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A Bridge Too Far...

Bottom line? The trust has gone.

Monday, December 18, 2023
3 mins

The trust has gone

Our latest poll runs until this evening.

(2) Off-Topic Scotland on X: "For those who have left SNP and/or are scunnered with the current Scottish govt: Would you change your mind about voting SNP if they promised to *immediately* repeal the act of union upon election ?" / X (twitter.com)

For those who have left SNP and/or are scunnered with the current Scottish govt:

Would you change your mind about voting SNP if they promised to immediately repeal the act of union upon election ?

Yes 62.8%

No 37.2%

911 votes

8 hours left2:31 PM

Dec 14, 2023·6,734 Views

The Scottish Border. www.salvo.scot (@border_scottish) is a great Twitter account which has been raising serious questions about the status of the Treat of Union and whether or not it even 'exists' in the strictly legal sense. Originally the question was 'if they proposed' to repeal and wasn't in the form of a poll, so we asked if they would mind us tweaking it and they didn't, so there it is.

Let's leave aside the matter of 'competence'. It has been pointed out in replies that the Scottish government has no power to make such a huge decision. That may well be the case but the current Scotgov has already been pushing the limits of so-called 'reserved powers', eliciting humiliating slapdowns from a despised WM government which lurches from one unsavoury episode to the next but certainly seems sure-footed enough when it comes to knowing what it can or cannot do in relation to directing Scottish affairs.

Whether or not the SG has been virtue-signalling in the full knowledge that its efforts (securing cross-party support or not) were destined to fail is, perhaps, debatable, but beyond dispute is the simple fact that they are prepared to expend time and tax-payers cash on torturous legislative processes which result in unworkable and profoundly unpopular policies/Bills. The notion that they might try to tempt the Scottish electorate with a bold, dramatic policy (unworkable or not) which could command popular support may contradict recent behaviour but should not be dismissed out of hand.

Perhaps the most interesting result from this poll is not the % breakdown itself but the replies. We won't attempt to cherry-pick - readers can check for themselves. It is striking that the vast majority of comments are from 'No' voters and they are not mincing their words.

Bottom line? The trust has gone.

It wouldn't matter now what the SNP promises. It could be an oil fund, new laptops and bikes for everyone, free ice cream and jelly every Friday. Whatever. The depth of disgust and anger is palpable and even many of those who voted Yes only did so with grave misgivings.


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