The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

The people of the UK have spoken - we want to stay British

by Andrew Morrison
article from Saturday 10, June, 2017

FOR THE LAST five or so years our Union has been under threat. It started with peak Nat in 2011, the inevitable referendum on Scottish Independence, the long gruelling three years of campaigning to save the country many hold dear to their hearts, and the three years of political stasis that followed.

The Nationalists have tried to argue Scotland and, to a lesser extent Wales and Northern Ireland, are drowned-out by England in the Westminster parliament. That Scots have our will thwarted, that we are politically dominated, and should go off on our own mission.

I know many will be disappointed by yesterday’s UK-wide results, but actually, this could be a key factor in healing our United Kingdom. 

Firstly, the UK is having another Conservative government – only thanks to a resurgent result in Scotland with a bumper 13 seats, without which Theresa May would have great difficulty in staying on.

Scotland had a very decisive and clear input into this election. And this needs to be stressed. 

The SNP made no gains when at the beginning of the campaign it had voiced its intent of taking the remaining three seats it did not hold. Instead it conceded ground to all three main unionist parties, losing twelve seats to the Conservatives (now at 13), six to Labour (now at 7) and three to the Liberal Democrats (now at 4) – with the Unionist/Nationalist vote share splitting 63:37 rather than 50:50 in 2015.

Also, Northern Ireland will have its say and impact on the business of government for the first time, at a time when political instability has reared its head over there again.

Likewise, support between Labour and Tories in Wales remains balanced, again ensuring that nation has its say.

There are big positives here – Scotland has a healthy plurality of party representation again, a sizeable number of Scots have voted for the Government of the day and representatives from all of the home nations will have significant influence on the government in the coming term. The irony is that some Labour voters in England may bemoan they have a Conservative government they didn't vote for due to resurgent Scottish and Welsh Conservatism.

All of this is completely to the contrary of what Sturgeon & Co have been arguing for many years now. 

Nationalist movements across the UK have had a bloody nose, and regardless of whether you're a Labour or Conservative voter – and have your own particular views on specific aspects of policy – this should delight everyone who loves our country as it is.

 

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