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Scottish Democracy Meets X Factor

In the recent Scottish referendum 44% of voters said “Yes” to an independent Scotland. In contrast 56% of voters said “No” with the general understanding that this rejection of independence was conditional on further powers being devolved to the Edinburgh parliament and government from their London counterparts. The promise of so-called “devo-max” in return for a majority unionist vote was made in a very public last-minute pledge by the leaders of the main British political parties: prime minister David Cameron MP for the Conservatives, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg MP for the Lib Dems, Ed Miliband MP for the Labour Party – and Gordon Brown for… er… um…

Anyho, since the defeat of the Scottish bid for independence Downing Street and Westminster have pretty much returned to business as usual with the concerns of the Scots as just another ball to bounce in the ongoing games of the metropolitan elites. While the people of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness thought it was all about Scotland the London establishment knew that it was all about England (Little and Greater). So annoyed has Gordon Brown become of this politicking that he has now started an online petition for voters living north of the Anglo-Scottish border internal administrative boundary line. The objective is to amass tens of thousands of signatures in the hope that this will pressurise the, er, “oath-breakers” into upholding their pre-vote pledges.

So after two years of campaigning, political debates and one of the largest referendum turn-outs witnessed on the island of Britain, the best the Scots can hope for is a response to a begging letter email to London? Why bother with the expense of a plebiscite in the first place? They could just have had a TV phone-in poll. Indy Factor? Britain’s Got Unity? Throw in a pythonesque presenter from Kirkcaldy and you have perfect tabloid television fodder.

4 comments on “Scottish Democracy Meets X Factor

    • I’ve seen reports along similar lines from both camps. Though I’ve no doubt that mistakes did happen and that partisan feelings were evident in some places I think it beyond question that the referendum was fair. As these things go it was one of the better examples of how democracy works, even with the shenanigans of the British news media. I think all sides deserve some credit for that.

      That said if the SNP, etc. expect to win the next round they need to sort out the questions of currency, etc. And the media in Scotland. A Scottish public service broadcaster is a must before the next referendum. Or election, to be honest. Edinburgh should make that a condition of the talks with London.

      Not that real talks seem likely now. Down Westminster way Scotland is yesterday’s news.


  1. I think this is worth at least considering, after all justice has to be seen to be done …


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