“Misery Acquaints A Man With Strange Bedfellows”
Never did I think in all my days would I join any political party, I don’t believe they can generally be trusted! HOWEVER- Prime Minister Theresa May has become my own personal recruiting Sergeant! She galvanised me when she called her cynical General Election for the 8th of June 2017! Today I join the SNP- I voted SNP in both Parliamentary elections in the recent past, I voted Yes to Independence, I vote Remain in the Brexit Referendum! BUT I do remember waking up in May 2007, with two things on my mind:
- One I had a college graded unit exam (which I got an A in btw). I was bricking it!
- The SNP had the numbers to make a minority government in the Scottish Parliament-at that point I groaned- the SNP in charge WTF had happened!
I can take a retrospective guess, Scottish Labour was beginning to lose ground in a country where the Labour Vote was in the past ‘weighed’! Iraq was probably to blame- I voted Lib Dem that election! Having lost a school friend in Iraq, Labour had and does have blood on their hands! They got cocky and entitled, believing Scotland would always be theirs.
So fast forward to 2011, I didn’t vote for first time- I was not convinced by anybody and I was in hospital having my son! That said I felt amazed and in fact pleased the SNP won a majority! Despite not being a die hard nationalist- I have always been Scottish and a very very very distant second British! I want the chance to vote on Scottish Independence- that referendum campaign pushed me more and more towards the SNP and when Labour and the Lib Dems stood on a platform with Tories, I was done with the pair of them! I was with SNP in spirit if not by name!
Perhaps it’s Nicola Sturgeon who has impressed me most, a calm clear head woman of principle! The antithesis of Maggie Thatcher (the best and worst thing to ever happen to Scotland in years), Nicola is forthright, socially aware and above all not out for the modern day robber Barons! In the ensuing elections the SNP got my vote! In truth I believe the SNP have politicised a generation of Scottish people, into believing their vote matters! We have become one of the most politically aware nations in Europe. That was the independence Ref that did it, the positive view of an independent Scotland and the lack of mud slinging from the SNP side!
More recently I have made use of my local MP (Chris Stephens) when I found myself up against very unfair and downright under hand tactics! He provided the help and support needed, in all it gave me faith that maybe politicians are human after all (well some are- I have no idea what Boris is). The Tories have always been a true enemy of mine- the self serving bias towards wealth and the cabal of little Englanders have no place in Scotland. The Tory’s have stoked division and discrimination for years for their own political gain- austerity as punished the very people who DIDN’T cause the recession, their economic policy has been revealed as nothing more than an extension of their philosophical ideas (if your poor or disadvantaged it must be your fault). They have shamelessly exploited migrants to their own ends and landed us with a Brexit that Scotland didn’t ask or vote for!
With Cameron falling on his own sword we ended up with Mrs May, a woman whose voting record stinks- see below!
She is unfit to run a bath let alone a country, hand wringing with Trump and making capital out of a Labour Party mess makes her look like a snake in the grass! To tell Scotland’s sovereign parliament that now is not the time for a second Scottish Independence Referendum and then within weeks ask for General Election is breathtaking in its arrogance. When you have the Tories spouting nonsense about the SNP being obsessed with Independence and then in almost the same argument going on about Brexit like some madly obsessed teenager it is flabbergasting!
If Mrs May was a proper leader she would get on with the job of giving those Tax cuts to the rich and making women have to endure interrogations based on the conception of their 3rd child. Instead she’s making the most out of Labour’s internal chaos, whilst asking the people to return no opposition to Parliament because she wants unity! Is this woman a dictator in kitten heels? Our democracy depends on a robust opposition which the Labour Party just can’t provide! The Labour Party are dead in the water, Corbyn is just its undertaker, he’s a protester not a leader! He’s a shambles of politician having his strings pulled by a man like Seamus Milne, a public schooled Stalin apologist! With people like that in the Labour Party who needs the Tories!!!!
In conclusion I became a member of a political today to put my money and principals where my mouth is- I want a Tory free Scotland, I want a free democratic Independent Scotland for my children. Most of all I want a country and government that looks out to opportunities the world and its people offer rather than indoctrinating people with fear, intolerance and suspicion! I am a Scot, a European and a Human Being- neither the Labour Party nor the Toxic Tories represent me! Only the SNP tick those boxes!
Vote SNP, Vote for Scotland and Make a difference!