Should Scotland now seek a second referendum
The day after the election, a video from Glasgow made the rounds in Scotland, in which a woman with dyed red hair harassed the Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The woman's name is Jayda Fransen, she is an ultra-right Scottish politician who has often attracted attention when it comes to harassment, she has been convicted of insults and the like several times. The video shows how she literally pursues Sturgeon in front of a polling station in the south of Glasgow, the picture shakes, Fransen talks to Sturgeon, words like "mass immigration" and "Marxism" are used, a few people join in, but Sturgeon: goes her way calmly. In between Sturgeon pauses to say in a calm tone, "You are a fascist, you are a racist, and the people here in the south of Glasgow will reject you." Fransen goes on talking a little longer, then gives up.
The video was published by Nicola Sturgeon himself at some point, look, that was her message, that's how I am, a woman of clear words, and how clear her words can be will be the main focus in the next five years. Will the United Kingdom fall apart after three centuries? This question had been asked many times recently, with concern or hope, depending on the perspective. The regional elections in Great Britain, which began on Thursday and the results of which were counted up to Saturday, therefore caused more excitement than regional elections usually do outside of their own borders.
Scotland and England have been united since 1707, but Nicola Sturgeon has never made a secret of the fact that she thinks Scotland would be stronger without England. Even during her studies, the now 50-year-old joined organizations that stood for Scotland's independence. If Sturgeon's party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), wins an absolute majority, it will seek another referendum, and given the clear majority behind it, one would then see whether the government in London could really reject it; that was the starting point. It didn't quite turn out like that, and one can assume that from now on there will be arguments about what that means.
As expected, the lawyer Sturgeon was re-elected Scotland's "First Minister" by a large margin, but it was not quite enough for an absolute majority. The SNP won 64 of the 129 seats in parliament - so one seat was missing. However, the Greens won eight seats and they also want Scotland to leave the Kingdom, which is why Lorna Slater, one of the Greens' two party leaders, said this on Saturday evening was a clear vote of the Scottish citizens for independence. And one against Boris Johnson and his Brexit, even if Lorna Slater did not say so.
The election in Scotland was one of several in the United Kingdom in recent days, with a number of local elections also held in England. In Liverpool, Labor politician Joanne Anderson was the first black woman to be elected mayor of a British city, but otherwise: Usually won Boris Johnson without being on the ballot, England is not Scotland. Johnson's party, the Conservative Tories, also won a by-election to a constituency called Hartlepool, which has been Labor-dominated since it was founded in the 1970s. The fact that even there the Conservatives have now won is, not least for Johnson, confirmation that many English people like the way he and his party govern.
Confirmed of this, Johnson, who is otherwise not suffering from a lack of self-confidence, spoke to the on Saturday telegraph"It was also about Scotland," Johnson said, "a referendum would be irresponsible and inconsiderate" under the circumstances. Nicola Sturgeon, on the other hand, only stressed a few days ago that she would not hold a "wild referendum", one without the mandatory approval of the London government, but on Saturday evening she also pointed out how she interpreted the election result: as the approval of the population for theirs Issue.
So she will "deliver" now, said Sturgeon. It is about "fundamental democratic principles", besides: blocking another referendum would mean "ignoring the will of the majority of the Scottish population". A reasonably narrow majority, one would have to add. How close, Boris Johnson should calculate exactly in the next few days.
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