Pogleswoody wrote:David Friio's mate wrote:HC Green wrote: The main issue driving the rise of the Scottish independence movement is simply the perceived democratic deficit.
Scotland believe they are being ruled by a party and a government implementing policies they didn’t vote for, with Brexit being the most high profile one. In the 2019 general election that people say was a Tory landslide it wasn’t in Scotland where the Tories only got 25% of the votes in Scotland and lost seats to the SNP.
The Scottish government has limited tax raising powers and is not permitted to borrow monies to fund their priorities as Nicola Sturgeon is often keen to mention because she says if they could they would have done additional things during this pandemic.
I don't know if it's JUST that - ultimately, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland are being ruled by London, with the power-sharing illusion of devolution not really being enough to make that not the case.
If the Union is to survive - and as a resident of Scotland I really hope it does - then the whole London-centric rule has to end. Move the Lords to Edinburgh, have the temporary Parliament in Cardiff etc - make people feel less like they're being ruled by London elitists like Johnson, Gove, and as much as I like the man, Starmer. Make it feel more like they're equal partners in the Union and not being dictated to by England.
London has a bigger population than Scotland.
England has ten times the population of Scotland.
18+ times bigger than Wales.
How 'equal' should Scotland and Wales be in a democratic system?
...this kind of attitude being exactly the reason the Scots in particular want away from London-led politics.