Saturday, December 14, 2019

Scotland Wins on December 12

The 2019 UK general election saw the Scottish National Party winning more seats than in 2017. 

This emphatic victory promises to set up a renewed clash over the UK’s future. 

Of course, we know that the Tory majority at Westminster means one constitutional quarrel – Brexit – might be over, but another – on Scottish independence – will be back with a vengeance. 

That’s because the SNP won 48 of the 59 parliamentary seats available in Scotland. This result is expected to galvanize the party in their pursuit of the independence referendum – and which SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (right) says is necessary after Scotland opposed leaving the European Union. 

Boris Johnson, like his predecessor Theresa May, has consistently resisted pressure from the SNP-led administration in Edinburgh for another independence vote. But the last one, when Scots chose to stay in the UK in 2014, was before the vote to leave the EU. 

Sturgeon made stopping Brexit and giving Scotland the right to dictate its own future the cornerstone of her party’s campaign. 

Just as Johnson has a mandate for Brexit, Sturgeon has a mandate for Scottish independence. 

Moreover, Scottish parliamentary elections are also due in 2021, when the SNP could reinforce their mandate for a referendum. If Sturgeon wins big again in May 2021, Johnson will be unable to resist a second independence referendum. 

Let’s do it – and set Scotland free! 

I am not into Abstract Art – but this episode of "The Way I See It" obliges me to view it more appreciatively. 

Actor and comedian Steve Martin looks at paintings by two early pioneers of American abstraction and takes us on a journey of seeing – shape and color transform into mountains, sky, and water:

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