There has been so much gloom and doom, so much that is mud and we have been so caught up in the mire of Grangemouth, Unions,Westminster, Scottish and Local politics over the past few weeks that it is hard to know where to begin, or what to make of it all?
I will address Grangemouth in a seperate article, so first let me begin with Dunfermline and yesterdays By Election for the Scottish Parliament to replace the disgraced former SNP MSP Bill Walker.
The people of Dunfermline duly voted, but hardly in their droves as only 42% of the electorate bothered to come out for it, which is 10% less than turned up for the corresponding election in 2011, which the SNP sneaked by 509 votes.
Labour duly won this with a swing of 6.94% from the SNP with just about the same number of votes that they had received in 2011 when 10% more of the electorate had bothered to turn out, which represents either the full Labour vote in the area had turned out, or they were getting a helping hand elsewhere.
On the face of it there was nothing too surprising about this result, It was always going to be a huge ask for the SNP to hold this one given the circumstances previously and certainly Labour made the most of the mud slinging over the disgraced former SNP MSP.
I was hearing reports through the week that the SNP knew this election was lost, although they made a valiant effort to hold just the same.
What gave them hope was the sheer ineptitude of the Labour candidate and the dishonest leafleting by Labour where they laid claim to a whole host of SNP achievements and policies. Even so, Labours answer to Sarah Palin finally won through by 2800 votes. I am sure they enjoyed their subsequent Tea Party with their better together pals.
As I have said, there is nothing too surprising about this result in itself, but perhaps what is of more interest is the other reports surrounding this, and some of the recent council by elections, namely that Better Together have been combining and canvassing for Labour in order to thwart the SNP. This conflation of the Independence question with local and Scottish politics is dishonest in the extreme, and the last people to be served by it are the Scottish electorate themselves. In effect, to hell with what people need or want, to hell with local issues, to hell with serving the people. The whole motivation of these political parties is their own survival, the continuance of the British political system with its inequalities, and sod all to do with what people actually want or need.
Jackson Carlaw the Scottish Tory MSP and some Labour people were crowing about how some Tory voters in Dunfermline were voting for Labour! They may be very proud of their achievements and success in doing so, but it is a false victory and a false dawn.
We have seen how these parties have combined and worked together to run councils where the majority party has been the SNP, Stirling council is one example of this. By thus combining they get to inflict policies which are alien to most Scots and support Westminster policies.
I have said for quite some time that there is barely a fig leaf between Labour/Tories/Libdems in their right wing policies of Westminster, thus the Royal Mail sell off, the Bedroom Tax and a whole host of socially unjust measures that they all support.
Now that they barely disguise how much better together that they really are, why don’t they just go the whole hog and combine into one party, It would save those elsewhere in UK from even bothering to vote. Although by the looks of things, the majority of the populace has already come to that conclusion by their absence at elections, and lets face it, honesty is a foreign country to these politicians and parties.
The lessons that the people of Britain are learning today is that there has been a new class introduced into the British Class system, and that class is the Political Class, and guess what….they are all that matter, to hell with the people and to hell with society, there is no such thing as society as Thatcher once announced.
I have some news for the Better Together party…..you may win some minor skirmishes by these dubious tactics, but the war is still to be won, and reports have come my way that a significant number of the Labour voters in Dunfermline were canvassed, and they are voting YES !!
These Parties( or should I say Party singular?) have continuously failed to recognise in amongst their dishonest machinations that the Independence question is NOT about party politics, it’s about the right to have self determination, it’s about what is right for the peoples of Scotland, not what political party you support.
Until they begin to acknowledge that it is NOT all about them….then they will have lost. When the populace turn out in their droves to vote on September 18th next year, we will hear the silent majority loud and clear….and I have every confidence that majority will kick Westminster into touch and these charlatans with it.