EVEL is clearly flawed, and no other proposal seems viable. Surely, though, it’s better for the government to make an attempt to solve the West Lothian Question than just accept the status quo? Not really. The problem is that any attempt to answer the Question, much like trying to defuse a bomb, carries the risk of bringing about what you’re trying to prevent. In the case of the West Lothian Question, this is the break-up of the Union between England and Scotland.
These reforms are not “progressive”, rather they symbolise regression and endanger our national pride; the welfare state. Our soaring education prices and gradual diminution of benefits does not alleviate the feeling of dread growing in many. What further accentuates this is the feeling of being stuck. It is difficult to endure these changes without being able to look forward to the next election, hoping our country will vote differently…
…except the SNP surge did not stop at wiping out Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. It gave David Cameron the perfect weapon to crush them both South of the border. The politics of fear may not be the most honourable or truthful way of securing votes but if it can be both sufficiently terrifying and somewhat believable while it remains the most devastating tool available to the parties of the establishment.
Two million people have gone to the polling stations, not with the intention to vote for the party that they support, but with the intention of keeping the opposition out.