Showing posts from March, 2020

Does the Scottish Government have the power to put the country on lockdown?

Boris Johnson was quoted last week on ITV's This Morning toying with the idea that we should perhaps just allow the Coronavirus to pass through the population.  He told Philip Schofield, "perhaps you could take it on the chin, take it all in one go and allow the disease, as it were, to move through the population, without taking as many draconian measures." While countries around the world close their borders, cancel flights, shut down schools and ban mass gatherings, Johnson and the UK's Tory Government decided to do nothing. Only last night, Johnson decided to follow Scotland's lead by banning mass gatherings.  Even the state broadcaster, the BBC used the phrase "will follow Scotland's lead."  Surprising?  Not really.  It was inevitable that Johnson's ageing core support would react badly to Johnson's inaction.  He only changed course because he has realised that it would damage him politically. Telling people just to keep calm and

Coronavirus strengthens the case for an independent Scotland

It goes without saying that many of Scotland's powers are reserved to Westminster.  The Scottish Government has limited powers over matters of national security and issues that effect the well being of the nation in general. Whilst it is true, that the Scottish Government does have power to implement strategies to improve the outcome for the citizens of our nation, and we have the best NHS in the UK to prevent fatalities, it cannot be denied that our abilities to protect against the spread of the virus are hindered by the union. This is one of those situations where you really have to weigh up what's more important to you.  Is the threat of economic doom so worrying that you'd rather risk the lives of your elderly relatives and loved ones?  Or would it be worth considering that we should take the well informed decision to take matters into our own hands, like every other normal independent country in the world? The UK Government regularly threaten people in Scotlan

Using the list vote wisely at the 2021 Holyrood elections

It is has been suggested by many commentators that if the Holyrood elections in 2021 were to produce a pro independence majority, that the mandate for an independence referendum would be beyond all doubt.  Some SNP politicians, such as Angus MacNeil MP and Councillor Chris McEleny have even suggested using the Holyrood elections as a proxy indyref - that simply delivering a pro independence majority would become a mandate to declare independence if the UK Government continue to refuse consent for a referendum. Either way, it is vital that the yes movement delivers a convincing pro independence majority in 2021.  If we were to have a repeat of the result in 2016 - it may be interpreted by some that support for independence has stalled.  Rather than simply maintaining one, we must increase the yes majority. Turning 751,770 wasted votes into 10 more pro independence seats would be useful right? in the 2016 Holyrood elections, that's how many votes were used in list areas where