“The ICM poll also contains a clear warning for the chancellor: two-thirds (65%) do not believe his promise, made last week, that the deficit can be cut after the election without raising taxes. …
That suggests the Tories will struggle to damage [labour party support] simply by warning of a Labour tax bombshell if elected.
The findings may also reflect the unwillingness of any voter to answer positively if asked a question that implies the respondent trusts a politician.” -Patrick Wintour, The Guardian, ‘Tories draw neck and neck with Labour as Ukip support falls’
This kind of talk is a great reflection of current culture, one that it could be argued came about in 2008 with the global economic crash and the election of a president crying ‘change’ in one of the most influential nations. Now, it is easy for some reason to be up-to-date with the state of affairs in the states. European countries however, are not as well advertised. Here in Britain what followed this fall into hell (although it feels more like we were all thrown down and by the gambling sins of a few no less) was an election in 2010 that displayed a great distrust for everything and everyone.
The link here http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f7/2010UKElectionMap.svg shows the seats won by each of the political parties in a wonderful array of shades. What I noticed immediately watching the election unfold well into the early hours on tv, was the divide there in full colour for all to see. Seeing Scotland in the north not wholly together in support of one idealism, next to bold in blue England was disheartening. It looked as though old divides were now being reinstated because of the need for reassurance that we would be able to reinstate financial security. Anyone who knows anything about Britain or has watched Braveheart knows that Scotland and England have not always been great pals. The Scottish people were, as many people know, enraged by the policies of the Tory party under Margaret Thatcher. There are people here who claim that distrust still remains and by the fact that in that election they only managed to win over one tiny wee Scottish constituency you’d figure that’s true.
What I’m begging for my own folks to hear, to understand, is that it is one thing to be all up in arms about history and keeping old grudges alive… But now we’re arguing whether we should make that a thing. For readers from far off places, just to let you know Britain might not be Britain soon. The Scottish people may chose to make this argument over economical related politics a fall out, and one that would remain permanent by way of Scottish Independence. I don’t think there was ever a great desire by a majority of us to separate before that election. We accepted that old grudges were just fun to keep up for the friendly banter with everyday English people, but not something that we should allow to affect the fabric of our lives. That election brought back the Boogie monsters- the Tories.
Is Scotland afraid of what they might do? Is Scotland wary of what pressure their policies put on a Scottish soul’s finances’?
Can we quantify how bad for us they really are?
Whatever justification supporters of independence are holding onto, I wonder whether the rationale comes after embracing irrational fear. That never seems like an ideal progression. You tend to notice other irrational primal human fears play out in the same way- things like racism and sexism. I can’t stand ‘them and us’ behaviour because it’s always so petty.
I don’t have an angle. I know I say that a lot and that that probably needs to change. It’s likely a bad thing to be talking about such issues without a firm grasp of the topic at hand especially for readers. They come to read articles to be informed and because I am not fully informed I am of little use.
What I can tell you, dear small audience, is that what I need people to be reminded of is that this played out by way of a difference in our principles. The stereotype of the tight walleted Scot is true politically and is held to by the desire not to be wasteful. I don’t think English culture thinks differently about being wasteful, “they” just see the solution differently. I think England wants to be more capitalist, the thought process being that this brings in more money in turn meaning there will be more to go around. With us not being able to tell the future we won’t know who’s right until we have a stab at one of the methods, and even then if it should fail that doesn’t then mean the other method would have been any better. Hence why I have no angle, and would quite like to bury my head in the sand for this one.
While it may have played out by way of principle it started out because of distrust. Not because of a distrust of just the Tories, but as is shown by the quote from the Guardian- British people don’t trust politicians. I might extend that and say that the world’s new interconnectivity means that no culture trusts politicians. So many nations are now crying ‘change’.