Sending a message

We have to wonder about the claim by Andrew Whitaker in the Sunday Herald that Murdo Fraser’s latest outburst “represents a departure for a senior mainstream Unionist politician”. How is it possible for the Sunday Herald to be unaware that, almost two months ago, Theresa May announced her intention to hijack Scotland’s local election for the purposes of her anti-democratic British nationalist cause? Writing in Holyrood magazine, the unelected British Prime Minister said,

“We will also be looking forward to the local elections in May, when voters across Scotland will have the chance to send a clear message to the SNP that they do not want a second independence referendum, by voting Scottish Conservative and Unionist on 4 May.”

Murdo Fraser is merely playing follow-my-leader. In doing so, he is sending a clear message to those who believe in the sovereignty of Scotland’s people and wish to defend our right of self-determination against those who regard the democratic process as a threat. He generously tells voters precisely what they must do to combat the threat to Scotland’s democracy posed by British nationalist ideologues.

“Every advance for the SNP at these local elections will be taken as an endorsement of a second referendum.”

There is no doubt about what Murdo Fraser is urging people to vote AGAINST. He is asking the people of Scotland to vote AGAINST their own sovereignty. He is asking us to vote AGAINST our right of self-determination. He is asking us to vote AGAINST Scotland’s democratic institutions and processes. He is asking us to vote AGAINST our distinctive political culture.

Essentially, Murdo Fraser is asking us to vote AGAINST Scotland.

But what is it that he wants us to vote FOR? What does it mean to vote for the Conservative and Unionist Party?

To vote for the Tories is to vote for people whose character, attitudes and values are reflected in things such as the appalling bedroom tax; the inhuman rape clause; the vicious welfare sanctions regime; and the whole dire dogma of austerity.

To vote Tory is to relinquish the political authority that rightfully rests with the people of Scotland and place it instead in the hands of British politicians who have been decisively, comprehensively and repeatedly rejected by Scotland’s voters.

To vote Tory is to vote for the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state.

To vote Tory is to accept for Scotland a subordinate status within a union that was contrived in a different age for purposes that were never relevant to us.

A union that we, the people, had no part in creating or sanctioning. An anachronistic, dysfunctional, corrupt union which serves none of the people off these islands well.

A union which was always intended to serve the purposes of the ruling elites. A union which, in that regard if no other, has not changed significantly in the last three centuries.

A union that sucks the human and material resources out of our communities and in return gives us government by parties that we have emphatically rejected at the polls.

A union that imposes policies which are anathema to our people. Policies which have been rejected by our democratically elected representatives.

A union which, were we being given that option now, not one of us would vote to join – but which we are nonetheless being asked to vote for in elections that should be about local issues.

And what about the other British parties? What about UKIP, British Labour and the LibDems? If Murdo Fraser sees these parties as mere second-rate alternatives to the Tories, then so should you. If he reckons that voting for any of these parties has the same effect as voting Tory, then so should you. These parties have been willingly co-opted to an anti-democratic British nationalist cause which may be led by the Tories, but which they support with all the wild-eyed fervour of the religious fundamentalist.

If Ruth Davidson is the Queen of the British Nationalists, Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie are her obsequious courtiers.

On Thursday 4 May, the choices are clear. They are not the choices most of us would wish to be making. They are not the choices of a normal local election. But the choices are, nonetheless, crucial. We have no alternative but to accept that the local elections have been commandeered by the British nationalists. The fact that they can rely on the support of the mainstream British media makes it pointless to resist. The local elections will be presented as a vote of confidence in our First Minister regardless of what any of us may do or say.

Murdo Fraser is right. We must use the local elections to send a message. But we can choose to send a very different message from the one he is demanding. We can choose to reject the vaunting, imperious British nationalism of Theresa May and Ruth Davidson and Murdo Fraser. We can choose, instead, to affirm the principle of popular sovereignty. We can choose to assert our right of self-determination. We can choose to defend Scotland’s democratic institutions.

We can choose to favour Scotland’s distinctive political culture over the repellent ideology represented by the Tories and their allies.

And, importantly, we can do that without compromising our local government. By giving our top tier preference votes to the SNP and the Scottish Greens and putting the Tories at the arse-end of the bottom tier, we can send a message to Theresa May and her lackeys in Scotland while being confident that we will be voting for very capable candidates who are committed to local communities and to our nation.

