Saturday, 28 March 2015

What Do You Really Stand For?

Welcome to the year 2030, It’s another election year, Scotland has became independent thanks to a 2015 minority Conservative Government enforcing a decimation of public services, backed up by Ulster Unionists, UKIP and New Labourites, happy to be anywhere but under Ed Miliband’s leadership. 2017 saw the EU referendum, which killed off UKIP but saw the United Kingdom remove itself from the EU after England voted to go and the rest of the home nations voted to stay. Despite electing 38 SNP MPs in 2015 a realisation occurred in the people of Scotland that no matter how we vote, we will always be treated to Tories in a variety of party colours. 

A second referendum is called for 2020 in which 71% of the people of Scotland vote yes to independence. A new nation is formed and a first independent election in 2022 leads to a majority government for the SNP. Eight years on the country is struggling, financially held to the wall by multinational oil companies. Renewable energies are developed only in terms of off/on shore wind farms which 15% of all profits are sent to Crown Estate and subsidies to farmers for land use take up much of the remaining profit. Nuclear weapons will be removed by the year 2035 in agreement with our partners in NATO that the nationally owned Prestwick Airport becomes a US Naval Base which is used to refuel on it’s way to border the threat of Russian military might. Membership of the SNP drops at an alarming rate, so much so that official figures are never mentioned. Despite public unrest, the state financed SBC are predicting that the SNP will retain their majority and 76 year old Alex Salmond will begin his second period as First Minister with a promise to cut corporation tax to stimulate economic growth. With the 8 year maximum service for Nicola Sturgeon having been complete, she will now take her position in the newly formed Presidency role which is a solely political head of state, allowing His Majesty Charles the Third to retain his titles and land North of the Border. Despite great unrest there is little doubt that through Dundee, Glasgow and the North you could stick a pig up there with an yellow SNP rosette and they would be elected..... 

It is 2015, the SNP membership has now reached 100,000. Yes activists have joined the main political party of independence in their droves... Many, thanks to the media throughout the 2014 campaign are unaware that any other party or group remotely supported the independence movement. ‘I voted yes so I must be a nationalist,’ they declare. Some know they are socialist but try to make the excuse that the SNP are to the left of Labour. The SNP leadership make it clear that austerity is not what they will sign up for, they want an end to Trident, to end food banks. Look at their record in government. Free prescriptions, free tolls on bridges, free tuition, a freeze on Council Tax. It is impressive. I can see why so many Real Labour Voters are switching sides... Even in areas where once before you could put a pig in a red rosette and they would be elected.... 

Of course the year 2030 version is an unknown, we may still be UKOK or maybe a Syriza style revolution might take into effect. Scotland as the SSP and many others have shown, is more than capable of being a vibrant successful independent country that is economically viable, but it depends on who is making the decisions. In Dundee, the biggest yes city, the majority SNP council are enforcing a £7million budget cut. This has meant a review on potential school closures with a 4 mile travel now becoming acceptable. Projects are being closed down, resources are being stretched to the maximum. While attainment is expected to be continually higher. I write all of this because the SNP candidate for Dundee West has said he will support the council’s decisions. I ask Chris Law to reconsider, I ask Chris Law to meet with the families of Menzieshill High School who face the prospect of closure. 

I don’t know Chris that well. He is best known for driving the Spirit of Scotland Bus around the country in the referendum. I can’t judge him on his politics because I don’t know his politics. All I have found out about Chris Law in this election is this video.

I still don’t know if he is standing, or starting a taxi firm. My point is that just because Labour is so bad, you are going to beat them anyway, doesn’t mean you aren’t accountable. You have a duty to represent your constituents. They need to know what your leaders say actually match to what you do. If the in-decline Labour Party won’t hold you accountable then the people will. The SNP talk of real change, they talk of making Scotland a better place... Prove it! Or in 2030 you’ll find out what happens to the pig you put a rosette on. 

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