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Doomsday – Scotland after independence?

May 24, 2008

I’ve just been to see the film Doomsday. It’s absolute rubbish – what happens when you give a good B-movie director too big a budget: all sense of irony goes. Neil Marshall also directed Dog Soldiers and The Descent, which I quite enjoyed, but this is derivative nonsense.

I went to see it because it’s set in a post-apocalyptic Glasgow, and filmed on location in the Highlands of, er, Cape Town.

In 2008, the Reaper virus breaks out in Glasgow. Scotland is quarantined, and cut off from England. The people are left to die. Thirty years later, there’s another outbreak of the virus in London, and a team is sent north of the border to look for a cure.

Lo and behold, they come across a city filled with characters trapped in a Mad Max nightmare world – cannibal punks listening to 80s music and barbecuing their enemies (I don’t understand why they didn’t dip them in batter and deep fry them). They didn’t all die from the Reaper virus, and the survivors are vicious.

The film could have been a Labour Party propaganda piece about what Scotland would be like after independence. In fact, it bears a strong resemblance to Labour’s campaign before last year’s Scottish election. Labour worked hard to create the impression that post-independence there would be razor wire keeping starving Scots out of England while the country collapsed – maybe production was delayed and they decided to release the film now to recoup some of the expense.

I’m not the only person to notice this:

Some think the film is an insight into England’s latent view of Scotland. ‘I think it is a subliminal thought they have in England: in the dark recesses of their minds they believe that if Scotland is ever separated from London then we will be cut off from the rest of the world for good,’ said SNP Westminster MP Angus MacNeil, who represents Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles).

‘They think we’ll build our own Hadrian’s Wall and keep everyone out – which is of course nonsense. At 80p a brick it will simply be too expensive.

I’m waiting for a zombie film about New Labour, the undead party that keeps shuffling forward, feeding on the living.

Who’ll put it out of its misery?

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