Perfectibility In Frozen Realms?
I wonder how much emotion will play a part when we finally in Scotland all hit the polling booth shortly. My head says vote to stay in the U.K. my political emotions tell me to get the hell out.
Legacy of Thatcher has lead to very out of step politics between the North and the South. Like the majority of urban Scots I am left of center in my voting habits yet this conservative administration lurches more to the right in the south.
Its indeed an issue the S.N.P have played on. The notion of Scotland as some egalitarian utopia under self rule is I think somewhat over optimistic. One example is the recent move in Scotland to have armed police officers carrying guns as a matter of routine while engaging in normal police activities. This fundamental and alarming change was made in a private conversation between the head of the Scottish police force and the justice secretary. But it seems to speak volumes with regard to the small scale nature of Scottish politics. Detached from the wishes and needs of the population and non-democratic.
The vexing issue of land ownership a ‘traditional’ and ongoing highland political issue and one the S.N.P (although its far from alone here) has been notable inactive, speaks volumes in regard to the rather close relationship of Scotland’s administrative classes.
David Cameron has at least had the sense to stay very quite on the issue as he is well aware he is a liability in the North as far as supporting the union is concerned. But that’s a far from comfortable observation to make.
Whilst I am not a fan of the conservative party and was pleased when they were wiped out in the North at first, its really not good for democracy when one perspective is so under-represented (we famously have more panda’s than we do conservative M.P’s) and power concentrated on one side.
I suspect this political lack of balance will be a strong emotional factor that’s going to play out heavily on the day, but who knows its such a huge decision to have to make and the debate has been appalling on both sides.
Rather daunting prospect.
Regardless of the outcome the mud fight is also going to continue regardless of which way the vote goes as no matter what we are going to see increasingly devolved powers in Scotland, which have ramifications for the political balance in the rest of the united kingdom. What you would hope to see is a more democratic U.K. with more devolved regional powers in England as well.
I would vote yes in a heartbeat just for the short term fix of getting shot of a horrifically right wing administration, nothing to do with any sense of ethnic identity. The only thing stopping me is the perspective that the legal fallout will take years to resolve no matter that it is in the interest of both countries to resolve uncertainty in a short time frame.
What alarms me the most is every time the no campaign opens its mouth, I find myself in strong disagreement. Its really gone for threat tactics, and the bias pro-union perspective from a London biased media, is naked. Its a position I agree with but that does not make it anymore pleasant to watch. Unbalanced, self- serving arrogant and condescending.
Unbalancing factor here is the way the media is so London focused, much to the detriment of the rest of the Island regardless of which flag you care to wave or which political strips you cover yourself in.
Thing I walk away from in regard to this matter though is just how poverty stricken the debate has been both in the media and from all the main political parties.
We are being asked to make a decision which will impact not just on Scotland but the rest of Britain and Ireland The poor level of debate and being asked to make such a momentous decision on such a poor evidence base, does not seem the best example of how a modern democratic state should operate in the 21st century.