Tuesday saw history made when the Conservative government suffered the greatest defeat in parliament not seen since the 1920s. Theresa May knew her EU exit deal would not be supported back in December that is why she had it pulled, however yesterday MPs got their chance to vote.
May, sat with a small smirk on her face, eyes on the leader of the opposition as he got to his feet, Corbyn about to deliver the final blow. A vote of no confidence which should have come in December. No wonder May had a smirk on her face, she had probably secured the backing of her MPs and the DUP in any vote of no confidence from the opposition and knew she would be safe to fight another day.
No sooner had the Bercow, the Speaker of the House announced the result of the vote than people took to social media to air their views. The First Minister of Scotland, one of the first, her tweet read:
“Historic defeat for the PM and it had been obvious for months that it was coming. Enough time has been wasted. It is time to stop the Article 50 clock and put this issue back to the electorate. Scotland voted to remain in the EU and we should not be dragged out against our will.”
It was clear by the response to the First Minister’s tweet that there are those, like myself who are running out of patience with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. They seem to have forgotten their mandate does not include trying to save the United Kingdom.
The SNP 2016 mandate reads: “We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of the majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will”
The people of Scotland gave them that mandate; It did not say, should Scotland be taken out of the EU against the will of the Scottish people then the party would do all in its power to save the United Kingdom.
As news of the defeat spread on social media so did the hash-tag #indyref2, the first time this has trended in months, with many using it to inform the SNP and the First Minister of just how frustrated and angry we are with her lack of clarity over a second independence referendum as was shown in a tweet by actor Angus MacFadyen.
“Enough talk. #indyref2. Before the UK including Scotland gets dragged into political chaos and out of the EU. These incompetent clowns have been given enough rope and they have irredeemably hanged themselves with it. Freedom for Scotland is within our grasp.”
Freedom for Scotland has never been nearer, the ultimate in what the Scottish National Party are supposed to stand for, yet they seem to be pussyfooting around. Is it any wonder people are taking to social media to vent their anger? The First Minister has repeatedly told the electorate that she will “make a decision once the Brexit negotiations are known.” We have held on and held on. We are now in danger of crashing out of the EU without a deal, yet the First Minister is still banging on about a peoples’ vote. As are others in the party.
Winnie Ewing said in her autobiography “Time and time, on matters of great and small, we are still standing on the side-lines, mutely accepting what is decided elsewhere instead of raising our voices and making our own choices…”
Never has a truer word been spoken, we have stood mutely by watching the chaos as it unfolded around us, it is time to show our elected politicians that they were not elected to save England, the people of England, if they so wish would have to save themselves. Scotland has a way out of this mess, our politicians must use the mandate given to them by a trusting electorate. Do not betray our trust, call a referendum and call it now.