Truth or Propaganda?

On Transfiguration Day, as we contemplate Light Incarnate, I want some light thrown on something stated and restated in last nights leaders’ debate in Scotland.

I’m concerned and confused by the YES slogan that Scotland hasn’t voted for the government at Westminster for the last 20 or 30 years. We have. But the result from time to time has not been all we might have wanted. That’s democracy.

Shetland and Orkney have voted consistently for the last 64 years for a non-governing party. Does this mean the SNP will allow the Northern Isles (with all their oil) to break away from an independent Scotland on the same rationale?

I’m willing to acknowledge that Labour has tended to take Scotland for granted and the Tories have tended to ignore us up here, but to say that we have had some sort of democracy deficit at Westminster for decades is mere propaganda – a shorthand for non-thinkers and a dangerous untruth.

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