In June 2016, every one of Scotland’s council areas voted to stay in the EU. Today, 58 of 59 Scottish MPs voted against the triggering of article 50 and the exit from the EU, in accordance with the wishes of Scotland.
A UK government, roundly rejected at the ballot box in Scotland, with just one Scottish MP, who voted against the wishes of his constituency, will now force Scotland out of the EU.
This same government now seeks to do business with Donald Trump’s US government, spurning our closest neighbours and abandoning conventional wisdom in the process.
They will trade away the English & Welsh NHS to curry favour with the new US regime, which in turn will result in funding cuts to the Scottish NHS. They will continue their brutal assault on the poor, vulnerable and disabled under the guise of austerity, whilst simultaneously funding renewal of a pointless, obscene nuclear weapons system.
Meanwhile, an ineffective, disorganised opposition, hopelessly caught between winning back votes from its traditional base (typically leave voters) and appealing to the middle ground it needs to win an election, seem incapable of mounting any kind of challenge – certainly not in the next 5 years.
In 2014, many people were unconvinced by the Yes campaign’s assertions on the EU and our place in it, which became a major factor in many people’s decisions. This is now a moot point – remaining with the UK, we’re guaranteed to leave the EU.
If, as many suspect, the Scottish Government calls a 2nd referendum, it really boils down to this: Do we trust a right wing Conservative government to account for the wishes of Scotland? Should we expect it to bargain hard for our trade and industry? Can we trust that our social services, pensions and workers’ rights will be protected?
All evidence suggests that we can’t.
So, if we get another chance to vote for independence, it begs the question;