RANDOM THOUGHTS: LOOK WHAT SOME TALENTED PERSON DID… OH, AND I SEE RUTH HAS VOTED

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So, Nicola stopped on the campaign trail and had a selfie with some lads, who look, incidentally, just on the young side for voting…
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And today it is a painting. How’s that for talent?
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Parking for leetle tank commanders only. Eh Gruber?
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STRONG AND STABLE ON PLANET MAY

 

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I can see that standing with legs apart might well mean stable. But strong?
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Just in case she forgets what’s in the manifesto.
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Fàilte gu beaga bìodach seo talla a ‘bhaile ann an Alba. Welcome to this tiny village hall in Scotland. Your English audience probably thinks it’s the main street in Edinburgh.
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Where are the other 26?
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I’d stick to strong and stable if I were you, Tess.
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Your judgement?  Ah, yes.
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No, it won’t.  That is an out and out lie. You have the mandate of the referendum for your negotiations.  Albeit by a relatively narrow squeak, I know, the English and Welsh voted for Brexit. That is the hand you play.  The EU has already said that it makes absolutely no difference to them what the outcome of the election is. You don’t understand the negotiating process at all.
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Booked (a wedding party) for Theresa’s next visit to Scotland.

 

WELL, YOUNG PEOPLE, IT IS UP TO YOU

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As a kind of follow-on from the last post, I thought this was an interesting infographic from the SNP youth wing.

Not all the things mentioned will be important to you, but it’s not hard to see the contrast in the policies and to come down on one side or the other.

What kind of future do you see for yourselves? (Of course, you should remember, that Hard Brexit is only two words here, but it will affect many young people disproportionately. Forget travelling, studying abroad, Erasmus, European funding, settling down with a European partner. Think, isolated.)

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MESSAGE TO 18-24-YEAR-OLDS

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They say that in a democracy, you get the government you vote for. It’s a debatable point particularly when you use first past the post voting system.

But what is certainly also true is that if you don’t vote you may get the government [or council] you didn’t vote for.

Everyone is entitled to a vote, to a say in how their local or central government is run. Male and female, religious and not religious, straight and gay, rich and poor, black and white and OLD and YOUNG.

In Scottish elections young starts at 16; in English 18… and lasts till you die.

It’s a privilege that many people across the world don’t have, and I’ve always used it.

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This IPSO Mori shows the proportion of people in different age groups (among other classifications) who voted.

So 43% of people 18-24 voted in the 2015 election. That means that 57% didn’t.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 78% of the 65+ group voted and only 22% didn’t.

So maybe you got the government your parents or grandparents wanted.

Nothing wrong with that if you agree with their politics.

But if you prefer your own politics to theirs, maybe you should make the effort to get out there on election day…local or UK… and vote for YOUR choice.

Otherwise, don’t complain when the government enacts policies best suited to older people. And yes, VAT going up will affect you, as will whether or not we can continue to provide free university education, whether we get a decent Brexit that will allow you to study abroad, or even go on holiday, whether there are jobs, what the income tax rate will be, housing and transport… Well, most stuff really.

After all, if you can’t be bothered giving up 5 minutes to vote, you can’t be very interested in your future. So having your grandparents’ choice won’t bother you much.

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But seriously, would you let them pick your car, your clothes, what music you listen to?