To put things in perspective I work a lot in England, for an English client.
I love that client and I have no intention of undermining them in any way.
Now, that, to me, is a pretty good comparison to how the SNP has to carry itself.
OK, England is not the client, but it IS the paymaster. And so the SNP has to respect that (as part of this Union).
The Mail/Telegraph axis of madness that paints the SNP as some sort of border rieving marauders intent on bringing down the “English” is simply nonsense.
In Scotland we had our chance at Independence in September 2014 and we categorically voted no in one of the biggest electoral turnouts in recent UK political history.
We argued black and blue on both sides and the SNP lost.
We’ve dried our eyes mate.
But only 9 months later here we are again at the ballot box with a monumental SNP wave of popular support; only this time that support appears to be polling at over 50%.
The fact is the SNP campaign has reeled in No voter after No voter. Not because they have changed their minds about Independence (they’ll still vote No and I suspect some, maybe many, Yes voters would now vote No too) but because they have bought into the impassioned argument for progressive left wing politics. Call it socialist if you like. I call it inclusive as opposed to the Tory exclusive politic which is about me, not we.
There is much global and wise economic theory that suggests austerity has been a bad call and that slightly more expansive public spending grows economies. (And let’s be clear about this; the SNP’s anti austerity policy isn’t about bravado it’s about modest expansionist fiscal policy. TBH I don’t know if that’s the right word but it’s the right sentiment.)
At the end of the day though, what a vote for SNP is, is a vote for a socialist Britain. A fairer, more progressive way of tackling policy that Labour need their arse kicked over.
I have despised Labour since Tony Blair took the reigns. I DO NOT despise Ed Milliband I just feel he is caught up in the Westminster rhetoric and the inability to escape neoliberalism because he is too busty playing chess with Cameron.
The SNP can free him from these horrible shackles. It will be like therapy. A wee spa break for the next five years when he , as PM, can get back to what made him proud to be Labour in the first place.
Tomorrow the game changes and I do not believe it changes with a need for a vote for Scottish independence.
It changes with the escape from neo-liberalism.
Scotland will benefit from that, not at the expense of, but to the benefit of, the entire UK.
Unless money is all that matters to you.
If it does?
I am talking shit.