Independence, a major stake in the Scottish Poll

Independence, a major stake in the Scottish Poll
By Cécile Ducourtieux

Posted today at 3:00 pm, updated at 3:10 pm.

Koukab Stewart did not think of this meeting at the heights of the National Party of Scotland – the National Party of Scotland – Calvin, a thriving district (red stone buildings, graded aspect) in the north-west of Glasgow, is economical. The Capital of Scotland. It is not that this retired teacher, who takes out his badge from his pocket, feels ashamed of his affiliation with the Scottish Independent Party. opposite of this. In the SNP stronghold, this woman of Pakistani descent has every chance of being elected to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May. “I was the first BME candidate [« black and minority ethnic », issue des minorités ethniques] When the Scottish Parliament was inaugurated in 1999. At the time, I was not selected. I may be the first BME MP to join. It only took me twenty two years! “, This longtime freedom activist jokes.

Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate Kaukab Stewart on 13 April in Glasgow.

But three weeks away from a historic turnout for Scotland and the rest of the UK, Kaukab Stewart is moving slightly in the fog. It is not easy to promote in Scotland in the midst of deconfinement, when only hairdressers and schools have reopened and it will be necessary to wait until April 26 for non-essential shops to lift their curtains. “From this morning, we can finally go door-to-door, but it’s impossible to keep our distance in the stairway, so we’ll be satisfied to tow”, Kakub Stewart says.

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In the streets of Glasgow, any election poster – the city prohibits them – no political tags – they are quickly erased. The same leads to Edinburgh, the royal political capital of Scotland, an hour’s drive east. “We really have no means of knowing what people think other than following the bubble expressed on Twitter”, SNP city councilor Sean Macaulay in Irvine, a satellite city of Glasgow on the west coast, explains.

An absolutely leftist program

Not that there is much mystery: the SNP is sure to come out on top, and Nicola Sturgeon, her boss, is almost certain to put her in the position of “first minister”. But what his party is aiming for is an absolute majority of seats (65 out of 129), to have enough legitimacy to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, failing one after another in 2014 (with 55% of the vote) . . In such a situation, many people in London and Scotland believe that it will be difficult for the Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to oppose it.

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