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In the Glasgow NE by-election.
I always get more excited about voting than I really ought to.
Straight in with the questions is it? I'm still waiting on your answer: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/social/4202306#r4935701
I've bookmarked that thread and checked it every hour, on the hour since. How could you leave me hanging like that?
Don't see the point in scottish independence, what we really gonna get from it? I have yet to hear a really good reason why.
We would have a huge budget deficit, Scotland does well from being in the union.
And when it gets down to it I believe we are stronger when we are together.
Independence wouldn't/shouldn't mean severing ties with the UK/England completely. I'm no monarchist but, for example, there's no need to ditch the Queen in a hurry.
My leaning toward independence stems from the low regard with which Westminster (and vast swathes of England in general) holds Scoland. As far as I can see, as a Sassenach, Scotland's a standalone country in it's own right. So I reckon it should be able to control how it's own affairs are conducted.
I've yet to be conviced by the monetary arguments I've seen put forward. There are plenty of succesful countries in Europe that are smaller, and less populated, and don't have the resources Scotland has (aside from oil). Can't see why it wouldn't manage on its own.
Many arguments say it's subsidised by the rest of the UK, but that doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. If were true, how come so many bods south of the border are so keen to maintain 'control'? I'd wager that's more to do with the UKs (and thus England's) potentially diminished role in world affairs, than pure money.
...It's obviously contentious. And I'm not trying to convert anyone. Just interested in what folk think, and I thought I should put a few of my opinions forward if I'm gonna ask others to do the same.
He seems an agreeable enough guy.
Not totally sold on any of the candidates really.
My first wish is to even up the local balance of power by ousting (or at least putting the wind up) Labour, who have been in control of this area for forever, which doesn't seem to have been to it's advantage as far as I can tell.
Curiously, the Labour guy, Bain, has hardly mentioned his party on his literature. On some stuff he's not mentioned Labour at all. Wonder why that is...
I'd go for Green if it would count for anything around here, but the FPTP setup for Westminster elections, and the nature of the constituency, mean that it's solely a two horse race.
On that basis, it'll probably be the SNP that get my vote. But I'm a bit torn, cos I don't want the Green guy to have lost his deposit.
You'll presumably be pleased to know that the Labour guy is called Willie.