I wanted to spend some time writing my book tonight. What did I do instead? Took a “nap” at 4:30 and slept until 10. That’s what I get for this sleep schedule — I run myself to exhaustion, and then my body shuts down and I pass out. That is not a good thing. Tomorrow is going to be a long day; we have a meeting at work (awful), I have a doctor’s appointment for my treatment, then I’m meeting a friend about living together. All that is a long day for me with this injury.
In other news, I’m thinking a lot about the UK election. The Tories made some significant gains. I’m not hugely well-versed in UK politics, but I know enough to get by, and I’m not a fan of the conservative party. For one thing, they’re super anti-EU. They say they’re not, but when they say they’re going to introduce a big referendum on UK sovereignty immediately, that speaks to some sentiments I don’t like a whole lot. But then again, I’m not a huge fan of the political UK as it exists — I think that Scotland and Wales should have sovereignty over their own issues.
Specifically, about Scotland, I cannot imagine that they are happy with this new government and with David Cameron at 10 Downing Street. Only 15% of Scots voted for the Conservatives, and that leaves a whopping 85% who didn’t want the Tories in power, yet because they are still subject to UK sovereignty in many ways, they are going to have the Conservative agenda imposed on them. I find that hugely immoral. Even in the reddest of red states in the US, democrats get a higher percentage than that.
With the Scottish National Party in power in the Scottish Parliament, I really wonder what will transpire in the future. It seems to me like this election is a decent chance for them to push their agenda, which is an independent Scotland. I’m a big fan of devolution, and if independence is the right route for Scotland, I would support it wholeheartedly. As long as her people want it, I say go for it. I’d like to see a free and independent Scotland again. I think she got bullied into signing the Act of the Union in 1707 and was treated infamously in the 18th century and into even the 19th and 20th centuries.
That said, I don’t think it would be as easy a route as the SNP would like it to be. Even though Scotland does provide the vast majority of the UK’s energy between North Sea oil and other sources, it would necessitate a lot of very careful and diligent planning, as well as an attention to the actual needs of the people, which I’m not wholly convinced any government can really do. We’ll see where it leads.
On a fully emotional level, the thought of an independent Scotland is enough to bring a lump to my throat. I hope I live to see it happen; honestly, I think it really is just a matter of time before it does happen. I just don’t know if it will happen as soon as the SNP wants it to. I’ve heard tell of a possible referendum as early as next year — if that’s the case, then wow. We’ll see though.
Sigh. I’ll admit, the biggest issue I have with the new gains of the Conservatives in the UK is what I’ve read about their stances on immigration. What is it with conservatives in any country that immediately think slashing numbers of immigrants is the way to go? It’s not a cut and dried issue at all, but in general, I think immigrants benefit countries. It’s a large scale indicator of prosperity — if people want to move there, you must be doing something right.
Anyway, that’s really all I have to say about that. I feel a little foolish dabbling in others’ politics, but those are just my two cents, unsolicited.
Posted on 12 May, 2010, in soapbox, thoughts, Uncategorized and tagged change, confusion, devolution, nationalism, politics, restless, scotland, scottish independence, scottish national party, sleep, thoughts, tories, uk election. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.