In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king, and so it would appear to be, or have been, when Gordon Brown came up with grand wheeze called the “Vow”, and persuaded a significant proportion of the Scottish electorate that this elixir was the answer to all their ills, and remaining hogtied to Westminster was in theirs and Scotlands best interests.
The “Vow” was promoted as being Super Duper Devo Max Plus, or Home Rule, or near Federalism by Brown, his media mouth pieces, the BBC and the Daily Record. It was of course non of these things. Instead it was a worthless scrap of paper on the Daily Records front page, purportedly signed by all the major Westminster party leaders and prime minister.
For those with eyes that could see, they saw it for what it was, a pile of junk which promised nothing, and would deliver even less. The Empire had no clothes.
Look carefully at its wording once more….and see what it promises in the cold light of day.
lets put this another way…
Now that Gordon Brown has been brought out again with Labour struggling in the polls with the “Vow 11” …an even better version of the original which promises more or less exactly what the first “Vow” promised with a couple of wee tweaks…..If you buy that rubbish again…well there really is no hope for you.
As George W Bush once famously misquoted. ‘Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.’
or lets put it graphically in another way..
Make no mistake, after the referendum, many people had their eyes opened to the worthlessness of that Vow.. The Smith commission set about watering down expectations, then Westminster watered these expectations down even further, to leave much of the meager rations unworkable.
Meanwhile Scots in their droves joined the SNP, the Greens and the SSP, with the vast majority tripling the SNPs membership.
The winners became the losers, and the supposed losers became the winners.
As we gear up to the Westminster General election in 90 days time, the polls have been remarkably consistent in showing a massive swing to the SNP from Labour in Scotland.
The Tory peer Lord Ashcrofts poll has merely confirmed graphically what these other polls have been suggesting.
The panic is now evident in Westminster, the duality of Labour and Tory governments is now seriously under threat like never before..The people have woken up, and they are are rising.
In England the Tories are under fire from UKIP, Labour and the LibDems are being contested by the Greens.
In Scotland, the SNP are threatening to whitewash Labour.
But do not be complacent.. make no mistake, and keep your eyes and ears wide open, read between the lines so that you can spot the spin and the lies, not just from Labour and the Tories, but from their media mouthpieces.
The Tories tell everyone that an SNP win in Scotland means the SNP propping up a lame duck Labour government.
Labour spout that an SNP win ushers in a Tory government, and only voting Labour can stop it.
Both claims are utter drivel, the SNP will not enter a coalition with Labour, but they will exact as much as possible for Scotland from them, on a vote by vote basis.
Voting SNP will neither help nor hinder the Tories winning a majority, nor will voting Labour in Scotland…we have seen a maximum number of Labour Mps elected in Scotland many times, and that has not prevented a Tory win, namely because England has a far . greater number of MPs than Scotland.
In every occasion that Labour have had an opposition, they have been worse than useless in supporting the working poor. They either have supported the Tories or abstained on things like the bedroom tax, austerity,welfare cuts, or trident. Their interests are not for Scotland nor their constituents but for their own personal gain.
If the referendum should have taught you anything, it is this… These two parties are Janus faced, two sides of the same coin. They would both rather that the other was in power rather than have their cosy stitch up compromised.
The Red Tories and the Blue Tories will pledge, promise and vow anything to retain power, and forget about their promises as soon as they are re elected as government and opposition.
Their tame establishment media puppets and political chatterboxes will do everything to remain in their favour, and will spin whatever they are told without question.
You have a voice, use it!
Why should you been continually punished for their lies and excess, and watch the rich cream off the top, while you get sold down the river, and this applies to all, not just the poor.
Do not believe the supposed polls either, these things change faster than the prevailing wind…If you want change…engage and use your voice, and don’t get sucked in.
“These two parties are Janus faced, two sides of the same coin.” More like cheeks of the same arse.
It’s good to read your blog again.
Glad to see you back and writing well,thanks Rod