Today’s election day in Scotland could be the closest we’ve seen since, well, the last.
The bookies are backing the SNP to retain power at Holyrood, and, to be honest I think they’re probably right.
For me, today’s constituency vote was one of the hardest electoral decisions I’ve ever made. Traditionally my constituency has been Labour and recent boundary changes may help Labour retain this seat.
Of the four parties contesting the seat, three have declared themselves against the proposed Leith Docks Biomass plant (I can’t find out what the Tory candidate’s views are on this).
I’m not a supporter of independence for Scotland – particularly when the SNP’s calls for fiscal autonomy come with a demand for a £200m rebate of the fossil fuel levy – ironic when fossil fuels are nearing exhaustion that the SNP are basing their calls for independence on the money raised from an unsustainable and polluting power source. An independent Scotland faced by the financial crisis which nearly destroyed its two biggest banks would have required bailing out by the EU like Iceland, Ireland and Portugal. And the costs of pushing for independence are ridiculous when this money could be spent elsewhere.
The Lib Dems are likely to get a severe kicking in Scotland for entering into coalition with the Tories at Westminster, and the Conservatives are unelectable in Scotland and have been for 30 years now.
And Labour will still be suffering for the mess they made of the UK economy over the last 5 years they held power in the UK, the ramifications of which we’ll still be feeling in 5 years’ time.
So who to vote for? I found it a very difficult decision this morning, but I’d echo the words of Josh in The West Wing: Whoever you vote for, make sure you vote.