Letter: How I wish I could vote for the Scottish National Party!

Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader
Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader

I wish that I could vote for the SNP.

A few weeks ago I formally joined the Conservative Party purely as a means to an end to get a vote in their next leadership election.

Within a few weeks, no doubt after having carried out a few background checks, my membership was revoked by Kettering Conservatives.

However, this still hasn’t stopped the Conservative Party from bombarding me with emails telling me about all the pitfalls of a vote for the Labour Party.

I have always voted Labour, aside from the 2015 General Election when, along with almost five million others, I voted for UKIP.

But because of our completely unfair and unrepresentative electoral system, almost five million votes was only enough to return just one MP!

Whereas just 4.7 per cent of the total votes cast was enough to return 56 SNP MPs in Scotland.

As for the next General Election, I can’t see myself ever voting for Labour again.

Momentum have effectively hijacked the party. They are, in effect, just another reincarnation of Militant.

And we all know how 1983’s General Election turned out for Labour; a 144-seat Tory majority.

They’ve made it their mission to deselect almost every decent centre-right Labour MP.

Then on the other hand, we have numerous Labour MPs who represent the London boroughs.

They are so consumed with trying to overturn the result of the EU referendum that everything else is just an irrelevance.

How can you vote for a party which is even more divided than the Conservatives, who, when all is said and done are only divided over the one issue, Brexit.

Again, because of the electoral system, a vote for the Lib Dems is just a waste of time and ink.

As for UKIP; their antics since the 2015 General Election when they were riding on the crest of a wave, has possibly only served to prove what David Cameron said in 2013 about UKIP, which went something along the lines of fruit cakes and loonies, which is also a bit rich coming from a man who refused to invest in building more social houses, according to Nick Clegg’s memoirs.

His reasoning behind his decision; because council tenants were never ever going to vote Conservative.

You can’t be more discriminating than that.

So who else does that leave that I can vote for? It’s a shame that the SNP or Welsh Nationals aren’t going to field any candidates outside of Scotland and Wales.

At least Nicola Sturgeon has a clear aim in life, and all her MPs are signing from the same hymn sheet.

They put their national interests above party politics and individual agendas.

Which is more than can be said for our two biggest mainstream political parties!

Ivan Humphrey

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