Only in a state where the voting system to calibrated to ensure the social élite maintain the upper hand in the class war is it possible for a party to win 51% of the parliamentary seats with less than 37% of the vote. Welcome to the United Kingdom, where the Conservative Party managed to secure a majority in this week’s general election. Much to the chagrin of the London establishment the Scottish National Party made full use of the First Past the Post system to send 56 MPs out of a possible 59 for Scotland to Westminster. While there have been some calls for electoral reform as a result of this scam working for ‘the enemy,’ it is unlikely to be changed – as it still managed to give the Tories an overall majority over the United Kingdom. It is true that this Conservative majority in theory effectively nullifies the contribution of the whole Scottish nation, but the backlash isn’t just from the north. Without the BBC saying a single word a massive popular protest demanding fairness and an end to Tory austerity laid siege to the Mall and Downing Street.
Paul McGinness (@pubsports1) May 09, 2015
Ordinary working people in England rejected the Conservatives on polling day – like Scotland has always done – and was still inflicted with a Tory government. One is tempted to say: Well, stuff them. Let them see what it is like for once. But this isn’t really the time for comeuppance. For the first time in a very long time the Scots are realising that they have common cause with the ordinary little Englander. After all, their resistance to austerity is the Republic of Scotland’s fifth column. Oh and yes, I did say “the Republic of Scotland.” Westminster’s island empire is coming undone, and it is this decomposition that is now being seen on the streets of London, and the protestors in London know it themselves. We cannot escape the fact that this is a class war as much as it is a war for Scottish independence. Scotland, Wales, and the north of England are overwhelmingly working class, and are together the victims of an aggressive and sustained attack by the British establishment. None of this is new. This was all played out in the 70s and the 80s, but what is different this time round is the numerous constitutional crises. It is precisely this mix that allows us in Scotland to speak with confidence about the coming Republic.