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So, we’re in the electioneering period now for the Scottish parliamentary elections and the press is going full on unionist.

I have been a LibDem voter and member my entire adult life. There is only 1 election which I haven’t voted LibDem and that was the Westminster GE in December 2019. That time I “loaned” my vote to the SNP.

I will be doing similar this time. I will be voting SNP in the representative column and Greens in the Party list PR column.

Since 2016, hardening in 2019, I see Scotland’s brightest future outside of the UK. UK politics is dominated by England. This is obvious because it has far the largest population. However, the direction of travel, apparently, for the English electorate is further to the right while I am firmly a social democrat. I believe I the Scandinavian model of high taxation/high investment which I believe creates a happy, healthy, supportive society.

I am opting for SNP/Greens as they are overtly campaigning on an independent independence ticket. I think there has been a fundamental shift since 2014 and the question needs asking again. I value my European citizenship, stolen from me, far more than I value by UK citizenship so the break up of the UK is, in my opinion, necessary and due.

I hope the SNP manage an actual majority in Holyrood and that the momentum for independence continues. The Tories are worried. They have no viable political leadership in Scotland now. They have a liability in London and have broken promise after promise.

The claims that now is not the time for a divisive referendum I think is wrong. If not now, when? We’re coming out of a worldwide shock. The whole world needs to change. Surely now is exactly the time. Surely independence now means we can forge the path we want as we rebuild from the double whammy of Brexit and Covid.

Now is the time and now is the hour.

To people who argue the SNP have been incompetent. There are many areas in which I agree. But, incompetence in trying to do the right thing is better than incompetence when trying to line the pickets of the rich! Until we achieve Independent nationhood we will have an SNP government. Once we achieve independence, we can re-address who we want to lead us and I suspect, the major centrist parties will embrace the new status and will see power spread across the board. I don’t believe an independent Scotland will have permanent SNP government, I see a rising Lab/Lib support kicking I’m very quickly as the differences between the parties focus on policy not ideology.

The Tories, I suspect, will still struggle to have relevance. Possibly even more so.

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H&M

The Royal family is dysfunctional. No question. I have deep admiration and respect for the Queen. She was born in a different age and had conducted herself honourably for her entire life. But . . .

Do we need a monarchy? No. Is the monarchy truly representative of modern Britain? Well?

I think there is a significant difference in opinion based on age. No surprise there. And I think I am at the age where things start to change. I think most people younger than me wouldn’t call themselves. Monarchists and don’t see the value in them. Those older than me probably couldn’t countenance the idea of becoming a Republic.

Surely this whole debacle with Harry and Megan shows how impossible the Royals position is. Harry has served his country in combat, has worked hard to promote veteran support. And fell in love with someone who didn’t fit the mould. They have had nothing but negative press since and have been driven out of the UK and still hounded. They can’t live normal lives because of who they are so the opportunity to interview with Oprah would be too good to miss. The utter vitriol they have been subjected to has been disgusting.

I suspect it is another area where the English electorate in general differs from the Celtic nations and is another reason why the political union is under strain and needs to be broken before serious harm is caused.

I certainly have no respect for Charles and fail to see how and why he should be our Head of State. And the idea of a man the age of my nephew being my “ruler” purely because of birth is ridiculous.

I have always thought of myself as a “soft” royalist. I’m not especially keen on the institution but couldn’t see how an elected Head of State (political or figurehead) would be better or cheaper. Now I’m not so sure and I do think that when the Queen dies I suspect I’ll move over to the replicas camp. Hopefully Scotland will be independent by then anyway so it won’t be an issue.

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SNP Implosion?

It’s been a while so I wonder if anyone is still listening? Anyway, I’m back and will, once again, try and post regularly.

Since I last posted we have had the debacle of Christmas, the continued mishandling of the pandemic by the Westminster government and the calm assurances of the First Minister.

Just recently, the press has been full of the ongoing saga of the Alex Salmond inquiry. Last week Nicola Sturgeon spent 8 hours in parliament answering questions on this total non-story. Interestingly, the papers, and the BBC (Bravely Broadcasting for the Conservatives) were full of commentary about how, if she was found to have mislead parliament she would have to resign. This was being pushed by both Tory and Labour leaders!

Really, The Scottish Tory leadership calling for the resignation of a politician who may have made some procedural mistakes! After Priti Awful’s bullying and recdent 6 figure settlement, Matt Hancock’s breaking of the law over procurement, Gavin Williamson’s basic incompetence and Boris’s constant lies, untruths and exagerations. How can they be so hypocritical?

Oh, that’s right, they’re Tories. Do as I say, we are the natural party of government and all the plebs should no their place. Is it purely coincidental that this is all coming a couple of months before the Scottish elections? Hmm, let me think.