For years the Tories have been languishing in the polls in Scotland and now UKIP is crashing and burning. What is it about the right of centre in Scotland that causes these disasters?
The answer I believe is entirely practical.
But first some background. After succeeding as a climate sceptic (we forced academics to admit that their models did not work and as a result the Kyoto Commitment ended with no prospect of a replacement), the next move was to try to undo the harm done by the unnecessary wind policy. So the sensible move was toward politics and as UKIP were the only party with anything near a common sense policy in this area I joined UKIP and almost immediately was asked to be Scottish Energy Spokesman.
Given the complete vitriol of the Scottish media toward both Climate Sceptics and UKIP, I knew I was in for a rough ride. But barring a rather desperate piece from one journalist, my entry into Scottish politics was easier & quicker than I had expected.
So, I found myself at the heart of UKIP Scotland at the beginning of 2013. The first surprise was that I was far from alone in my politics – yes to the left of the party, but with others joining from the SNP and lib Dems I was pleasantly surprised by how mainstream their views were. Very different from the public PR.
That was the good news.
Unless I’ve missed something UKIP have decided to ignore the suggestions outlined earlier from those at the Stirling meeting. The result is clear in the latest opinion poll which shows UKIP now have no chance of a Scottish MEP and are heading for a disaster in the Euro election. Given UKIP England’s attitude to Scotland, it now seems UKIP would rather have this defeat than listen to us Scots with the result that what little is left of UKIP in Scotland is likely to fall apart even more.
We have to admit it, UKIP have failed in Scotland, largely because UKIP England did not listen to us in Scotland. That is such a cliche: the age old problem of English politicians trying to foist English policies and English politics onto a very different political & economic situation in Scotland. It has always failed and it will always fail. UKIP are not the first England party to crash and burn in Scotland and no doubt they will not be the last.
Euan McHardy emailed me to suggest the “gap may already have been filled” by the libertarian party. He continued: “They do have the not in significant deviation of favoring Scottish independence, but will hopefully table that after separation is rejected later this year.”
So, what do they stand for?
Statement of Principles of the Scottish Libertarians
We, the members of the Scottish Libertarians challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Based on a recent poll in a Scottish paper (http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/new-poll-snp-ahead-of-scottish-labour-in-eu-elections.1395658675), the likely result of the EU election is as follows:
This is a complete disaster, Scots in their dozens will now vote for independence just to see this happen …
UKIP’s Paul Nuttall has pledged to ‘eat his own shoes’ in Widnes if Scotland wins independence.
The deputy leader and MEP made the ‘offer’ during his party’s debut meeting in Widnes.
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