Voting Dilemmas: General Election 2015

Fracking.

Tearing apart the Human Rights Act.

Privatisation of the NHS.

More austerity.

After the no vote in Scotland on 18 September I felt scared. There will be a backlash, I thought. Scotland has risen up and tweaked the whiskers on the imperial British lion. We’re going to get a kicking.

Maybe that’s paranoid but I don’t think it’s entirely unjustified. Already there are murmurs about scrapping the Barnett Formula because it “robs Wales” (divde and rule, anyone?).

And let’s not forget our very own local councils trying to penalise people who signed up to the electoral register by hunting them down for ancient poll tax claims in what must the single most cynical and undemocratic move I’ve seen for many a year. Nicely done.

Now  that sense of dread is only increasing, only now it’s not because of a fear of some sort of scorched earth policy making. It’s because of the realisation that far from being Better Together, we’re still living in the shadow of Westminster decision making.

And what does that mean? 

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