I think most people in Scotland wouldn’t. Nor would we have much faith in their Brit Nat pals in the Labour and Lib Dem parties. After all they didn’t exactly keep to the promises they made in their infamous vow during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.
Yet according to most of the mainstream media (and especially the Tory propaganda machine formerly known as the BBC), we are to believe it’s only Nicola Sturgeon’s intransigence that has stopped her signing a deal which will see Westminster take control of powers which should be reserved to the Scottish Parliament – and only for seven years! Aye Right!
Apparently because the Welsh First Minister has caved in and agreed (while strangely announcing his retirement only a few days earlier) the Scots should do likewise. All the press coverage was on the SNP refusing to agree terms and not why was Westminster wanting take away our Parliament’s powers. The pending retirement of the Welsh First Minister also seemed to come out of nowhere – was he pushed? I suppose we’ll only find out once he releases his biography, but there is some speculation on why his Labour party have agreed to all the demands made by Theresa May’s Tory Government.
Many of us believe that the current Scottish Parliament is inadequate and doesn’t have the full powers necessary to transform Scotland into a vibrant and fairer society so why should we give up what limited powers we have! After all didn’t all the Brit Nat parties boast about Scotland having the most powerful devolved parliament in the world?
If the Tories get their hands on the powers of the Scottish Parliament then they will ride roughshod over the wishes of the Scottish electorate and try to bring Scotland back into line with Westminster policies. This could mean:
- the Scottish countryside opened up for fracking;
- the right to buy re-introduced;
- the bedroom tax re-introduced;
- Police numbers slashed until we end up with a rising crime rate similar to what is happening in England;
- prescription charges re-introduced (currently £8.60 in England);
- privatisation of the Scottish NHS;
- student tuition fees re-introduced (up to £9,000 per year);
- GMOs allowed in Scottish farming and so on … the list is virtually endless.
Instead of having a Parliament in Scotland defending Scottish policies we will have to rely on 35 SNP MPs plus hopefully 4 Plaid Cymru MPs to somehow overturn the votes of 611 Brit Nat politicians intent on showing the Scots that our Parliament is secondary to Westminster.
The solution is simple. Independence. Let’s all work to make this happen.