Cometh the Day, Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Woman

In a few hours time the polling booths will open all across the land, and men and women everywhere will turn out to vote and put their X on the ballot paper to vote for their chosen candidate and party to represent their voice.

This General election has been like no other seen In Scotland throughout all our years as part of the political union.
For the first time ever, all eyes across Britain look towards Scotland, and they wait as much as we do ourselves to see what we have decided.
The future of the next Westminster government may well hinge on our decision.

The polls have been suggesting for quite some time that something remarkable is about to happen, they suggest a massive lead for the SNP, with Labours previously taken for granted cache of votes having dissipated faster than snow off a dyke in a heat wave.

Whether they are right or not, we will all have to wait and see. But what we can guess reliably at I think, is that the SNP representation will certainly be far in excess of their current 6 Mps.

Labour have been badly damaged, and the irony is, that they have by in large been responsible for their own dilemma through their own attitudes and inaction.
Labour has taken Scotland for granted for far too long, and they have talked down Scotland and our people one time too many.

Last years referendum, when Labour turned their backs on so many of their countrymen and women and jumped into bed with the Torys and LibDems with absolute glee has been the ultimate sickener to those who had continued to support them, even when they knew in their hearts that this new Labour was no longer the party of their parents and grandparents and of the ordinary worker.

This version, this poor pale reflection of the party of Hardie, Maxton, Bevan and Benn, had long departed and for all its mouthing of past glories, was no longer the party of social justice, but the party of the English shires, The City of London, and the yuppy class.

Oh yes, this Labour could make all the right social justice noise, but unfortunately their action and inaction when it came to delivering, instead contributed to the acceleration of growth in the rich/poor division. In the 13 years of Blair and Brown, that gulf in society grew far more than it ever had under Thatcher.

In the meantime, through their iron grip of councils and seats in places like Glasgow, for 50 years,they presided over some of the poorest and unhealthy blackspots in the UK, and they did absolutely nothing about it, they left the people to struggle and rot and die an early death.
Yet the misplaced faith and hopes of those they represented and who voted for them for historical reasons still clung on, hoping and praying that under labour somehow things would and could get better.

The three years leading up to the referendum were a real game changer, suddenly all those who had been hopeless and apathetic started to listen and learn, and then they became engaged with politics.
When they became engaged, they learned more and more, they found they had a voice, they found that they could speak out and others would listen.

Scotland in that time, became the most politically educated country Europe, if not the world.

When the referendum was lost, the expectation of many was that Scotland would go back in its box, and the people would go back to being passive voting fodder.
How wrong could anyone be?

Labour from having high 5’s with Torys on referendum night suddenly discovered that those they expected to vote for them without question, had not only questions, but a huge chunk walked with their feet. Some to the Greens, some SSP, a lot to the SNP, some to no party at all, but still politically aware and active.

Labour who hadn’t had to engage with the people for years, had no answer.

Meanwhile.. The SNP who had for a good few years been the real slightly left of center party in Scotland suddenly ballooned in membership to quadruple its size.

In place of Salmond came Sturgeon.

Where Alex had been seen as a rather marmite figure, either love him or dislike him, Nicola had no such baggage.
But what we could not have anticipated, was that she would suddenly appear to grow in confidence and stature far more than we would have thought.
What was very clear almost immediately was that she was not going to be in Salmonds shadow. She was and Is her very own woman and leader in her own right.
It is also very clear that she has her own distinct vision of what she wants for herself, her family, her people,the Country, and her party.

The most striking thing is her honesty, and willingness to engage with the people, something other party leaders seem to have forgotten, if they ever knew it in the first place?

Nicola doesn’t just talk, she listens. Once she has listened, she acts. No mealy mouthed platitudes from this lady. She does so with grace, and she does so with patience.
More than anything else, it is very clear, her people come first, scotland comes first.

It is for this reason, that women have become far more engaged with politics, it is no longer in Scotland a male dominated pass time. All of this can only be a good thing.
Instead of part of the population being engaged, the whole population is enthused.

We have hope where once fear ruled. We have aspiration where once lived despair. We have belief in ourselves where once was cringe.

We for the first time in 300 years… look forward rather than back.

Cometh the day, cometh the hour, cometh the woman.

And right at her back, and at her side…. her people, Us, We the people of Scotland..

Look out Westminster…..The Scots really are coming this time, and this time we wont stop at Derby!

However you vote in the next day… vote for positivity, for for your future and your childrens future, vote for what you believe, not for what you don’t believe.

I am voting SNP, I hope you will join me.

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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3 Responses to Cometh the Day, Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Woman

  1. YESGUY says:

    Another great post.

    Cracking read and straight to the point, we are engaged and now our votes matter. Like you i am a independent supporter and since Sept an SNP member. I never ever believed politics would matter or take so much of my time but as you correctly point out , we looked at what we were offered and found it wanting and for the first time in a generation we mobilised.

    The YES movement gave us the courage to speak out. Now with a new leader in Nicola we are on the move again. We are an unstoppabll force. I can’t wait for the results knowing as we do the huge support out there who think as we do. gets you giddy at times.

    And to think we are only just starting. Politics will never be the same now. And it will never be able to return to the staus quo. This generation will have an army of supporters and at last a real voice.

    Happy days ahead i hope . šŸ™‚

  2. jimnarlene says:

    I will not disappoint, I will be voting SNP. Always have, not through blind ambition; but as they now say “hope over fear”.

  3. Brian says:

    great post, and yes, my family…all 8 of us…have cast our votes for the SNP.

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