Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

So who gets to vote

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Politics
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The actor Brian Cox recently presented a report on the “nuts & bolts” of the impending Scottish Independence referendum. The most surprising fact to emerge was that, if you’re a Scot but are not domiciled there, you don’t get a say. If you’re not a Scot, and are domiciled there, you do.

So, theoretically, the future of Scotland could be decided by non-Scots.

Baring this in mind, it might be worth keeping an eye on the developing terms and conditions of our own alleged EU “In / Out” referendum. Whilst it is perfectly in order for EU nationals to vote in the Euro elections wherever they happen to be, when it comes to the future of the United…ish Kingdom, it should be UK citizens only, (whether by birth or naturalisation), that make that decision.

This referendum is the most important and fundamental decision this country will take since 1939 and the outcome will be just as monumental which ever way it goes. The worrying thing is, we do not have the political leadership to guide us through, what we do have though is partisan self interest.

David Cameron is pretending he can renegotiate our terms of membership. He’s not stupid. It is a ploy to win over those of us with little political interest who just want this issue to go away.

Ed Miliband would rather not make any decision at all. Prevarication is all we’ll get from him until after the Euro elections. He will then make it “perfectly clear” that he was / was not in favour of one all along.

Nick Clegg went into the 2010 election desperate to have a full on debate and referendum on Europe, (see leaflet). Now though, he says there should be neither and as the leader of the “Party of Europe”, he knows what’s best for us.

The LibLabCon would rather the EU gravy train went thundering on into the distance. It has been UKIP’s mission for twenty years to apply the brakes to this juggernaut. The political landscape in the UK is beginning to shift as more and more people are realising where this project is going.

There will be a referendum, though whether it’ll be on David Cameron’s time scale remains to be seen. No further transfer of competences will be undertaken without one, and the first stirrings on a new treaty are already being detected. By the time this hits the table, there will be no hiding place for our National Leaders as they are currently the only ones in Europe not openly talking about a Federalised Superstate.

So, you would think an early referendum would be in the LibLabCon’s interest, yet there is no common ground between them.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if, in this deepening vacuum the European Elections turned out to be a referendum dry run?

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