An Arse of a Farce

I’m feeling quite put out that my first serious participation in the Scottish Parliamentary Elections since moving from England back to Scotland 18 months ago has been effectively hijacked by ridicule and revenge, like a Monty Python sketch gone hideously wrong. The Scottish Government is run on Proportional Representation although for many years the SNP have pretty much been in charge, and the current First Minister of Scotland is SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon.

There was already a bit too much of a ‘People’s Front of Judea’ versus ‘Judean People’s Front’-style bickering and back-biting feud evident at the top of the Scottish National Party for my liking. And with the cringe-worthy news this week of previous ego-meister Party Leader Alex Salmond newly breaking away from the SNP in some sad little splinter faction, basically adding his brand new ‘Popular People’s Front’-esque ‘Alba Party’ to the indy-mix all on his lonesome, it’s become even more of an arse of a farce…

The question of Scottish Independence has been on the go up here for as far back as I can remember politically, from the 1970s and the indomitable Winnie Ewing who in her time has since served as a Westminster MP, a European Parliament MP, and also a Member of the Scottish Parliament. In fact, her son Fergus Ewing is currently serving as the cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism in the Scottish Government and is to be on the ballot paper again in our area for this next election. I might even give him my vote this time around, but I haven’t decided yet.

The thing is, I’m not a one-dimensional one-trick pony when it comes to my voting habits. I have no specific party allegiance and in my lifetime have voted for different parties, depending on the particular political landscape of the time, where I was living, and the personal bona fides of the candidates in question. Over the last forty years I’ve variously voted SNP, Liberal Democrat, Labour, and even Green Party on occasion. Never Conservative though, it’s never been a party that has spoken to me or for me, and I can’t imagine a time when it ever will.

I’d been so looking forward to the opportunity to have the choice of voting SNP again, but now it’s here I’m not so sure which way I’ll go. The dual economic threats of Covid and Brexit have together created a climate of need for political togetherness moving forward, a time of healing and soothing across the world, and right now I’m not sure what the best way forward for Scotland may be. So one way or another there’s lots for me to figure out in the next few weeks before finally making my mind up on May 6th…

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Figure

18 thoughts on “An Arse of a Farce

    1. I think there are far too many big egos in politics these days, but sadly puffed-up pride has proved to be a poor indicator of either personal or political integrity… 😦

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  1. I often thought that is what it must have been like in the old USSR. On the face of it, everybody united under the “communist” banner, but under the hood, all sorts of many cat-fights. In that way, I don’t see single-party politics as and much different to multi-party politics.

    I don’t much give a hoot about independence – broadly, I think we should all stick together but only as long as it is advantageous for everybody. Bbut the SNL should remember that they also have a country to run.

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    1. To be honest I’m ambivalent about independence – I can see the potential gains, but also the potential losses. In practice the SNP are far more than just the independence party, but that’s how they always seem to be portrayed and they’re not always very good at dispelling that view… Overall I think they do a good job of running the country for all of us, not just for the staunch nationalists 🙂

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      1. All I hear from what I saw is indepence, but I suppose that is because I consume London-based media. Having said that, I think Brexit was such a game-changer that there should be another vote on independence. But they could do with holding off as long as possible because I think Boris is doing a pretty good job for them already 🤣

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      2. Brexit is absolutely the game-changer – one of the biggest political arguments that helped swing the last referendum to remaining in the UK was the promise of guaranteed continuity within the EU – then Westminster took Scotland out of the EU anyway… 😦

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      3. The double standard is astounding… we’re better together as far as the UK is concerned, but we need to take back control as far as the EU is concerned… yeah, right, that makes sense!

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  2. I get your frustration. As an American… boy do I get your frustration. This is horrible of me to say, but… honestly, it kind of makes me do a sigh of relief to read about OTHER countries’ messed up politics for a change.

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    1. It’s sad, isn’t it, that it seems like borders are everything these days. But politicians of all parties should remember that they’re not playing games to look good, they’re toying with people’s lives and sometimes bad decisions cost others more than is bearable…

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  3. As an English woman living in England I dislike the idea of Scottish independence, I want us to stay a United Kingdom. I can’t see the advantage of going it alone, all I can see are more problems for both sides of the border, and surely we’ve all had enough already.

    Having another vote because some didn’t like the outcome of the last vote seems very wrong, it would be the same as people like me demanding another vote on Brexit because we didn’t like the outcome of the first.

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    1. Sadly it’s not as simple as not liking the outcome. One of the main promises made by the UK at the time was that if Scotland voted to stay in the union they had guaranteed continuing membership of the EU on into the future. And that promise swung a lot of undecided voters to vote remain. So for many Scots Brexit is a huge betrayal in more than one way. Taking the UK out of the EU has fundamentally changed the terms of that promise, hence the renewed calls for a second referendum. Personally I’m not sure that independence is the right way forward just now but I do feel the frustration of being effectively lied to as a nation, then being expected just to take it lying down.

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      1. That’s politics for you, it goes with the territory.

        I didn’t want to leave the EU and have never trusted Boris.

        Right now in midst of the shambles the EU has made of the vaccination programme. Not ordering vaccine until months after the U.K. and the slow roll out, plus the unfounded bad publicity it gave to the Astrazeneca vaccine, and threatening to block exports of vaccine is shameful and makes me glad that we’re no longer part of it. Phew!

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      2. That’s excellent news, I’m so pleased.

        Having had Covid, you and I will have loads of antibodies and like me you’ll feel safe again.

        I gave one of my daughters a big hug on Mother’s day, and invited her in to the house, we both cried with joy. a lovely feeling. And I no longer cared about the rules.
        Then I kept my distance from another because she had a simple cold! Couldn’t face catching it and feeling poorly again.

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