UK GENERAL ELECTION – A VIEW FROM SCOTLAND


May-Sturgeon

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 …

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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 …

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POSTSCRIPT

Timmy Mallet

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) …

14 comments

  1. Elgin Boy · ·

    Would someone please tell me what is meant by a Hard Brexit when any talks have yet to take place. To my simple mind this is just Newspaper talk to sell misinformation and keep their well payed jobs I have never voted Tory until the local council elections but the way the SNP behave (Children,Toys and Prams come to mind). If you don’t agree then they hate you. I would not trust them to run a corner shop.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Yes, the Hard/Soft Brexit thing was dreamt up by the Remain side of the Referendum to create a stick with which to beat the Government. The EU Referendum was a binary choice: Remain in the EU, or Leave the EU. Leaving the EU is not a difficult concept: the UK rids itself of the need to comply with The Treaty of Lisbon. Full stop. To say that there was always some strange, fuzzy, part-in/part-out, softly softly version of leaving the EU is to live in denial …

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  2. reallyoldbill · ·

    It’s always interesting to see political views from another perspective, in this case from north of the border where different imperatives always seem to have prominence to south of it. Clearly for those in Scotland wishing to remain within the union (not the European one) then defeating the SNP, or at the very least giving it a bloody nose by severely reducing its vote, will be a priority, and I wonder how much that may dictate tactical voting? It would seem that under the present leadership in Scotland the Tory brand is no longer as toxic as it once was, but I still come across Scots who wouldn’t under any circumstances vote for them and yet declare themselves to be unionists. Are there parts of the nation where voting Lib Dem would be more palatable as an alternative to the SNP? They always used to poll well in the west of the country from memory. The problem with that of course is the declared intention of the party to do everything in its power to frustrate or limit Brexit, which is now a recipe for greater uncertainty and chaos than grasping the nettle even if you were a Remain supporter and doing everything that can be done to make a success of it, which from polls appears to be the majority view of those in the UK who may have wished to stay in the EU last June. On the other hand that is the tactic of the SNP too, so for a unionist, replacing an SNP MP with a Lib Dem one does at least fulfil one wish: protect the union from more agitation for another Indyref. It will be interesting to see how the vote eventually breaks down. In normal times, given their pathetic record in government, the SNP should have been toast in this election, but these are far from normal times politically in the UK. If the Tories do indeed capture more seats in Scotland it may be the turning of the tide in the fortunes of the nationalist hordes.

    The obvious route to Brexit here in England (and probably Wales as well) is much clearer and that is indeed to vote Tory. Despite justified and widespread suspicions that even they may, with a sufficient majority in the bag, row back on Brexit in respect of some details and not deliver the clean break that many wish for, they are the only ones who offer the realistic possibility of such an outcome, so those of us determined to regain our national sovereignty in full have little choice but to trust them (for now). Unfortunately, the present Tory leadership seem determined to champion policies which, if not completely to the left of the political divide, are certainly pushing its margins, and in doing so risk alienating many of their core English supporters (who have always been more to the right of that divide than their Scottish cousins) in order to gather support from previous opponents. That is either very courageous and politically astute, or unbelievably naive and risky, depending upon your point of view. Those of us who have for years dreamed of finally throwing off the shackles of the EU must hope that it is the former and that the Tories are not taking opinion polls and the predicted landslide too much for granted, and in doing putting at risk the “strong and stable” government that we have been hearing so much about. June 8th may be a long night so I’m getting the beers in.

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  3. Robert E Lee · ·

    MM. As usual, I can but quote, in response to your post: IPOTARTP. (Darcy Reddyhoff).
    Your observations and thus your derived views chime with mine every time. (Unsurprising, given our backgrounds).
    Alas my good lady and I are no longer allowed to vote in UK elections, having been resident here in Spain for just under 16 years. As I explained previously, we fell off the electoral radar at the 15 year point. Thus, our opinions don’t count for anything, despite still paying to HMRC income tax on my service pension.
    I’m of the opinion that the majority of MPs are self-serving wasters with barely a cigarette paper separating their wishy-washy,liberal, centrist views. (Thankyou Blair and Cameron). Those with the cojones to stand up and speak out (the Owen Patersons of this world) are marginalised and vilified. Peter Hitchens’ view that “none of them deserve my vote, therefore I don’t vote,” has some merit.
    The corollary of the above applies to the SNP (in my view). There are some things/views/individuals that merit being voted against. The SNP/Sturgeon/Angus Robertson et al along with their Lilliputian grasp of economics spring to mind.
    “Never, never, never give up.” as Churchill entreated in ’41.

