I’m feeling gobsmacked and more than a bit surprised. I didn’t see the snap election coming. Once again we have the Tory party putting the good of their party before the country. How many times did Theresa May say she would not call a snap election? And what was it she said about the Scottish Parliament’s democratic request for #scotref? “Now is no the time”. Well if we don’t know enough about Brexit’s implications now to hold a #scotref, we sure as hell don’t know enough to hold a General Election. I have never in my life seen a political party behaving with such casual disregard for the people in the country. It’s dystopian. It’s Orwellian. It’s just downright depressing.
Electoral Fraud. Let’s not forget about it. The Tories were given the largest fine possible by the Electoral Commision. They were found guilty of breaking the rules. There are 20+ cases still with the Crown Prosecution Service. And yet they are getting away with it. The evidence is compelling that they acted fraudulently and now they’re going to do it all again. Wonderful.
Brexit. That’s what this is all about. The Tories have to get their electoral win secured before the really bad news of how catastrophic Brexit will be hits the general public. There’s been a drip, drip drip of bans and financial services companies relocating functions and departments to within the EU. When this drip turns into a flood then the economy of the UK is in deep, deep, trouble. Only a starry eyed optimist would think otherwise. Will it run into a flood? Some commentators think so. The Tories are may be many despicable things but they are not stupid. They see the writing on the wall and are desperate to secure their power before the rest of the population reads it and blames them.
So where do I stand on this? This is Scotland versus the Tories. We can all be certain the Tories will win in England. They will once again be fraudulent (why not? it won them the last election and no-one went to jail) and Labour are not fit-for-purpose as an opposition party. So the Tories will waltz home. In England.
Scotland is a different matter altogether. As is Northern Ireland. In Scotland the unionist politicians could be made extinct. It will be a tough fight though as we can expect Trump-sized lies and chicanery in the media for the next 8 weeks. (yes – that includes the BBC, particularly BBC Scotland). Northern Ireland is going to be a problem for the Tories too as the Unionist parties will surely be rejected there. So quo vadis the *United* Kingdom? Do the Tories even care? I’m not sure if they do. I can’t remember as i type this if “The Great Repeal” Bill has been passed by parliament yet. If it has, this isn’t about a General Election is a coup d’etat. The Great Repeal Bill (oh was anything so badly and tragically misnamed) hands decision making on almost every aspect of EU law as it is brought into UK law to the Goverment. Read that again. The Goverment will decide what of 40+years of laws will be applicable in the UK. Parliament won’t be doing this. The Tory Government will. Still thinking the UK has a functioning democracy?
So, Scotland. As one very famous Tory leader said “There is no alternative”. She was right. But just a bit out of context.