My postal vote has been sent off for the UK general election which is on Thursday.
What’s going on?
The UK parliament and the government it forms is up for election.
What happened to independence?
In the last week of the referendum on Scottish independence last year the UK government threw everything it could think of. Scare stories were all around about how it would destroy the economy, the English would keep our shared currency, the banks would move out of Scotland and the supermarkets would raise prices. A back bench opposition MP called Gordon Brown gave a Vow about giving more powers to Scotland.
The day after the no vote the prime minister instead of doing as he promised to work with Scotland instead promised to withdraw Scottish MPs voting rights at Westminster on English only matters. Fair enough you might think but the Scottish budget is defined by these English matters so there are no English only laws. The promised new powers for Scotland were consulted on and nothing very interesting or useful was promised in the end.
So there’s a feeling of annoyance at the lack of respect for Scots. With the population suddenly very interested in politics (85% turnout compared to 65% for a UK election) people have noticed. The membership of the nationalist parties has quadrupled and the current UK election has many people wondering what’s in it for Scotland.
What’s in it for Scotland?
There are 3 major London based parties and they are showing none of the optimism shown by the Yes side in the referendum campaign. Almost exclusively they talk down Scotland continuing to say it’s too small and too poor to manage its own affairs. So the opinion polls have shown people prefer an optimistic message as the SNP gives and they have been forecast to go from 6 seats in Scotland to every single of the 59 seats.
With England equally split between the Tory and Labour parties it seems likely the deciding vote for approval of government business will be from the SNP. The English media have gone a bit nuts at this and started querying if this is legitimate and a valid part of the constitutional setup. Which makes Scottish voters wonder what happened to all those promises of wanting to work together during the referendum.
My vote is for an MP from Edinburgh. The current guy is Ian Murray from Labout. He didn’t bother to turn up to a vote on bombing Iraq. He accepts donations from the Arab Emirates and PriceWaterhouseCoopers which are straight bribery for his votes, these governments/companies have no interest in Edinburgh’s people. He calls SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon “Miss Sturgeon” despite her being married for years, an example of everyday sexism.
Reviewing the leaflets and watching the video interviews none of the candidates stand out as great parliamentarians so I’ve voted mostly on party and go with the SNP. The candidate is Neil Hay who’s been criticised for having a Twitter account where it posted to a satirical article, a non-issue as far as I can see. It’ll be interesting to see who chooses to work with them to be a UK government and who continues to claim that Scottish political wishes are irrelevant.
See you on Friday.
We had a voluntary poll here and of course the no voters stayed at home so it was 80% yes. The Catalan government now says it resign in September and the election resulting will be a referendum on independence. If more than 50% vote for independence parties they’ll unilaterally declare independence. At which point I expect Spain to send in the troops.
We live in interesting times.