Trying not to think of Scotland in Orwellian terms #doublethink #ga2015 #ge2015
A vote for anything but the SNP was futile. The No voters were stuck with an unappealing array of people to vote for – and almost anything you wanted to vote for had an unpalatable downside. Just a hellish loop of futile tactical voting.
I remember back in 1997, this area was Tory and when Jim Murphy got in – it was a jawdropper. He was so young and unheard of, and I figured they had just put him here as they thought he had no chance of winning. Then this year, when the SNP beat him, it was an equal jawdropper in some respects – as this was now, theoretically, a safe Labour seat.
All in all though, good to see a clearout at Westminster and some fresh faces – but alarming to be living in a one-party (almost) (almost) country. And in Westminster the ruling party is one whose first idea was pretty much to do with the abolition of the Human Rights Act…
All very 1984.
Soctland also dipped its toe in 1984 at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. They have decided to “solve” the quandary of ministers-in-same-sex-relationships by adopting doublethink.
They have decided that they think that same-sex relationships are not what they church agrees with, but that if a congregation within the church thinks that they want a minister who is in a civil partnership, that’s ok.
So, the Church of Scotland holds two opposing views simultaneously – which is genius on the one hand, but clearly utter nonsense on the other. And doublethink.
It’s like no one has read 1984.
I should read 1984 again.