Removing the Tory Government

Lesley Brennan

22 September 2014

On 18th. September all of those who voted “No” across Scotland , regardless of where they lived, determined that Scotland remains part of the UK.

Every “No” vote cast was equal , each carried the same weight.

A “No” vote cast in council areas such Dundee, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire or West Dunbartonshire made the same contribution to the verdict as a “No” vote cast in areas such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Fife, Angus or the Borders.

Every vote counted.

During the Referendum campaign, Alex Salmond said that if the “No” vote prevailed, there would be no second Referendum “for a generation”.

He described the Referendum as “a once in a generation, perhaps even a once in a lifetime, opportunity for Scotland.”

So there will be no quick return to the ballot box for another Yes/No Referendum on Scotland’s position in the UK.

 

That matter has been settled, and we now move away from the verdict on a historic constitutional question and return to dealing with major social issues.

The Referendum brought out the highest turn out of voters for many years because it was a matter of great importance and where there a clear choice to be made.

In Dundee, the turn out was 78 per cent, considerably higher than for Scottish Parliament elections .

However, this has not been the highest turnout post-war in the city.

These were in the General Elections of 1950 and 1951 when the turn outs were :

1950- Dundee East – 88%     Dundee West – 88%

1951- Dundee East  87%     Dundee West – 87%

It wasn’t constitutional issues that brought such a huge turnout then.

It was important social issues  - the post-war Labour Government defending its new-born welfare state, centred round the NHS, from Tory threats to dismantle it.

Just as on the 18th. September when there was a clear choice to be made between Yes and No, so back then there was distinct choice to be made between Labour and Tory. 

(Sadly, Labour won the highest number of votes in 1951 , but lost the election because they won fewer seats than the Tories.)

During the Referendum campaign, the constitutional question was being portrayed by some as a relatively quick, straightforward solution to social issues.

Independence, it was claimed, would get rid of the Tory Government and its reactionary policies, and there were those who saw independence as a means to remove current economic and social hardship.

But the verdict of the Referendum has changed all of that because Scotland has made a decisive decision against independence.

However, these same voters should not feel that they are left with no prospects of a better future.

They do.

They can remove the Tories from office in a few months’ time next May, by returning a Labour government that will be dedicated to fairness and the creation of good quality jobs.

 

 

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