Minister that trades in fantasy with a currency of lies. That must be what they meant when they told us that Brexit was going to unleash a new global Britain making favourable trade deals around the world.

In her speech yesterday, standing in front of some pottery that looked suspiciously like chamber pots, which would be appropriate containers for the contents of her speech, Theresa May warned of the negative consequences on British democracy if the House of Commons voted Brexit down. She said, “imagine if an anti-devolution House of Commons had said to the people of Scotland or Wales that despite being in favour of a devolved legislature, Parliament knew better and would over-rule them”.

In Scotland and Wales we don’t actually have to imagine that. It has really happened. In the case of Scotland not once, but three times. It happened in 1979 when the House of Commons voted down Home Rule even though the Scottish referendum that year voted in favour of a Scottish Assembly with a very similar majority to the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit in 2016. It happened after the 1997 referendums when Theresa May was amongst those Conservatives who voted against devolution even though the referendums in Scotland and Wales had produced results in favour.

More pertinently, however, it happened again in the aftermath of that Brexit vote when Theresa May’s own government used the Brexit decision as an excuse to undermine the very foundations of the 1997 devolution settlement, a settlement which the people of Scotland had supported by a very large margin in that year’s referendum.

Theresa May’s own government has unilaterally over-ruled the Scottish Parliament’s Bill to protect the devolution settlement following Brexit. Her own government has taken it upon itself to decide which reserved powers it’s going to take back to itself, and even gave itself the power to do so retrospectively. Theresa has no problems over-ruling Scottish referendums.

Yet now we have Theresa May telling the UK how awful it would be for the result of a popular referendum to be voted down by politicians in the House of Commons. The hypocrisy is strong in this one. Which is in fact the only way in which her government could be described as strong. If Theresa May had displayed even a fraction of the same respect to the outcome of Scotland’s devolution referendum as she claims must be given to the outcome of the Brexit vote, then Scotland wouldn’t currently be looking towards another independence vote.

In effect, the Prime Minister herself has just told us that in the UK some referendums are more important than others, some electorates are more important than others, and some constituent parts of the UK are more important than others. Only some referendums results need to be respected and implemented by the House of Commons, and those don’t include Scottish ones. Naturally this story is dominating the anti-independence Scottish media which is determined to protect and defend Scotland’s place within the UK and to stand up for Scotland within the UK.

Oh wait. No. It’s not about how bad the SNP is.

We’ve gone from no deal is better than a bad deal to warnings from the British Government that a rejection of Theresa May’s deal would result in the apocalypse. Government strategy this week has been reduced to holding up a cute ickle puppy in front of Conservative backbenchers and warning them that if they vote down Theresa May’s deal then the puppy will become a staple food item. At least for those who can still afford meat.

This tactic has been wildly successful, if you define success as failing miserably that is. Theresa May can do that since she is happy to say that black is white and up is down, that Windrush isn’t her fault, and she loves and respects Scotland as a partner in her precious Union. It’s such a succesful strategy that Gavin Johnson has resigned, and he was the Tory Whip responsible for dragging around the immature little creature by the scruff of the neck. Which is, entirely coincidentally, also a good description of Ross Thomson’s career in politics has gone so far.

Thankfully Labour are giving the Tories some stiff competition, but only in the sense of being mistaken for a corpse. The Shadow Scotland Secretary Lesley Laird, or to give her her correct title, the Shadow Scotland Secretary Lesley Laird Who?, was interviewed on the TV and avoided saying whether her party would campaign for or against Brexit in the event of that snap General Election which the Labour party is so keen on.

Although to be fair it’s a bit unreasonable to expect Lesley to know the answer to that question since no-one else does either.

There are precious few certainties in British politics any more. The Prime Minister is now warning that Brexit might not happen at all. She’s saying that like it would be a bad thing.

The only certainty is that her deal is about as likely to attain a majority in the Commons as her government is likely to get through the week without lying, threatening, or bullying. Then the gods alone know what will happen next. This is what passes for strong and stable government in the UK these days. Are you feeling secure?