Well we are near the end of 2015, so first things first, Happy Christmas to everyone who has read this blog and a huge thanks for reading this blog. I know my writing isn’t the best, my grammar is the worst, my sentences cumbersome and incoherent at times, but I try my best and the aim has always been to blog in a way that I hear people talking about politics. I would like to thank Tris over at Munguin’s for his continued encouragement when I blog (we do really need to meet for a coffee sometime) and I would like to recommend Wings Over Scotland, Derek Bateman, Liberal Voice, Craig Murray, Scot Goes Pop and Munguin’s Republic for being excellent blogs and the most informative.
So this year has been a bit of a drama. The SNP continued to do well on the back of the disappointing referendum result, they have continued to do well overall in government but I think they need to pick a few fights and up the game a little. I would start with the joke that is the Scotland Bill, a fiscal trap that will see us all standing in quick sand and certain unionists cheering as we go down. This bill has to be rejected but I fear it won’t. The cuts to local authorities in the new year will result in substantial job loses, that might shift some votes but that was the unionists plan all along.
My own party, the Liberal Democrats, are a mess. From the near wipe out in the May elections, to Carmichael, to Clegg having no idea how to actually fight an election, and the disaster that was the coalition. Too many in the party would not be out of place in the Conservatives and we have failed to learn a single lesson from the near wipe out. I had high hopes for Tim Farron but his handling of the Carmichael affair has doomed the party for Holyrood next year and highlights that there are still too many at the top in the party who don’t have a clue. Willie Rennie has went from calling for a weekly resignation to a weekly enquiry and still continues to perform poorly, I appreciate there is little to choose from in Scotland but Willie will not encourage people to vote for the party if he can’t take a step back and come up with Liberal alternatives. The really sad part, for me anyway, is that I am convinced we need Liberalism but the party show little or no sign of actually agreeing with me. The NHS database is an ID card through the back door, Police Scotland has lost it’s local accountability, national testing has not been explained enough, the named person bill is pointless and the continued lack of an alternative to the council tax shows that the SNP need good opposition and we need good liberal ideas influencing policy but overall the Liberal Democrats have failed badly and have a long road back.
Labour unsurprisingly lost the election, I don’t think anyone with half a brain thought they could win. Miliband was never going to win, he came across as an entitled posh boy who had little or no idea about life, surrounded by either Tories in red or people full of hate, esp in Scotland. However, the near wipe out in Scotland cheered me up no end and showed that some Scots are at last waking up to the damage this party has done to our country for over a hundred years, they may have played a small part in the success of Project Fear but they lost their soul and I hope will never get another foothold in Scottish Politics again, there needs to be a new party of the left to provide some opposition but one with honor and some dignity. Corbyn’s election at least showed that some members had some balls but it will not lead to government and may break up the party, and I don’t care. I wish them all the worst and never ending diarrhea.
The Conservatives are now showing their true colours, the Liberals did hold them back a tiny little bit but not near enough. To cover up their continued failure to turn the economy around and their desire to re image society back to their preferred choice of a new Victorian Age they are attacking and punishing the poorest and most vulnerable. I thought Thatcher was an evil woman but IDS, Cameron and Osbourne put her into the shade. Those fuckers(excuse the language) are hell bent on returning us to the dark ages and sadly have convinced many in England with little that those with even less or a different language or colour of skin are the problem. They are taking what is ours and making it theirs and we continue to sit back and let them. We really need to become more like the French, grow a pair and take to the streets in huge numbers to voice our displeasure, we won’t because we are broken, and I don’t know how we fix ourselves.
The EU Referendum may come next year and while I tend to lean towards remaining I continue to be undecided. There is a part of me that hopes that England votes to leave, let’s face it our vote doesn’t matter really, just to punch Cameron right in the puss and let them see where their Britain stands in the world, it might just be worth the misery it will cause just to watch that prick squirm. I suspect though that it will a close yes and even if it’s a no will not result in another Scottish Referendum, the SNP look to have decided on a very slow approach to this issue now and that I feel is a mistake.
Rise I suspect will achieve little and the Greens will make a few list gains at the expense of Labour and the Liberals.
I will continue to be a YES voting member of the Liberal Democrats for the time being but the impending vote on all women short lists might just change that to be honest. Not against women in any shape or form, married two of them, but not at the same time, but all women shorts lists fly in the face of democracy for me, like the Lords and the Windsor’s, and where does it stop. Lists from BME communities, lists from the homosexual community, transgender lists. Not against any of those groups being selected as candidates, in fact would welcome it along with more real people and less drones, but not if it is not the members deciding who they want their candidate to be, not the party deciding the list based on gender for the members, sorry a step too far. I also hope to still have a job beyond April next year, that would be nice.
Anyway thanks for reading my crap on this blog, you all deserve a medal for getting through it to be honest and I wish you all a very Merry Happy Christmas and New Year, see you in 2016 so to speak.