MOAN believes that Nationalists proved their true colours in September last year when John Swindley announced he wanted to keep bedroom tax victims ‘on the hook’. Y’know, for making political capital against their opponents at the expense of those suffering the consequences of the tax.
By Moan McVulpine – Exploiting the poor’s plight at every political opportunity
WHEN SCOTS voted to get their own parliament in 1997, they believed it would protect them from the worst excesses of Westminster.
Yet, the building of the new parliament ended up costing more than 40 times the initial estimates of £10 million pounds. It ended up costing £414 million?!
Excessive! Or what?
It served as an expensive and bitter reminder of what was to come: over paid unidentifiable vegetables masquerading as MSPs, freeloading at the expense of everyone else.
And the second of the big surprises – the parliametary incumbents were high on rhetoric, low on delivery.
In 2011 the SNP won a historic electoral landslide, delivering an allegedly unobtainable parliamentary majority.
Yet another surprise. The voting structure was designed to stop such a thing from happening.
Labour was the chief architect of that structure. Quelle surprise.
The repercussions of an SNP majority demonstrated, almost immediately, the fundamental weakness of its Unicameral structure – the Firstminster’s diktats are now rubber stamped by supine ‘herded cats’ committees almost by rote.
Your wish is our command oh master etc.
One of the first real tests for the potential protective properties of the parliament has been the bedroom tax.
And, true to expectations, the SNP failed to deliver anything of substance other than a coordinated grievance campaign.
“We don’t have the power to do anything” they bleated.
“Big bad Westminster has got it in for us Scots because we don’t vote Tory” they wept.
“Give us more power” they wailed.
But the crocodile tears were a futile attempt at manipulating the Scottish electorate.
So much so that budget fiddler John Swindley eventually magicked up £20 million of mitigating funds.
Not enough to help all of the victims, but just enough to make it look like the SNP cared.
He wanted to keep the sufferers “on the hook” so that the inevitable stories of victims being turfed out of their houses could be exploited for maximum political effect.
But most Scots are cannier than that. Most Scots know that other measures, with a bit of imagination and will, could have been implemented to help alleviate the suffering.
And the SNP have eventually cottoned on to the public mood, which refuses to accept the “we’re powerless to do more” mantra peddled by the cynical Nats.
Will the recent moves by Firewummin Sturgeon be enough to make it look like the SNP care more about the Scottish population than they do about power?
Time will tell.
But it’s always worth remembering that the Nationalists had enough powers through devolution to mitigate against the hated tax.
They chose not to because they saw the opportunity to pull at the heartstrings of the Scots public.
How daft do they think the Scots are?
If Joan McArthyalpine’s grief tirade in the Daily Ranger today is anything to go by, the answer’s simple enough – awfy daft.
The Nats have been playing us for mugs.
Open your eyes and grasp the thistle.