Scot­land does not vote Tory

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

As a na­tion Scot­land hasn’t voted Tory for 60 years and, even de­spite over­tak­ing Labour, still lan­guish at less sup­port than Mar­garet Thatcher’s low point.

Yet par­tic­u­larly since the Brexit vote they act as if the peo­ple of Scot­land over­whelm­ingly sup­port them and will ac­cept any­thing the Tory party wants to im­pose on them.

Be­fore the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum Ruth David­son promised us vot­ing “no means we stay in” the EU.

She and David Cameron signed a pledge say­ing “power lies with the Scot­tish peo­ple... to de­cide how Scot­land is gov­erned”.

Cameron went fur­ther by say­ing “all the op­tions of de­vo­lu­tion are there and are pos­si­ble” if Scot­land voted no.

The Tory rhetoric was clear. Both Theresa May and Ruth David­son said Scot­land was an “equal part­ner” in the UK. David Cameron promised “no go­ing back to the way things were”.

But what have they done since win­ning the 2015 elec­tion and the Brexit ref­er­en­dum that puts 80,000 Scot­tish jobs at risk and will re­sult in fall­ing liv­ing stan­dards as the fall­ing pound threat­ens in­fla­tion?

A ref­er­en­dum that they only held be­cause of splits in the Tory party. A Brexit Ruth David­son said was based on “lies” yet now tells peo­ple will be won­der­ful.

De­spite say­ing a no vote meant power lay with the Scot­tish peo­ple and that we could have all op­tions of de­vo­lu­tion, the Tories voted down pro­pos­als by 95% of Scot­land’s MPs that more pow­ers should be de­volved. The sole Tory MP from Scot­land as Sec­re­tary of State haugh­tily de­nies pow­ers to those MPs and the elected gov­ern­ment of Scot­land wish to see de­volved.

We hear a Tory prime min­is­ter that hasn’t even put her plans to a pub­lic vote sig­nal she will ig­nore the com­pro­mise the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment put for­ward for Brexit.

Mean­while Tory lords say they want to use Brexit to fin­ish what Thatcher started. In short the Tories are act­ing as if they think the peo­ple of Scot­land will just meekly ac­cept what­ever they im­pose.

Scot­land voted no on the prom­ise that the Tories wouldn’t re­turn to the way things were done in the past and on the ba­sis power lay with the Scot­tish peo­ple.

Scot­land voted to re­main in the EU and the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket to pro­tect jobs. The re­al­ity un­der a Tory West­min­ster gov­ern­ment doesn’t even come any­where near that.

It is their ar­ro­gant ac­tions that are nar­row­ing the choices for Scot­land’s fu­ture mean­ing the only way we can have an equal part­ner­ship with the rest of the UK is in­de­pen­dence be­cause the al­ter­na­tive is a fu­ture of Tory gov­ern­ments telling Scot­land what to do just like they did in the 1980s. Andrew Stu­art Glas­gow

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