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  4. I agree with your analysis MorayMint and even if I didn’t it’s clearly not healthy for any country to be a one party state whichever party that is. I am really pessimistic about politics today. I understand well that as one gets older one is less likely to suffer fools, but it does seem to me that the democratic process is fundamentally broken and we are being governed by people (with honourable exceptions) who have little in mind other than to be in power. It saddens my heart every time I drive north to your beautiful county to see the majestic mountains festooned with industrial wind turbines – and the SNP would have your country carpeted with them if their aspirations are to be believed. For no other reason you have to vote against them. Best of luck.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks wolsten. It’s strange because, if anything, I hold the opposite view about politics today. We seem to be witnessing the disorderly unravelling of a generation’s worth of political monopolisation. In the UK anyway, we’ve been on the receiving end of 50 years of a steady coalescence of politicians into an homogenous, left-liberal, stone-deaf political elite who decided that politics wasn’t about discovering and delivering what people wanted, but more about what the political elite did to people. The political class told us what was good or bad, what was right or wrong, what we could do or not do, and so on and so forth. Voting one way or the other was pointless; all politicians and their policies were pretty much identical.

      Suddenly, for reasons I’m not entirely clear about (but the internet and social media must be relevant here), politics has been turned on its head. Ordinary people are influencing political outcomes. Whatever one thinks of Nigel Farage, Geert Wilders, Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo and the like, these people are driving their coaches and horses through mainstream politics. Personally, I love it. The thing to watch here is to see whether the traditional political parties are able to respond credibly and in ways which appeal to majorities. So far, not much sign of that, particularly if one looks at the abject nonsense being espoused by the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats at the moment. The same can be said for the SNP here in Scotland, of course.

      Again, whatever one thinks of the Conservatives, of all the mainstream political parties, they’re the only ones who seem to be responding to the seismic shocks running through politics these days and offering a shred of credibility – like it/them or not. That said, the Conservatives are far from perfect and for me the jury’s out on whether they’ll be able to govern effectively and responsibly in the One-Nation tradition after 8 June.

      But sure as hell, life under a Labour or LibDem government would be little short of catastrophic; ditto the SNP in Scotland if their past performance is projected into the future.

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      1. Yes I should have said “old politics today”. You are right about the Tories, they are (currently) more organised/with it, but again I still feel it is a means to an end rather than a fundamental shift in perspective. I agree that Labour and the LimpDems are a joke unfortunately as I would far rather see a strong healthy debate of real ideas, ideally on the foundation of sound economic and scientific principles. The Tory commitment to energy price capping is not a step in the right direction.

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  5. Edward Kerrigan · ·

    Excellent piece of writing. Living now in Scotland for three years, I love this country more than ever, but I’m dismayed at the way it’s being run, ( or not) as the case may be.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Edward. I share your point of view. I’ve been here on-and-off (mainly on) for over 30 years. Mrs Moraymint is Scottish. Children born/educated here. Scotland is a country with enormous attractions and potential on a whole range of levels. The Scottish National Party is a blot on the political landscape. The Party needn’t have been so, but Alex Salmond and, latterly, Nicola Sturgeon have a lot to answer for. It’s the SNP’s fantasy politico-economics that will sink them in the end.

      Scotland’s ‘brand’ – its history, its culture, its people, its social norms, values and beliefs – has survived 300 years of union with England (and Wales and Northern Ireland). There’s no reason to assume this will change anytime soon. It would if the SNP were to win power and so become instrumental in reducing Scotland to becoming a small, characterless region of an autocratic European superstate. It astonishes me that this is the SNP’s vision for the Scottish nation …

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  6. Douglas Brodie · ·

    It’s great that the SNP are finally going to get their comeuppance. The delicious irony is that it has come about because of their blinkered ideological love affair with the undemocratic EU and their attempt to use Brexit as a pretext for another independence referendum.

    My dream is that Angus Robertson, Alex Salmond, Pete Wishart, Stephen Gethins, Tasmina and others all lose their seats, then Nicola Sturgeon resigns her MSP seat and withdraws from public life and we never have to listen to that voice again.

    Even if the SNP hold on to the majority of Scottish seats, due to the unionist vote being split three ways, their vote share will be well below the combined unionist vote which will force their lying, cheating independence campaign off the table for the foreseeable future.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      The other great irony about politics in Scotland is that the voting arrangements were designed by Tony Blair’s Labour government to shut the SNP out of Scottish politics for ever and a day. That didn’t quite work out as planned. Oh, for the Law of Unintended Consequences …

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  7. Excellent post, and I very much hope Moray leads the way on 8 June and that soon people see the light about the SNP, who seem hell-bent on ruining a wonderful country!

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  8. David Hawk · ·

    Shared on Going Postal too.

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  9. Edward Hurst · ·

    Quite. Shared on Facebook.

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