On the eve of the election an email from Nicola Sturgeon said that it was #SNPbecause day. The opportunity we have to share our reasons for voting SNP.
A quick glance at Twitter shows that some people are thankful for the free stuff: prescriptions, tuition fees, bus passes. Some because they’re a party that stands only in and up for Scotland – a fair point. Some because the SNP will make Scotland “fairer and more prosperous” whatever that means. And some put their dislike of the Tories and David Cameron out there as their reasons.
It’s all a little bit sycophantic to us – like being at school and wanting to sit at the cool kids table.
The SNP are going to win tomorrow’s election and, in all but the most staggering of upsets, will govern with a majority for another term.
What will they do with it? The SNP are reactionary not revolutionary. They’re managers, not disrupters. Their ambition extends to not messing up or pissing anyone off. In short, we don’t think they’ll do much.
How else can you explain the lack of improvement for our poorest students in higher education. Or the fact that since 2012/2013, there are 20k more people living in relative poverty. Or how, in admittedly tight financial circumstances, waiting times have been declining in recent years.
The fact is that as long as they keep the debate focused on which party is the most Scottish they’ll keep being successful electorally and without an opposition or second chamber to hold them to account it doesn’t matter how they perform in government.
Far from being a project in mass political engagement, Scotland has become the personal fiefdom of the SNP. As it was for Labour before it and the Scottish Unionists before that.
The point is the people are #SNPbecause, well, just because.