THERE IS NEWS FOR YOU

Government spokespersons, or is it a lone person, whoever it is/they are, they/it remain/s nameless, nameless, publicly contradicting the tide of feeling that there is in Scotland following areas in England and Wales to vote for Brexit. …….No there’s no appetite in Scotland for another independence referendum vote…….then, sometimes adding, there are no grounds to pursue it, Scots do not want it…… Well now, to paraphrase…have the Scots got news for you!

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The Westminster Government, (now there is one) believe having spokespeople talking up the impossible will arrive at what they want as the possible.  The Scots are not that easily swayed. They’ve been duped once in 2014, by Westminster Government promises that were turned on their head the day after the Independence Referendum result.

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To many who voted to stay in the Union, The Union was a complete package with membership of the EEC. I have not yet met one person on my Scottish travels who wants to be part of Brexit.  Sure, there was a small percentage in Scotland that did vote for Brexit on the 23rd June 2016,  I have not met any of them, or, anyone who admits to it.  There are individuals who the media find to provide alternative pop vox.

For the record, what I do hear is that people who sincerely voted to stay in The Union last time, would now vote for Scottish Independence.

My ongoing unscientific sample supports the Scottish resounding YES  vote to EEC membership. There are a number of sound reasons for this sentiment, the biggest one that is voiced, is that the EEC has been instrumental in maintaining peace between the European nations.

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If, or when Scotland becomes independent from England, there could be a very rocky time, but then, we are only just  beginning to see the reality of where Brexiteers are taking the UK;  uncharted waters to rockier times on a much bigger scale.

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OH GLORY!

It’s all over for now, bar the singing and shouting, the Scottish Election votes have been counted. There hasn’t been much singing and most of the shouting has come from perturbed, prospective members of parliament, disgruntled voters as well as returning officers, who signalled failings with the new scanning machinery that was meant to make the counting process easier.

As usual, expensive technology that has not been tried in testing circumstances has failed to deliver its promise when put to the test. In Aberdeen, it was reported that one poll returning officer sent his staff home after the machinery had churned back its umpteenth rejection of the voting papers. As I understand it, a careful manual check has to be kept on technological rejections. The staff returned the next day to deal with a recount of the votes.

Voting was an unnecessarily confusing affair; there were two papers both of which had to remain utterly flat. All our lives, we have been educated to fold up our voting papers once the vote has been made and now, not only has that habit to be reversed but we were expected to vote in NUMBER preference order for our local councillors, that is unheard of – ‘what, no crosses!’

Then, we had two more votes, a regional parliamentary preference and a parliament, parliamentary preference. ;D There were two different coloured columns to denote which preference/s the individual was voting for this time. Crosses were required for both, not numbers.

To keep me right, I took the instruction leaflet that was delivered on how to cast votes. I carefully followed them and I didn’t see the instruction in faded grey on the back of the councillor voting paper that stated, DO NOT FOLD. It was too late when I did see it; I hastily flattened out the paper, I even tried ironing the darn thing with my hand.

There was nothing for it but to own up, so I popped my head out of the voting booth to admit my folding error to the polling clerk. I rather hoped I would elicit some sympathy and the offer of another white voting sheet. “Can’t you read!” she snapped. Boy, I was angry and I felt my hackles rise. I composed myself, so as not to reduce myself to her level. When done, the two pieces of paper, both flat (one more than the other) were slid into separate containers.

There were 100,000 ‘spoiled’ ballot papers in this election. From a small population of about 5-6 million people, that is appalling. Spoiling could have been simply what I did, indadvertantly fold a paper, placing crosses instead of numbers, too many crosses in one column and so on. Some papers would have been purposely spoiled, but not 100,000 of them.

The Electoral Commission who it seems gave all sorts of permissions for the way this election was run, (including blatant electioneering on the parliamentary ballot paper which is, I am sure, illegal under electoral legislation), has decided to initiate an enquiry into the débacle of the polling arrangements and the counting facilities.

Now we the electorate wait to see what deals will or won’t be done. There is a hung, proportionally represented parliament, with the Nationalist party gaining one more seat than the Labour Party. There is a healthy showing of Liberal Democrats, sixteen Conservatives (they used to be known as The Unionist and Conservative Party) they previously had no seats in the devolved ‘first past the post’ parliament and there are three ‘others’. What interesting bedfellows will we see, particularly as only one of the parties, the Nationalist Party, stands for total devolution from Union with England?

One thing is certain, if deals can’t be struck to create a Scottish Government from the results of this vote, within a month, new elections will have to be held – Oh glory! At least we don’t have to choose our councillors again.:|