Although the initial focus on the back of the SNP’s anticipated majority tomorrow may well be around an alleged moral sanction for an independence referendum, attention may turn to the rise of English nationalism. Frankly, who can blame the English? Amidst a climate of unrest around health and education spending cuts, it hardly seems fair that the Scots should continue to benefit from free prescriptions and no tuition fees.
Only the Scottish Conservatives seem to have a credible, candid and costed manifesto. Bold in places, they propose introducing tuition fees in the form of a graduate charge, albeit capped at £4,000 annually, and reintroducing the standard £5 fee for prescriptions with means testing for those who are unable to pay. They are not Westminster puppets either – with brave policy proposals such as allowing 14 year olds to leave school on the proviso that they take on monitored traineeships and campaigning for the Green Investment Bank to be headquartered in Edinburgh.
Rather lamentable then, that the next Parliamentary term is likely to be dominated by constitutional reform issues which rank fairly low on the Scottish electorate’s priority list and at a time when they need their Government to focus on reducing the deficit while protecting frontline services.