*dusts off new hashtag*
It hasn’t quite taken me this long to stop bouncing after this morning’s announcement – so much for my “I don’t think this will be the big one” but then I don’t claim to be a political commentator.
A subject keeps cropping up in conversation recently; when the next IndyRef comes who will lead Better Together 2?
The UK politicians who signed the Vow have all gone, and as much as the media love its architect I think Brown’s ego is too fragile to risk heading a losing campaign. He’ll pop up like clockwork with the interventions he loves so much.
Darling has his ermine, as does Foulkes, McConnell, Menzies Campbell, Malcolm Bruce which I’m pretty sure even the British state would see as a disadvantage when discussing democratic matters
(As a matter of interest, Labour are the party have the highest proportion of Scottish life peers.- onwards comrades!)
Then we come to the current crop of Unionist MPs – Murray, Mundell or the Liar Carmichael?
None of them exactly set the world alight as public speakers. Fluffy interviews badly already, far to easy to anger. Carmichael – well he’s a liar and a LibDem (remember them?) and Murray ? The man can’t even support his own leader. The one Scottish Labour MP and he resigned as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. So much for putting country first.
So then there are the Holyrood leaders – Ruth, Kezia & Willie Rennie.
Ruth Davidson seems to be a front runner; she’s been on a war footing for over a year.
To be fair after Labour’s membership collapse – with the left going to the SNP, Greens etc, the right of the party does seem to be able to put a cross in that Conservative box quite easily. (and no I still don’t understand how life long Labour supporters can do that)
But having a Tory leading it wold just confirm the Unionist option, that to stay in the UK means another 10 – 20 years of Tory rule.
The only reason we have devolved government is because of the Council of Europe not Labour generosity. There are already talks of additional powers on fishing & farming being retained by WM after we leave the EU and at the Scottish Tory conference a fringe event on repealing the Scotland Act and abolishing Holyrood.
It may seem far-fetched, but how long ago did we think fringe events on privatising the English NHS and education system were ridiculous? This is how these policies start.
As much as she tries Davidson cannot avoid the link between Scottish Tories and their “mother” party. Every time she stands waving a flag on top of a tank – that’s patriotic not nationalist don’t cha know? – she stands for the current UK government. The one condemned by the UN for its treatment of the disabled and austerity policies.
*takes deep breath*
Christ sake. The knives are already sharpening in SLab. The question is how low are the party’s expectations for the May council elections. It’s obvious Sarwar is biding his time, are Findlay & Rowley too?
Whoever is Labour leader after May, would they platform with the Tories again? And even if they run separate campaigns they still are saying it’s better for Tory rule than self-rule.
Then we have Willie Rennie. Oh god *rubs temples*
Hold on, I forgot one party leader – Coburn.
So moving on
Blair McDougall the man who admitted they would have struggled to win without ‘scaremongering’?
John McTernan? OH GOD, PLEASE LET IT BE HIM. Murphy’s main man would be a gift.
I don’t have a clue who they’ll go for. I don’t know if they do.
No bad pun this time, I can’t say I feel much like joking when it come to politics at the moment. (Admittedly the Biden memes have been a welcome distraction.) There’s been so much commentary being put out this week I haven’t had the heart to write anything.
So school holidays, germ infected house and possibly the greatest political crisis to hit the UK for decades (trying not to do a Theresa May here.) Is it any wonder I feel like I’ve become one with the sofa.
I have had to set a routine, because once I hit twitter that’s the rest of the day gone. So mornings now consist of me charging round like an idiot trying to get everything non computer based done, then stopping for lunch and trying to catch up on what’s happened so far. I’ve also just realised I decided on lasagna for dinner tonight because I can do it quickly between the debate and the vote this afternoon – seriously I need help or an intervention.
…another, well I’m not sure what. Omnishambles is so pedestrian for this. I think I’ll be blogging daily for a while because it’s the only way I can get my head around what’s going on.
(I also watched yesterday’s BBCQT from yesterday, that probably will get a post in its own right later on)