A Democratic Deficit

Scotland continues to suffer badly from a democratic deficit.

In the 2015 General Election a government of the disunited Kingdom was returned to power on the basis of the votes of just 36.9% of the electorate.

In that same election the party who currently forms the devolved limited power Scottish Government, a party which advocates self-determination for Scotland, received the votes of 50% of Scottish voters, and in terms of constituency votes almost wiped the other parties involved in the election off the map.

Is Scotland therefore currently involved in a process to achieve self-government? No, Scotland is still substantively governed from Westminster.

In the recent Brexit Referendum the voters of England voted by a clear majority 53.4% to 46.6% to leave the EU, The voters in Scotland voted decisively to remain by 62% to 38%.

Therefore will Scotland retain European Union membership once England takes steps to remove itself? No, Scotland would need to become an independent nation to achieve this, but as mentioned earlier is still, currently, substantively governed from Westminster.

Currently there is a crisis in Westminster politics where both of the major ruling parties (the way far right, the far right, the right and the middle right, apart from the leader of the opposition) are in transition, ostensibly as a consequence of Brexit.

The governing party has a leadership contest on foot which has presently been narrowed down to two candidates, both of whom have demonstrated that they have dubious views regarding social justice and equality in the past, key priorities promoted by the limited power Scottish Government.

Just 0.3% of voters, 150,000 Conservative members (the readers of the Daily Mail) will get to decide who will be the Prime Minister of a government which will take major decisions about the future of Scotland.

This government will decide whether to renew weapons of mass destruction, at staggering costs. It will decide whether to continue to store these horrific weapons within a short distance of Scotland’s most heavily populated area. It will decide how funding which maintains Scotland’s public services is calculated. It will decide how Scotland ‘s abundant natural resources are utilised, and it will decide, unless current circumstances change, to take the people of Scotland out of Europe against their will.

Comments from the much vaunted polling expert Professor John Curtice suggest that this privileged 0.3% of voters are likely to be mainly. “Over 50, disproportionately male, and overwhelmingly middle class.”

Oh well, that’s alright then!

The democratic deficit continues, and that deficit is getting bigger.


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