Over the last month or so, as the SNP have been winning bye elections by margins that the other parties can only dream of, I have been seeing more and more of the One Party State nonsense, even from my own party the Liberal Democrats in the Liberator mag and other places. From the Spectator to Twitter, from Scotland2015 to the Daily Rancid to new pleadings from unionists to vote tactically again next year at the Holyrood elections to keep the evil one party state SNP out, it is really getting annoying and boring.
So for all the idiots, the trolls, and the many many journalist and opposition representatives from a variety of places and parties a one-party state is a country that uses a one-party political system, meaning only one political party exists and the forming of other political parties is forbidden. Some countries have many political parties that exist, but only one that can by law be in control, which is called a one-party dominant state(Wikipedia). SCOTLAND IS NOT AND HAS NEVER BEEN A ONE PARTY STATE.
As has been noted by many over at http://munguinsrepublic.blogspot.co.uk/ and on Wings the fact that the opposition in Scotland at this time are rubbish is not the fault of the SNP. I would really like the other parties to up their game, my own party have been publishing polls regarding GPs working hours and class sizes, both important issues for some people but offering no ideas on how to alleviate the concerns raised, just the negative points. I suppose the really stupid thing is that given how shit the rest of the parties are in Scotland we only have one party that appears to function. A wee suggestion to the others, start working with the government to find solutions to our problems rather than just adding to them.
For my own party, the Liberal Democrats, we need to really think about what we want to be, that will involve looking at what we stand for, and that should be working for the majority of people in this country and not the few, it should be about electoral reform, about devolving more power to communities, about facilitating the opportunities for people to grow, to live, to feed their families, to learn, to work . We need to talk less about the left, right and center and one party states, and talk about what matters to people, paying the bills, feeding their kids, providing the opportunities for the next generation to have decent life chances, idealistic I know but I think that is what people want to talk about and not the implication that Scotland is some form of dictatorship.