As we approach the UK General Election on 8 June, three things stand out as far as voting here in Moray (a constituency of about 90,000 people in the north of Scotland) is concerned. First, in the recent local election, veteran Scottish National Party (SNP) councillor Gordon McDonald failed to get elected; you don’t get more SNP than Gordon McDonald. Second, more people who voted in Moray voted Scottish Conservative (36%) than voted SNP (32%) – and that was on a higher turnout than the previous local election in 2012. Third, apart from one successful Labour candidate, the other political parties were nowhere to be seen. So, the General Election vote in Moray – as in the rest of Scotland – will come down to a head-to-head between the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives.
At the Scottish national level, by virtually any standard you care to choose, the SNP in government has been a failure. Look at education; look at NHS Scotland; perhaps above all, look at Scotland’s economy – to take just 3 indicators of the SNP’s ineptitude. The SNP purports to govern Scotland, but it does so on the basis that – if the SNP is to be believed – all that matters to the people of Scotland is independence. Even on this latter subject, bizarrely the SNP defines ‘independence’ as meaning Scotland being governed by the likes of Jean-Claude Juncker and his unelected, unaccountable cronies in the European Commission.
Given the SNP’s ham-fisted attempt at governing Scotland for all, and its obsession with delegating the future governance of the nation to a bunch of suits in Brussels, one wonders why anybody would vote SNP on 8 June? Furthermore, the SNP’s 56 Members of Parliament in Westminster have done nothing for Scotland other than appear to the rest of the House of Commons as a rather immature protest group – humming the European Union anthem during the Article 50 vote, for example.
The Right Honourable Angus Robertson MP for Moray – seen here humming ‘Ode to Joy’ in the House of Commons …
So, if you’re thinking of voting SNP on a ‘Braveheart’ basis, then consider whether in the long run you really want to see your country governed by a foreign oligarchy with your impotent politicians more comfortable humming ‘Ode to Joy’ than singing ‘Flower of Scotland’.
Similarly, if you’re thinking of voting SNP as a route to prosperity, bear in mind that Scotland’s economy under an SNP government is pretty much a basket-case. To quote The Taxpayers’ Alliance, ‘most objective analysis shows that Scotland couldn’t afford independence. The loss of UK subsidies would entail a huge and unsustainable fiscal deficit. Scotland’s public spending is excessive and beyond the capacity of its economy to support. In short, Scotland is living beyond its means’. That’s nationalist-socialism for you. It probably also explains why the SNP is desperate to suck on the teat of European Union subsidies.
Finally, consider this: in 2014, more Scots (2,001,926) voted for Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom than voted in 2016 for the UK to remain in the EU (1,1661,191). The Scots would seem to prefer membership of the United Kingdom over membership of the European Union. In other words, there are more Scots interested in Scotland being part of an independent, democratic, self-determining United Kingdom than there are Scots who would wish to see Scotland as a sham-independent nation governed by EU bureaucrats. We shouldn’t be surprised at this; it’s just that the SNP has different ideas to most of the rest of us.
If you’re wondering how to vote in the best interests of Moray and Scotland on 8 June, given the facts above you’d do well to avoid voting for the SNP; they’ve shown themselves to have little or nothing to offer the hard-working, proud and patriotic people of this fine country of ours.
Ruth Davidson Member of the Scottish Parliament and Leader of the Scottish Conservative & Unionists – seen here singing ‘Flower of Scotland’ sitting on a tank …
The Liberal Democrats (I call them LumpDims) barely merit a mention in this election. For a start they’re neither liberal nor democratic, but let’s leave that to one side for now. The ex-LumpDim leader, Nick Clegg, like the current leader Tim Farron (I call him Timmy Mallet, pictured above), gets himself terribly wrapped around the axle about Brexit – to the point that even now he bangs on endlessly about the need for those who voted Remain to keep plugging the case for the UK to ignore or work to overturn the EU Referendum result such that the UK remains in Nick’s beloved European Union (Nick has to promote the EU at all costs, by the way; receipt of his EU pension is conditional upon it). It’s a bit like Nick’s one of those soldiers trapped in a Pacific jungle fighting on after the end of the war.
But wait! Here’s Nick Clegg at an Oxford University debate before the EU Referendum. We see Nick prophesying that when the Leave campaign fails and the UK votes to Remain in the EU, those who voted Leave would probably bang on endlessly about it – er, fighting on like soldiers trapped in a Pacific jungle after the end of the war. However, unlike the bitter-and-twisted failed Leave voters, Nick and his clever Remainer friends would be terribly grown up, accept the Remain result, move on and get on with the rest of their lives. Like Nick’s doing now (not) …