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Response to Bad Dog (Reply #56)

Wed May 11, 2016, 07:42 AM

57. In the Scottish context, "bothy parties" isn't inapt!

You must have been listening to or reading very rarified quotes from Salmond and Sturgeon, filtered through our delightful media. It suits them to frame it that way as they can then avoid addressing other issues and people like you who might be natural allies on many issues are alienated.

A not insignificant number of SNP supporters are English, living in Scotland. The likes of MPs Mhairi Black and Tommy Brennan (at one time Assistant General Secretary of Scottish Labour) have hardly been silent on class issues. The ire is directed at Westminster and the sort of centralization that was promoted by Thatcher and perpetuated by every UK government since. That sort of disquiet isn't restricted to the SNP. It's just in a better position than any regional assembly to kick up the traces, and hence is a threat that must be neutralized (like the old GLC and Strathclyde Regional Council - both abolished because they were too much of a thorn in the side of Westminster).

Bollocks to it suiting the SNP to have a Tory Westminster.

You think we enjoy having to constantly dip into our resources to compensate for the austerity measures we're not willing to inflict on more vulnerable people in Scotland? You think we enjoy having the Tories' one MP in Scotland lording over it as Secretary of State for Scotland, presiding over a Scottish Office we have to finance, and whose main reason for existence seems to be to thwart the democratic will of our parliament, the previous incumbent having gone so far as to try to smear Sturgeon with the very same "they're Pro-Tory" lines you're coming out with here on the eve of the 2015 general election?

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