As the transition from David Cameron to Theresa May is being completed Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have all called for an early general election.
In the opinion of Scottish Politics Review this would be a mistake.
Firstly, we live in a parliamentary democracy. By definition, this is a system where we elect people to parliament to represent us and make laws. The party with the greatest representation in parliament then forms the government and the Prime Minister in this system is the leader of the largest party. So in 2015, the country voted for the Conservatives, not for David Cameron.
Secondly, we’ve just voted to leave the EU. The UK Government, and indeed all governments within the UK, should be focused on building a negotiating team which can deliver a settlement with the EU that protects the country’s long term interests and maintains a positive relationship with our nearest neighbours.
Thirdly, people generally tolerate elections. Since 2014 we’ve had two referendums, a UK General Election, a Scottish General Election and local elections north and south of the border. Political junkies find it hard to comprehend that not everyone shares their obsession with the goings on at Holyrood and Westminster. Putting the public through another vote within 18 months of a General Election and less than twelve months of the EU referendum (as is being suggested) will only fuel voter disconnection with our politicians.
We elect politicians to do a job. We elect politicians to take decisions on our behalf and the Scottish Politics Review would like to see a concerted period of this actually happening.
There shouldn’t be a second General Election following the rise of Theresa May to Prime Minister and there shouldn’t be a second independence referendum in Scotland until the outcome of any EU negotiation is known.