Wednesday, 23 March 2011
There's A Change In Scotland
There's a change in Scotland; not a vast change but significant enough to show that the Scots may be awaking to the domineering attitude of the UK coalition government.
The Westminster government's Alternative Vote referendum takes place on the same day as the Holyrood elections because it also coincides with English council elections.
In return the Scots seem to be completely disinterested in Nick Clegg's efforts to ensure his party are always in government, although the small sample I've polled - 23 people to date - say they will put a cross on the ballot paper. None will vote yes. When I asked why nobody was in favour of AV the answers varied from 'It's tinkering at the edges' to 'We need STV and we should have it in the Scottish parliament as well as for council elections'.
Some time ago in the Scottish blogosphere there was a suggestion that the Scots should spoil their papers and write 'Independence' across them, but when I've mentioned that to my tiny voter sample the answer was a firm no.
What is interesting about the 'av or 'av not referendum response in this part of the country is that it has some of the highest numbers of tory voters in Scotland and I know quite of few of my sample are tories. Unfortunately finding a libdem voter here is rather like finding a steak on the plate of a vegetarian.
My deduction, for what it's worth, is that slowly - oh so very slowly - is Scotland beginning to realise just how we are controlled by Westminster.
If I had polled my 'irrelevant' sample today I doubt if their opinions would have changed. Here in scenic Scotland the purchase of fuel is a necessity not a choice and it would be ludicrous for the Scottish government to subsidise the little public transport we have at present. As for Mr Osborne's actions on pensions - they don't apply to current pensioners so once again I'm ignored.
George Osborne wants anyone who will pay inheritance tax - should most of us be so lucky - to give 10% of their wealth to charity, then he'll reduce the tax accordingly. I sincerely hope all Scots, who have bestowed charitable donations, realise this is smoke and mirrors, but those who do have elderly parent(s) should let them know they may well fall into this group as the cost of property continues to stay stable here in Scotland.
How will I vote in Nick Clegg's referendum? No.