An open letter to Scotland’s right-of-centre voters

An open letter to Scotland’s right-of-centre voters

by Jonathan Stanley
article from Monday 26, November, 2018

WELL HERE WE ARE, just as I predicted 18 months ago. The one thing more miserable and ignoble than the surrender document Theresa May waves at our nation is the activity of those Scottish Conservative MPs telling us defiantly that there is no other deal and that no deal would be a disaster.

Do you want to be judged as utter charlatans?

Each of you stood on a platform to deliver Brexit. No ifs, ands or buts. Each of you were “fast-tracked” and installed in place by unelected party officials and so your mandate rests SOLELY on your manifesto commitments. You do not have selection results to fall back on, to say you are doing what is best for your constituents.

The message was clear. No second referendum on independence – and delivering Brexit.

Regaining control of our waters was talismanic of Brexit, the acid test. Not because it is such a huge part of our economy, but because it has absolutely no link to any other part of the EU project. 

Some MPs protest that the SNP want to take us back to the CFP. No, you do. From March 29th 2019 every fish stolen from our waters is because you have signed it over to Brussels for nothing. 

So often we have been waterboarded by bogus economic claims. That for every pound of trade outside the UK, Scotland trades four pounds within it. Now the customs union is set to be locked permanent this can be dismissed.

It is simply irrelevant now because no argument can be made that the Anglo-Scottish border will be closed because the UK would have NO say in that whatsoever. How embarrassing. Like in Ulster, it would mean we surrender control over our borders formally. Spot checks for duty evasion yes, control no.

We are in a quandary though. We cannot choose our own candidates for Westminster. We are not trusted. We are not worthy. We also cannot defend the union economically now given May’s proposal takes all such levers away from us. We are left with the fact that the SNP is not good at governing Scotland. Ok fine. That is a party issue. It is simply not an existential one anymore.

This week we see again a pro-life anti abortion group banned from discussing social conservative issues on a university campus (this time it’s Glasgow University). Yes piecemeal retorts on free speech will be heard but let’s face it. How can we expect social conservatism to be supported by left-wing-blob run universities when that view has no representation in Holyrood?

We once had an education system based on reason, but have now returned to a prehistoric education where truth and authority are the same. Didactic, opinion-driven education for those who cannot read, write or add up means it is simply state-sponsored propaganda. So long as children are unable to weigh evidence, read what has been written for themselves and test claims made by teachers they are being conditioned, not educated. Where there was ABC and 123, we now have LGBT.

The truth is our party leadership has never accepted the result of the EU referendum. It bet the house on Remain and has scowled and schemed ever after. This is what results from charisma-heavy leadership and lacklustre compliant suits whose sole purpose is keeping their selection, based solely on the whim of the unseen.

The case for another party of the right in Scotland has always been there. It came close in 2011 to becoming reality. The only question now is to balance the risks and benefits of opposing sitting MPs.

To take three or four per cent is very possible, UKIP at its height took 8.8 per cent in a by election in Fife. Achieving three or four per cent would finish the bulk of the current intake. Obtaining six per cent at regional level would result in eight MSPs in addition to any Tories who won FPTP and list seats.

Indeed, unionists could win eight more seats if a second party ran, given the subtractive nature of the D’Hondt system. What loyalty is owed to a leadership that does not listen and rewards favourites and leaves its membership without a voice on anything?

The separation of leadership and membership is complete. Is that not a signal for something more… progressive? It would not be the first party to result from opposing a treaty seen as unjust and unrepresentative.

For nearly a century Fianna Fail dominated Irish politics. The split from Fine Gael is permanent. Those two parties are the product of pro and anti-treaty factions. 

Should Theresa May’s ignoble withdrawal agreement pass, they may well not be the last. 

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