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The (G)nats will soon be biting.

2011 May 7
by Gordon Reid

The Scottish National Party has just won a majority of seats in the Scottish Parliament, a first real majority since that Parliament was resumed, after its 300 year break. This is a fascinating moment in British and Scottish political life.

I once voted Nationalist in the 1960′s when they were dubbed “The Tartan Tories” by the Labour Party, but then I educated myself and returned to voting for what was then called “The Conservative and Unionist Party”. Of course, the Union referred to was not that of Scotland and England, but the union of Northern Ireland with the rest of Britain.

Be that as it may, I think the time has come for the Scottish Tories to revive the title and proclaim themselves proudly as the Unionist Party, and this time mean the Union of the whole United Kingdom. Since on most social and fiscal policies, the Nats are further to the left than the Labour Party, this should be a jolly time, when the Tories can watch them fight among themselves, while supporting the British Government’s Conservative/Liberal coalition and applying its policies to Scotland.

The Nationalists’ aim is to cut the tie with England, and instead become ever more part of the European Union, including abandoning the pound and converting to the Euro. (This may be a rare glimpse of that weird phenomenon of the rats climbing aboard the sinking ship!)

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  1. Emlyn Williams permalink
    May 13, 2011

    Dear Fr Gordon,

    What would you say to a pan-celtic grouping trying to renegotiate the deal with the English? Perhaps with all the “British Isles” where HM is soon to go? The UK and Ireland are a regional grouping much as Benelux with as much common history. Just a thought. All best wishes, Emlyn PS Louise has bought a flat in Cornwall! E.

  2. October 6, 2011

    I’m a bit torn between my dis-ease with the Nats’ right wing element (from the former Scottish Party) and with the republicanism of the Scottish Socialists, but I tend to gun for the SNP in electoral politics, as I do for Plaid and Sinn Féin.

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