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10 thoughts on “Sending a message

  1. Ian Sanderson

    Murdo may we’ll be playing ” follow my leader” but is Theresa or Ruth…? I think he’s trying to make himself the next leader when Ruth departs – she is IMO looking for a safe Wastemonster seat south of the border…. her eyes are on Theresa’s job..!

  2. Arthur Martin

    It is truly repugnant that Unionists like Fraser, Mooth and May have turned what should be council elections for purely local matters into a mini referendum on Scottish Independence.

    Still, two can play at that game. The losers as always will be the ordinary folk of this country, all of us. Council elections are about the day to day things that matter to people, and you should be voting for the candidates that you trust most to manage them on our behalf.

    The choice is being made very clear, either you vote for 20 more years of Tory rule which is tending increasingly to the extreme right wing and isolation, or you vote for a more open outward looking caring society with a bright future ahead of it by voting for parties advocating Independence.

    They are getting very desperate and stunts like this are a clear sign of it.

  3. bringiton

    Every country has it’s share of right wing extremists and in Scotland’s case they appear to be encapsulated within the British unionist movement.
    The choice facing Scottish voters,even at local level,is now between right wing lunatic policies made in England or progressive social democracy nurtured here in Scotland.
    As with Brexit,we didn’t create this situation but are having to deal with the fallout as best possible within the confines of our present constitutional arrangements.
    If people do vote for unionist candidates,they should not be in any doubt about what they are then in for and the subsequent drastic cuts to public services.

  4. Lochside

    Murdo Fraser is urging Scots to vote to show the world that they are like him: self-loathing slaves who would scrabble about in a spitoon to retrieve a sovereign. A despicable specimen of hateful humanity without a glimmer of decency or honesty. Let’s hope that he and his verminous scruple- free shower are vanquished forever in the local election and disapear back to whatever sewer they crawled out of.

  5. Andy Sharp

    Murdo has been showing signs of increasing nuttiness for some time now. Reason has given way to insults and ad hominem polemic. Nothing would induce me to vote for the Conservatives, a party which is committed to everything a civilised society should oppose. They are parasites, thieves, and liars, and in my view being a Scot and a conservative are two mutually contradictory stances.

  6. Abulhaq

    Fraser is a typical ‘Scotch’ chancer. He once advocated an independent ‘Conservative’ party in Scotland but now follows Queen Ruth in her retro ultra unionism. He and her crew are scheisters of the highest water. Trouble is they have a following among the politically ‘unlettered’.

  7. Norman R

    I will be voting right down the list, following James Kelly`s excellent article in the National yesterday. It`s imperative that maximum damage is inflicted on the spiritually stunted Tories, who have perverted the purpose of the local elections for shameful ends. Voting Labour or lib Dem is certainly distasteful to me, but the Tories must be deprived of any chance. Thank god I don`t have to vote for them!

  8. alasdairB

    What part of No do the Tories fail to understand.
    Humiliated in Scotland at last GE , a distant second at Holyrood and handed an EU Referendum result which they cannot handle. Over the last 3 years Scotland has continually and in ever increasing numbers rejected the Tories. It is therefore important that we continue our rejection of the Tory party at the forthcoming local council elections & keep these self important, unprincipled windbags away from power at local level; and show our unelected Prime Minister that Scotland at all levels says No to her heartless Tory doctrine. Their hypocritical power play in turning local elections into a national vote on Independence cannot be allowed to gain traction and by default become a vote on Independence as this would be dancing to their tune . A positive result for the Tories
    would be an unwarranted attack on the running of our local councils and handing them
    a stick to beat us on the matter of Independence. They, their Labour and LibDem cohorts must be comprehensively beaten at the ballot box come 4th May with a resounding result which will send them home to think again.
    The undernoted quote from 1898 remains pertinent……….

    Child : Mamma, are Tories born wicked, or do they grow wicked afterwards ?
    Mother : They are born wicked, and grow worse.

    G.W.E. Russell “Collections & Recollections” published 1898

  9. Robert Graham

    50 years of rejection must make you bitter , even Maggie managed a better showing , the present Tory shouty lot need to be made to own their parties actions at westminster , to be investigated by the UN and the Red Cross should be embarrassment beyond belief ,
    The Red Cross ff/ sake , its beyond belief .

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