Ian Duncan came back up. Standing in the middle of the half-abandoned shopping center in Kirkcaldy, a town in eastern Scotland, this staunch supporter of independence is plaguing “ the English [qui] refuse to let us express ourselves when they took us out of the European Union against our will “.
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No doubt: this Thursday, May 6, this 60-year-old skilled worker will vote in favor of the Scottish National Party (SNP). “ If we get an absolute majority in parliament, whoever is in power in London will not be able to deny us an independence referendum. “, assures the one who does not carry in his heart the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson is almost unanimous against him in Scotland
During the first referendum on independence in 2014, 55.3% of Scots did not want to take the plunge, in short preferring the British crown to the solo adventure. But that was before another referendum turned the political landscape upside down. On June 23, 2016, 62% of Scots voted this time to stay in the EU, while the UK voted 53.3% to leave.
Since then, Scottish Prime Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has made a good argument for obtaining a second independence referendum from London, especially as she hopes to obtain an absolute majority in parliament, which would make it more difficult to obtain a second independence referendum. refusal of Boris Johnson.
Kirkcaldy and his region voted 55% against independence in 2014. But polls indicate a change in local mood. Louise McJeachy is one of the new converts to independence. “ The pandemic has highlighted the need for independence, explains this 23-year-old employee. Nicola Sturgeon managed the crisis much better than Boris Johnson, she also believes. The Tories are a disaster for our country. We cannot be led by a party that was not elected by the Scots, and never will be. “
And for sure, Boris Johnson is almost unanimous against him in Scotland. Clown, liar, there is no lack of qualifiers in the mouths of voters. “ It is the best gift for the SNPadmits James Mitchell, professor of public policy at the University of Edinburgh. Even though the number of deaths during the pandemic is proportionately similar in Scotland and England, the Prime Minister’s muddled handling of the pandemic contrasts with that, serious and caring, of Nicola Sturgeon. “
It’s the future that worries
At the beginning of April, the polls gave more than 50% of the votes to the SNP, an exceptional score for a party in power for fourteen years, which could ensure an absolute majority in parliament. But the party’s image has been tarnished in recent weeks by dissensions between Nicola Sturgeon and former SNP historic leader Alex Salmond. With more than 44% of voting intentions, the party would be at the same level as in 2016 and could lose a handful of seats.
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But in Kirkcaldy, it is above all the future that worries, and on this point, the SNP’s economic proposals are not reassuring. If the city is only half an hour by train from the Scottish capital, a world separates them. On the one hand, elegant Edinburgh, with its chic shops, quality restaurants and freestone buildings, and on the other, Kirkcaldy with its empty windows, inexpensive stores and grocery stores, buildings covered with ‘a simple plaster. So much so that the inhabitants of this former industrial city, known for decades as the linoleum capital of the world, seem to care mainly about its daily life.
“How to revive the economy “
“ I have always voted SNP, but what interests me above all is how the government is handling the pandemic, and how it will revive the economy. “says Jordan Callaghan, 27, a plumber who isn’t much interested in politics. “ It is more important to me than independence. “
Even Ian Duncan, despite his independence fervor, repeats the Scottish government’s slogan: “ We don’t want a referendum until the country is out of the pandemic and the economy is stronger. “ Nicola Sturgeon will know at the end of the week if her less radical speech reassured voters.