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British Election : Why the world needs to watch Scotland now!

Updated on April 23, 2015
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Growing up in a political family, Tessa joined her first political party at 14. Her interest in progressive politics & economics continues.

Sturgeon vs Cameron and Milliband

Right now, the mother of all political battles is going on between a wee Scottish red headed lass and all the power of Westminster. She represents we-the-people in the finest tradition of enlightenment while a union of the leading political (Labour and the Tories) parties does and says everything in its power to discredit her.

The Scots have risen: From the frying pan into the fire

Nicola Sturgeon took over from Alex Salmond after he famously resigned when Scotland did not win the referendum. And though some would acknowledge that the intense propaganda and manipulation by the establishment in the final week before the referendum was more foul means than fair, little could they have foreseen the dynamite that would ensure.

Enraged that Westminster did not carry out the promised Maximum Devolution promised to the Scots if they voted no to an independent Scotland and yes to the continued union of four countries – Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and England – the people flocked to join the Scottish National Party and votes swung from support for the Union to support for we-the-people.

The Scots have always believed in enlightened politics

The Scots were always the backbone of progressive politics. They wish to provide for all people – a free education for the young, financial and other support for the old and infirm, free and efficient health facilities for the ill, green energy for the future, and everything it has in its arsenal to support business, the arts, tourism, and the educational system. Summing that up in a more detailed picture, they want to rid Scotland of austerity, kick Trident, the nuclear submarine controlled by America, out of Scottish waters into the sea of oblivion never to rise again, and control her own National Health Services and Pensions.

So those are good things… What’s the problem?

In a nutshell, the problem is power and money of the old elite. Westminster gets more money from Scotland than it gives (though that’s one of its best kept secrets), will lose control of Faslane where Trident, the nuclear sub and some of the British navy are based, and will lose access to oil in the North Sea. Powerful motivation to keep Scotland in the Union, wouldn’t you say?

To get a better idea of the fears of the old guard, Pierce Morgan sums them up fairly concisely in the article (link attached to photo) above.

For those who aren’t familiar with the basics of the United Kingdom, it comprises four countries (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) who have been in a Union for the past three hundred years. During those three hundred years, the population of England has grown to such an extent that most people who are voting in elections are English. It is, therefore, no surprise, that the politics mostly support the English people and Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland tend to be losers. Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales all have their political factions who wish to leave the Union. Quite naturally, it is the country that benefits the most from that Union (England) that wishes to preserve it.

So who is Nicola Sturgeon?

Take Elizabeth Warren’s brains and clarity, lock them together with Thatcher’s drive and formidability, throw in Bernie Saunder’s experience and persistence, and then tie the whole package together with Mandela’s sincere desire for the well-being of all people and you have Nicola Sturgeon.

Forty five year old Sturgeon is First Minister of Scotland (read president or prime minister) as well as the leader of the Scottish National Party. Not only has she served as a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, but she has been an active member of the SNP for thirty years. Yes, she joined when she was sixteen! Sturgeon graduated cum laude in law from Glasgow University and worked as an attorney for a few years.

So there you have it - experience, education, brains, and a driving desire to see Scotland independent so that it can govern itself in the way it wishes to.

The Dirt!

Of course, there’s dirt! But the dirt is being dreamt up by the status quo. They’re doing their best to conjure it up out of thin air. The Scots are grabbing far more of their fair share, they say. It’s not a good thing to be a nationalist. Sturgeon is the most dangerous women in the U.K.

To those who are unaware of the power of a well orchestrated media blast, it works. Regardless of the truth, by repeating untruths over and over again, they become the

perceived reality about what the SNP is about.

Many of those previously misinformed by the hot air propagated by the media were stunned at the recent political debates between leaders. She was the only one who answered questions with common sense and quite clearly supported we-the-people. If the press grudgingly admitted that Sturgeon was the clear winner in all the debates, the internet spelt it out loudly and clearly so nobody could miss it.

In any event, every effort is made it make the dirt stick!

Coalition Government

As with many countries these days, there isn’t much to vote for. The left and the right seem united in their support of big business, the super rich, and more and more, the middle classes are shrinking and the rise of oligarchies is a common trend. This has meant that neither the left (Labour) nor the right (Tories) have a clear lead in British politics.

So there will need to be a coalition with some other party in order for there to be a majority vote in Parliament.

The runners for that bit of power are Ukip, a political party that wants to take the UK out of the EU (European Union) and stop immigration which it believes is overrunning British resources, the Lib Dems who are losing seats left, right, and centre, and the SNP which polls indicate are going to wipe out Labour in Scotland.

Sturgeon has repeated loudly and clearly that she will work with other parties to get rid of the conservative party in the United Kingdom and is willing to work with any party supporting progressive politics. Ed Milliband, the leader of Labour, has repeatedly said he will not ally himself with Sturgeon because he disagrees with her quest for Scottish independence. He weakens himself by doing so as polls are beginning to show that many Labour supports in England agree with the SNP manifesto, and they really couldn’t care less if Scotland was independent or not.

Milliband isn’t a bad guy. He sees the need to devolve power to local governments, seriously wants to better the National Health Services, and he is courageous enough to speak about a ‘mansion tax’ to ensure that the rich pay an additional sum of money to the government. He just isn’t prepared to get the help he needs from the SNP because they want their independence. Nor is he willing to pay the price Sturgeon demands – the elimination of Trident, the nuclear sub.

In the melee, David Cameron the leader of the Conservatives (Tories) has offered various bribes – no estate tax (inheritance) for people owning homes. has repeatedly stated that the economy has improved vastly under his premiership (and, indeed, for the rich, it has), that there has been an increase in jobs (zero sum and minimum wage), etc. It’s all very much like Republican rhetoric in the States.

To quote him, “"They're about realising the potential of Britain, not as a debt-addicted, welfare-burdened, steadily declining, once great nation, which is what we found. But a country where a good life is there for everyone willing to work for it." The problem as so many have found out, is that not everybody is able to work for it because we are living in a world where companies want to employ as few people as possible and where jobs are being computerised, robotized, and lobotomized faster than greased lightning. So while the rhetoric sounds good, it’s the same rhetoric that has bene going around for half a century, and we-the-people know that it simply doesn’t work that way.

Neither the Tories nor Labour have sufficient numbers to obtain a majority. As Sturgeon is demanding Trident shutting down as the price for her support, she has become ‘the most dangerous woman in British politics.’

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Conservative politics against Progressive politics

There’s a reason for the rest of the world to be watching this battlefield. For the first time in a very long time, a true progressive leader is at the helm of a country that could make a large impact on the rest of the world.

That’s because she is in a position of power and she has the voice and the hearts f we-the-people.

If she wins through at the next election, she has committed to not only steering Scotland along a road of enlightenment – necessary facilities for all and the well-being of the people the first priority, but to influencing English politics in that direction as well. When/if that happens, it is inevitable that the cord between America and the UK will weaken in some areas and strengthen in others.

And that’s why she is a global player.

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      Pimpernel59 2 years ago

      An excellent article. I must say that I found Nicola Sturgeon really impressive during the pre-election debates. She was so confident and at ease. Like many other sensible and reasonable Labour supporters I was heartened by her flat rejection of austerity but the sound of our jaws hitting the floor when Ed Miliband refused to work with her could probably have been heard all the way up in Edinburgh. I wish her and the SNP the best of luck in distrupting Cameron's plans though I also hope the union survives intact.