Pa­trick Harvie MSP

Scot­tish Green mem­ber for Glas­gow

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

I am sure the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang were as shocked as ev­ery­one else when Theresa May an­nounced she in­tended to press for a UK gen­eral elec­tion on June 8.

The Scot­tish Greens say this re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Prime Min­is­ter shows that Scot­land continues to suf­fer at the hands of a hard right Tory party.

Brexit is a mess of the Tory party’s mak­ing, and they are call­ing this elec­tion for much the same self-serv­ing rea­sons as the EU ref­er­en­dum it­self.

Since June they have also con­sis­tently ig­nored vot­ers in Scot­land and else­where who chose to stay in Europe and the sin­gle mar­ket.

The government that is elected on June 8 will still be faced with that ques­tion – if a ma­jor­ity of vot­ers here back can­di­dates who are pro-EU and pro-sin­gle mar­ket, the Prime Min­is­ter must fi­nally ac­knowl­edge the right of Scot­land’s vot­ers to be re­spected.

I am sure that vot­ers in Scot­land will not al­low this elec­tion to sat­isfy the whims of a dan­ger­ous hard-right party de­ter­mined to dam­age our econ­omy, pub­lic ser­vices and threaten our EU friends and neigh­bours who have made Scot­land their home.

In­stead we must re­assert our choice for a fairer and more equal so­ci­ety, and our de­ci­sion to re­main part of Europe can­not be al­lowed to fall on deaf ears.

Theresa May should be fo­cus­ing on try­ing to undo some of the dam­age her dis­as­trous ap­proach to Brexit has done and en­abling us in Scot­land to have our voices heard.

She has, in­stead, opted to com­pound her pre­vi­ous mis­takes with this move.

When the spot­light falls on her un­yield­ing and hate-filled pol­i­tics, I am con­fi­dent that this move will back­fire.

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