While many unionist voters put their hands over their ears and go ‘wah, wah, wah’, there is an increasing realisation among supporters of independence of what a no vote could mean to Scotland and it’s not one of more control and a better society. The evidence is hard to dispute when it comes from the mouths of those in power, or seeking power, in London and from the electorate who will most likely choose our next UK government.
Take Boris Johnson. Please. Boom boom.
The London mayor and second favourite after Ed Miliband to be the next prime minister (more on Eds prospects later) commented in 2012, “A pound spent in Croydon is of far more value to the country than a pound spent in Strathclyde. You will generate jobs in Strathclyde far more effectively if you invest in parts of London.”
No, we don’t get that either but it’s an attitude that pervades those who ply their trade among the monied interests and corporations of England’s capital. Mr Johnson has also said “there would be no reason to offer Scotland more powers after a No vote”. Of course he’s absolutely right but this could be our next prime minister.
Tory cabinet member Priti Patel has stated that “a No vote would be a good opportunity to slash Scottish spending” and both David Cameron and Ruth Davidson have stated that Scottish funding will be reviewed after the referendum. A fail in Lovebombing 101. Given their history it would be naive to presume that the Conservatives gave a flying fuck about Scotland but it’s nice to have it confirmed in print.
So can Labour save us?
The evidence points to a big fat ‘aye, right’
During the debate with Alex Salmond, ex Chancellor and minor backbencher Alastair Darling couldn’t name a single job creating power that Labour would offer after a no vote.
Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves has vowed to out-IDS Ian Duncan Smith in terms of welfare reform, sure to feature heavily in the proposed public spending cuts coming our way.
The Labour Party in Scotland have deliberately misinformed and lied during the referendum debate. They have lied to everyone in Scotland, not just independence supporters. They didn’t take all the unionists to one side and say ‘look, we CAN use the pound but we don’t want that getting out ok? Mums the word, nudge nudge’. It took me two minutes on google to find that out. They lied and that’s just one example. How can you trust people who would lie to their own supporters; they more than anyone are responsible for the uncertainty and fear of undecided voters, their loyalty is not to the people of Scotland but to the party in Westminster.
Could Labour be elected in 2015? They are ahead in the polls at the moment but crucial factors still have to come into play. A no vote would likely see their seats slashed in Scotland as supporters of independence register their disgust with the parties pro union, pro Tory stance. A no vote would see David Cameron become the prime minister who saved the United Kingdom and would have the same PR value as a good old fashioned war. Coming to a middle eastern state near you soon!
So the answer is probably no, they won’t be in power.
The Liberal Democrats may offer some hope.
I jest of course. They are a political irrelevance and unlikely to feature in any government in next ten years.
All of the unionist parties are committed to austerity and a further 25 billion pounds worth of cuts to public spending. All are committed to a replacement for Trident costing up to 100 billion pounds (compare those figures; is it just me or is there a solution there?). All have promised extra powers which in real terms will mean an end to or reduction of the Barnett formula forcing a Scottish government to raise taxes or slash spending on public services such as education and health. All are under pressure from the people they regard as most important in this debate; voters in England.
The Future of England survey in April found that 56% of voters in the south wanted to see Scottish spending cut to the same level as England, a drop of almost £1400 per head. That figure rises to 70% counting only Conservative and UKIP supporters, the unholy alliance that many feel is the likely outcome of the 2015 election. 62% believe that Scots MPs should be barred from voting on English legislation.
Not looking good is it?
The government may create the policies but they rely on the support of their core voters and those voters want us punished. Labour abandoned their principles and ideals to appeal to the south east so what on earth makes anyone think they will protect Scotland from the skewed views of the deliberately misinformed citizens of England? The answer is they won’t; we will be collateral damage in the race to gain power because we as an electorate are not that important.
Almost everyone agrees that the pro union Better Together campaign has been utter pish; Yes should be on a par with the Norwegian sovereignty referendum (360,000+ for Yes, 140 for No. Not 140,000, 140 votes) but we’re not. The reasons are complicated but boil down to a single influence; the British Media.