Taboo breaking, election fatigue and why Scottish independence is inevitableby Serena Kutchinsky / April 24, 2015 / Leave a comment
Are you following the election, despite no longer being eligible to vote in the UK?
I’m on tour in the UK with my new book at the moment, so I have been following it in a half-arsed way. A Labour government backed by the SNP is looking like a strong possibility. I’m hopeful that this could be a watershed moment in British politics and that we don’t just end up with the same government we had before.
If you could choose anyone from any of the parties to be Prime Minister, who would it be?
There’s no ideal choice. David Cameron has no substance. Ed Miliband isn’t strong enough to stand up to him on the big questions. And you can forget Clegg because you can’t look at him without thinking tuition fees, tuition fees, tuition fees. He’s a spineless bullshitter. What has he done in government? Absolutely nothing.
Is the surge in support for the Scottish Nationalist Party good for Scotland, and how will it impact on the rest of the United Kingdom?
If the SNP’s support rises much further Scotland will become a one party state. I’m not sure that’s a positive as they will eventually be blamed for all Scotland’s ills. Right now they’re riding the tide towards independence. There’s not much they can do to mess it up, nor is there much the Unionists can do to derail them. It’s not about whether or not the SNP make a strategic error, or the opposition Unionist parties play a tactical card—British national consciousness has gone. People are orientated toward their own regions rather than the idea of Britain.
Is there anything the Labour Party can do to avoid a total wipeout in Scotland?
The best Labour can hope for in Scotland is a landslide against them rather than an avalanche. Everybody who voted Yes [in the referendum] is going to support the SNP. A lot of people who voted No and feel betrayed by the lack of real devolution, which was promised [by the three main party leaders] in “the vow”are also going to vote SNP. A lot of the No vote came out to save the Union, but they’re not going to come out to save the…