One of the problems in politics which is major in my opinion is the complete disregard for public opinion. Politicians are elected to ‘serve the public’, but because of the fractionalisation of politics in this country, and the rise of ‘vested minorities’ who operate to their own agenda, the public have been disenfranchised and more or less shut out of the political discourse.
In politics, the political elite tread their own path while preaching they are acting in your best interests, it is a lie which has been sold to the people time and time again, which is why we have the unhealthy see saw politics, we kick one set of people out of public office only to get rid of them to allow the others back in, whether that be through election bribes or us being plain sick of what the incumbents have been doing with our democracy and money.
Scots are in the main socially conservatives, which means they value community, social cohesion, fair play and a just society. Society by its very nature must work for all citizens or that will lead to the breakdown of community. Over the last few decades, we have seen the disastrous consequences of ‘social engineering’ that have been inflicted on the UK, we are told this is a good thing, but the reality is very different depending on which level of society you find yourself at.
I was heavily involved in the Brexit campaign back in 2016, my reason for joining the campaign was based on the fact that the people of the
needed to reclaim their sovereignty back from the EU which is spiralling out of
control. To me, the sovereignty argument was crucial because although we are
told how ‘great’ the EU, as events in Europe
have shown, the continent is heading towards a dark place.
In a recent poll, information has come forward that the majority of Scots want to curb EU immigration after Brexit.
This is because most Scots whatever shade their political beliefs take understand that social cohesion and community is a priority for them, people want to believe that everyone in society should get the opportunity to progress, but sadly we know otherwise. If you walk by any street in a major city, you see our citizens sleeping rough in the streets…….
Our citizens failed by our politicians in our society.
A survey by the National Centre for Social Research shows that most Scots agree with the George Laird view that we should leave the European single market and restrict immigration for EU citizens after Brexit. It is time to rebuild our society, fix our problems; help our citizens and those who have been granted the legal right to stay here.
An aspect of the survey which is bound to anger the SNP; is that Scottish voters believe powers on immigration and trade should remain UK-wide and controlled by Whitehall, a staggering 63 and 67 per cent respectively. The news also kills the SNP narrative that more liberal attitude towards the European Union and freedom of movement than residents in
England. If you
live in Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow, chances are you have the same social outlook as
anywhere else in the UK,
shared common experiences.
Another nail in the coffin of Nicola Sturgeon who leads the SNP has been the chaotic way that she has systematically destroyed the support for the party since she took the reins of power from Alex Salmond, her incompetence both on domestic issues and external matters has caused a “swing against independence”. The less then serious attitude to major problems, disregard for the views of ordinary people and just plain bad judgement have started the rot which is truly spectacular, all through self harm!
One thing in the survey which, I have strongly advocated for years is an end to freedom of movement, the EU while smaller could cope with such a measure as most countries in the block were of similar economic status, now the EU is 28 members States; the policy is no longer feasible or desirable.
In a previous post on EU reform, I advocated that there should be an EU internal immigration policy for EU citizens, a policy which is sorely needed within the block. The EU is in crisis which is why “majority of people in
prefer to see an end to freedom of movement with the EU”, by getting out of the
block, we have been sensible which in due time will be common knowledge. I
think immigration is a good thing, I have always said so publicly, there are
various reasons why such as transfer or knowledge, skills and of course
diversity, but the problem arises when we don’t get the balance right.
When we don’t get balance right we end up with ghettos such as Govanhill in
59 per cent of voters in Scotland thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here, this should be the policy through-out the EU if someone wishes to transfer to another member country, not having this measure is a mistake.
“Our results suggest that both the
UK and the Scottish Government may need to do
some rethinking of their plans for post-Brexit Scotland. The UK Government’s
proposal that EU responsibilities for devolved areas such as fishing and
farming should in the first instance at least be given to Westminster appears to be out of tune with
the public mood north of the border. But equally, the Scottish Government
appears to have made little headway in persuading voters that Scotland should
have a closer relationship with the EU post-Brexit. Most still think the rules
on EU trade and immigration should be the same in Scotland
as in the rest of the UK.”
I see no problem in allowing farming to be transfer, however, I am not convinced and I think this hasn’t been fully explain the ramifications of transferring fishing to the Scottish Government, I think this should remain a reserved matter because under the SNP I can see this being problematic.
Finally, although the findings are extremely bad news for the SNP, they are still clinging to this research showing people in
Scotland believe decisions on all devolved
issues should continue to be made here in Scotland. What they are failng to
grasp is that the movement away from them in terms of support is showing that
their grasp on power is ebbing away, each and every day.
Although you might not realise, the 6 May 2021 is going to be the most important date in Scottish electoral history since Holyrood opened its doors!
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