Why did the chicken cross the road? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why is a bird in the hand better than two in the bush? All very important questions for somebody I am sure, but would you make them the main important issues to debate in a general election campaign? I guess most of you would not,and yet this or the equivalent is what the major Westminster parties appear to be doing and squabbling about.
Full Fiscal Autonomy, Fiscal responsibility, Fiscal rectitude, uncosted spending promises,and who is going to cut harder than the other in the race to austerity.
the parties are full of it, the newspapers and broadcast media are full of it, and yet all it is as far as the general population is concerned, is a whole load of chicken shit.
To the ordinary man and woman in the street, all this cackling and clucking makes as much sense to them as a bunch of egg heads expounding on quantum physics.
It all makes for fine theater for political anoraks, but means precisely nothing to the lives of ordinary people.
The politicians and economists and media are all squawking away to themselves in their own little political bubble, while the rest of the populace looks on in abject puzzlement.
Real issues which affect real people are by in large ignored or spoken of in such a way as to be almost meaningless.
This may be why of course that Nigel Farage and his racist inward looking cronies have made any sort of impact with those South of the border, namely that at least they appear to be speaking something akin to the real language that people use.
Despite however obnoxious much of what Farage and company come out with, I suppose we do have something to thank them for. No matter whether or not it was completely unforeseen and not their intent, they have tapped into the people down South in a very basic sense, and the result has been that suddenly the cosy Westminster elite have had their feathers well and truly ruffled and it has contributed to a very quiet and genteel British revolution in politics, where no longer is it a two party three horse race hoovering up the votes and taking them for granted. The advent of multi party politics is now with us.
In Scotland we have seen our own revolution take shape, but in an entirely different form.
The two year long Independence debate has woken up and engaged the Scottish electorate like never before, but it didn’t stop there.
Suddenly, having got a taste for political engagement, and liking the taste of it, the Scots of all shades and shapes and gender have shrugged off their previous political apathy and found that they have a voice, and that voice is no longer that of our political masters, but the voice of the people, no matter on what side of the Independence debate they stood on.
Having found that voice, the Scots are no longer prepared to be put back into the box only to be brought out to put an X in the paper, without asking any questions,as mere voting fodder.
It is for this one reason alone that the complacent Labour party who ruled the roost for so long in Scotland find themselves facing a tartan tsunami.
The polls may or may not be accurate, that we wont know for sure until May 7th, but what we do know from them for sure, is that no longer can they or any of their unionist Westminster brethren count on monkeys voting for red, blue or yellow rosettes.
The Conservatives are almost all but extinct, the Liberal Democrats have thrown away their car keys and heading on the road to oblivion even faster due to their involvement in a toxic coalition, and Labour are like wingless Dodos dropping like a stone to the earth below.
The Golden Eagle of the SNP is flying high in the sky and Westminster is in its sights.
But they can not afford any complacency either. At this moment in time, because they are talking the language of ordinary people, and focusing on social justice, and combating the great Austerity Lie, they have support both from outwith their own party,and by a hugely increased membership, who see them as Scotlands best bet to speak out for us.
But they must be seen to follow through once they get to London, otherwise they to will face a backlash. It is a great responsibility they have on their shoulders, but it is one I am sure they will relish.
While the Westminster system sees Red Ed and Blue Cam squabbling over who will rule the roost. The egg man Jim Murphy has been sacrificed for Sunday dinner with his feathers plucked by Labour in London, the pretense of there being an autonomous entity called Scottish Labour has been well and truly been debunked.
For all Jims squawking and strutting about like banty rooster, he has found that he is not cock of the walk but well down the pecking order, and his goose has been well and truly cooked…
So too has Labour in Scotland, the chickens have all come home to roost, and at last it is the real people of Scotland who no longer have all their eggs in a Labour basket who have something to crow about, and will ruffle Westminsters feathers by sending a battalion of SNP MPs south in a matter of a few weeks time.
Scotland may not have achieved Independence in the referendum, yet somehow out of it, we are already looking at a very different country…..and it feels good!