I think I understand why the SNP manifesto ignores the environment almost completely – it’s because wildlife, forestry, agriculture, planning, fisheries etc are all devolved matters. The Scottish parliament already has a very high level of power over these things. However, in a manifesto which says that the SNP ‘will use our influence at Westminster to help deliver positive change for the benefit of ordinary people, not just in Scotland, but across the UK‘ then this ordinary person finds the manifesto sadly empty on a subject about which I care deeply.
It also suggests very strongly that the SNP MPs who come to Westminster, as they may in large numbers, may play a part in making my life better (by ‘locking out’ the Conservative Party and opposing exit from the EU), but their main aim seems to be to carry bags of British gold back to Scotland.
It’s a shame, because I like quite a lot of what the SNP offers – except it doesn’t offer it to me, it only offers it to Scotland. A party with which I feel quite a lot of empathy doesn’t give a monkey’s about me even though it is turning up in the parliament that governs my life. Hmm.
The SNP will support a ban on fracking and call for carbon targets across the UK that are as ambitious as those already agreed in Scotland. But that’s it.
Well I can’t vote for the SNP anyway!
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