Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Will the Election of a UKIP MEP have an Effect on the Independence Referendum?
What an interesting few days. In case anyone has been living in a Hebridean cave for the past 48 hours, the news is that UKIP have secured a seat in the Scottish European elections.
On social media the left-wing of Scottish politics are shaking their heads in disbelief, whilst those who voted UKIP are labelling racist and the new MEP called ‘a racist, pinhead, hate-mongering fascist’. Few take the trouble to investigate the reasons why so many voted UKIP - insults are so much easier aren’t they?
Alex Salmond blamed the BBC for beaming extensive coverage of Nigel Farage into Scottish homes. He’s quite obviously hell-bent upon completely alienating the UK voting 10.4% of the population with such a stupid remark.
For years I’ve been suggesting the SNP change their policy on the EU and that there was a considerable amount of the electorate who also thought the SNP’s rigid stance on the EU was unacceptable. The least Alex Salmond could have done was offer the people an In/Out referendum on EU instead of dismissing the pleas, whilst stating UKIP was an irrelevance north of the border.
Some senior Tory and Labour strategists said they thought this was a major error as they believed some of their supporters had subsequently voted tactically for UKIP to give Mr Salmond a political bloody nose ahead of the referendum campaign. I disagree. I suggest the majority who voted UKIP were voters who are strongly anti-EU and had nowhere else to go, because the SNP wouldn’t listen to their protests.
Will this result have any effect upon the independence referendum? Who knows. It appears David Coburn - the new UKIP MEP - is keen to be part of the Better Together campaign. That could work in the Yes campaign’s favour as it may sway some floating voters towards a Yes vote, but Alex Salmond and his party will have to stop insulting UKIP voters and begin to understand not every Yes supporter is content to be corralled into the EU without their voice being heard. It’s called democracy.