I saw a chart earlier based on online responses to the Leaders’ Debate that was shown on BBC One Scotland this evening. The debate was between Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservatives, Jim Murphy of Scottish labour, Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie; and rather unfortunately for anyone watching, UKIP’s David Coburn.
Unsurprisingly, Nicola Sturgeon topped the chart with the most positive responses whilst David Coburn was placed last.
What I did find surprising, at least at first, was the fact that Scottish Labour’s Jim Murphy placed behind Ruth Davidson. A Tory received a higher positive response than someone from Labour in Scotland. Just think about that for a second…
The language used when discussing politics in Scotland is something I have touched upon briefly on this blog before, during the independence referendum; but due to recent events I think it’s something that deserves to be revisited.
The referendum ignited something in Scots that I don’t think we’ve experienced for a very long time, it’s something that I certainly had never previously experienced in my lifetime – and that is a newly awakened political engagement. We now have people from across the spectrum of Scottish society who are discussing, debating, and most importantly of all aware of the politics of our nation as well as across the United Kingdom as a whole.
We asked for that. We asked for people to become aware and to get involved. Both sides of the referendum campaign reached out to those previously disengaged from politics and we asked them to join us, and they have. Now it would seem that the complaint has moved on from “people are disengaged, this isn’t right!” to “people are now engaged but we don’t like the way in which they’re engaging!”. Continue reading →