Almost Serious

With the upcoming Scottish elections, I’ve been struggling with who to vote for. I considered not voting, the Australian “none of the above” option is something that should be considered here. Sadly, Labour haven’t been a serious socialist option for a decade (I still feel unclean for voting them in in 2002). The SSP, after a promising start, have shown themselves to be a shower of shite; Colin Fox and Rosie Kane the most obvious examples. Despite everything, I still like Sheridan. Splitting up a political fringe group and then calling his clique “Solidarity” shows a particular lack of irony, though. If he’d had a sense of humour, he’d have called the splinter group “The People’s Front of Judea”.

The Tories? You obvously don’t know me if you ask that. Let’s move on.

The Lib-Dem’s have shown signs of principle, but their desperation in holding onto Scottish Labour’s coattails has been nauseating. The Nationalists? Can’t possibly have Sturgeon anywhere near power (Scottish phrase “a nippy sweetie” springs to mind) and Salmond, whilst possibly the only one who shows signs of life outside of politics, is a smug, fence-sitting opportunist. Might have pint with him, but just the one.

That leaves the Greens and, despite their terrible broadcast with the porridge guy nad the wee ginger ootay Taggart (byraway big man), are probably the best option. The environmental lobby, ridiculed for decades, has been proven correct on most of their issues. If you don’t believe that, check out the pathetic attempts by the other parties to pretend they give a shit about the environment. As the other parties all fall the Keynesian model (economic growth at all costs, argue about how the pie gets cut up), it’s hollow and insulting. The idea of locally-based initiatives lends itself to economic efficiency and social fairness as well.

So, I’m voting Green.

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