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So what’s up in Scotland?  You know my feelings about Scottish (it is Scottish not Scotch – Scotch is the adult beverage produced only in Scotland) independence:  I’m for it!  But the SNP is not my party.

Why are the nationalists doing so well in this election?  The great thing about politics is everyone has an idea.  Some ideas are admittedly better than others.  But my guess is that the mainstream UK pols (and UKIP, too – I think they made a tactical mistake not supporting independence or at least the right to seek it.) with their promises for more powers – which have not been kept – for Scotland (the pols just said what it takes to keep Scotland in the Union without considering the ramifications of what they were advocating.  What’s new there, Sandy?  Nothing, really.) caused a backlash – and the best place to go is the SNP.

But just so everyone understands I am no flip-flopper (I’m still for Bill Janis BTW – this will increase traffic to my site until June 9!) I would vote for UKIP in Scotland.  But I admire the SNP because I am for independence.  I would prefer some sort of dominion status (definitely not a republic) with the Queen as Head of State but the Scots calling the shots.  Their own UN seat.  Their own Olympic team.  If they want to stay in the EU, they can.  Once the nationalist question is solved – the SNP will break up and there can be a true conservative/libertarian movement in Scotland.

Don’t think tomorrow’s vote will be the end of it.  In 1918, the General Election was held in Great Britain.  It was unexceptional except in Ireland – where Sein Fein won the election overwhelmingly in all of which is now the Republic of Ireland.

Those MPs elected not to go to Westminster but rather they formed the Dail Eireann and the Irish independent state was started.

Now I do not think the SNP MPs will do that and besides they have their own Parliament.  But their victory lap before the election (this defies a cardinal rule in politics never cheer for yourself before the votes are in and if the SNP does not do as well, that will be why) is telling.  They may force another referendum.  This time remember:  The British pols will not be trusted and an independent Scotland CAN use the pound if they want to!  Here is the website for the SNP!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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