Well the lackluster, pretty low-key, and somewhat boring Scottish Parliament Election happens tomorrow between 7am and 10pm. Postal votes are in (has Ruth Davidson seen them already) and hopefully voters will make the effort to get out and vote. It really is important to use your vote, no matter who you decide to vote for or even if you spoil your ballot paper, your opinion matters.
There really have been few highlights that stand out for me, the EU Referendum has grabbed the headlines in many cases and BBC Scotland (with support from the unionist print media) have done their best to try to split the SNP vote. Their agenda being very clear for all to see.
Manifesto names have been historically very poor come election time and this year is no different really:
The Scottish Liberal Democrats Manifesto ‘ Be the best again ‘, what a shit name.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionists Party Manifesto ‘ A strong opposition – A stronger Scotland ‘ conceding defeat before the vote.
Scottish National Party Manifesto ‘ Moving Scotland Forward ‘ uninspiring to be honest, Re-Elect is actually better but who am I to say.
British Labour in Scotland Manifesto ‘ Invest in Scotland’s Future ‘ should have with your taxes in brackets.
The Scottish Greens Manifesto ‘ An Economy for the people, a society for all ‘ not sure what to make of this one really, pretty positive overall.
RISE Manifesto ‘ Another Scotland is possible ‘ pretty good really.
On Manifesto names I would go for Rise in 1st place, Greens 2nd, British Labour 3rd, SNP 4th, Tories 5th and the worst by far the Scottish Lib Dems, shit name for a manifesto although the Tories ran them close.
What will the result be, I suppose it is pretty much how big the SNP win will be or will the onslaught from the media have done enough to split the vote and not give the SNP a majority. They would love that and it could come to pass that the SNP end up one or two seats short of a majority. I still think British Labour in Scotland will sneak second place, just. The Tories will finish third, they may increase their vote slightly but it will not be a revival but will be portrayed as one and the death of independence by the media. I think fourth is too close to call between the Greens and Liberals, the Greens might do it and relegate the Liberals to fifth place but the Liberals might gain a seat or lose a seat, either way they will make little headway and Rennie will continue as leader and the party will continue to be pretty much dead in Scotland like Labour and the Tories. RISE, like Solidarity, will not gain a seat in my opinion and Dugdale and Davidson will limp on to fight another day sadly.
How will I vote? I have decided on one of my votes but one is still up for grabs at this late stage, it might even go down to the voting booth tomorrow morning for myself for that second vote. I’m not saying how I will vote, I never do, but I will vote. I’ll also watch the results or some of them coming in.
Once the dust settles I will again get pissed off that our elected MSPs will have to swear an oath to the unelected Queen or an affirmation, these are:
The oath states: “I (Member’s Name), do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law. So help me God.”
The affirmation states: “I (Member’s Name), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Her Heirs and Successors, according to Law.”
Both are a disgrace in a democracy and any oath or affirmation should be to the Scottish people or those who live, work and vote in Scotland. I find the oath/affirmation offensive and it has to be changed at the first possible opportunity, probably have to be when we are independent given the amount of sycophants in the Unionist Parties. More concerned with kissing Royal arses than caring for the poor and vulnerable. But either way it will all be over tomorrow night at 10pm and I’ll be glad as it’s been pretty shite so far.