I watched a little of the Commons this afternoon and saw a little of the debate on John McDonnell’s urgent question to the Chancellor to make a statement on the changes that are coming as a result of the shambles that is the budget. Panic has set in regarding cuts to PIP (Personal Independent Payments), IDS’s resignation (which I don’t think has anything to do with the disabled personally), the constant re-tweeting of all of the names of those who voted for the cut on social media and the coverage, although weak, of the media has resulted in many Tory MPs experiencing a bit of a squeaky bum moment.
George Osbourne could not even be bothered to turn up and face the music himself but sent a slightly less offensive David Gauke, the financial secretary to the Treasury. Where is Danny Alexander when you need him, oh rejected by the smart voters in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey.
Anyway, while I was watching the pompous and somewhat silly John Bercow (Speaker) select those to speak and the equally unimpressive answers being given by Gauke, with help from Tory sycophant’s, I started to think that this Tory Government might just bring about the end of the UK as we know it. Osbourne will be determined to find his four BILLION in cuts somewhere. Now he may visit defence and some Government Departments again but really he is going to have to hit general social security benefits in the main to sort this. He might even be forced to very quietly hit older people in some ways.
Should this happen, the effects will be felt in already struggling areas and families, esp those in work but still poor, all over Scotland. I suspect that this will get even more of the NO voters to question their vote in the shorter term. While we may have the fixed Parliament Act I’m not convinced this Government will last to 2020. I also think that Labour, to try to recover in Scotland, will offer devo max in a future manifesto. We need to be ready for a snap election being called, a budget crisis may cause it, a vote to leave the EU, another banking collapse or the total collapse of the Conservative Party but either way, I would not have said this two weeks ago, they might not run the course given what we are seeing right now. The Government is in a shambles.
So for any YES voters out there, keep your arguments topped up, keep researching so when the next vote comes around we are ready to campaign and fight, we also need to keep convincing voters to vote for YES parties. We live in somewhat interesting and depressing times.
Just my opinion.