Recently, a few members of the RBS community had some fun compiling a list of reasons why people might want to Vote No in a second IndyRef. Well, it began as fun but became depressing as we read through the list. However, Theresa May’s U-turn on calling a General Election has rather changed the situation. Since the list was of policies, it’s probably more relevant to a General Election anyway. Bearing in mind that the Tories are pursuing Brexit and opposing Scottish independence, the General Election has turned into something of a binary choice for most voters in Scotland. You may not like the thought of Scotland becoming a normal country, but here’s what you’ll get if the Tories stay in power and we can’t escape. If you are inclined to vote Tory in order to preserve the Union, you really ought to read this list to see what is in store for all of us.
Read on if you dare.
Vote Tory if you think nuclear weapons are a good thing, even though the UK doesn’t control the launch codes, and you think our nuclear weapons should be based close to our major population centre.
Vote Tory if you like your country being at war on a more or less permanent basis.
Vote Tory if you believe that the refugees created by our wars should be kept out of the UK because their lives aren’t important.
Vote Tory if you think pretty much any foreigner should be kept out of the UK because, after all, who needs foreigners?
Vote Tory if you want to receive one of the lowest Old Age Pensions in Europe, as well as having the pension age increased so that you will likely end up working until you die.
Vote Tory if you are in favour of the Triple Lock Guarantee on Pensions being removed.
Vote Tory if you believe the NHS should be privatised because ordinary folk don’t really need healthcare, do they?
Vote Tory if you believe people should pay for their prescriptions, thus forcing poor people to choose between eating or taking their medication.
Vote Tory if you believe students should pay tuition fees, either saddling themselves with debt or forcing poorer students away from Further Education.
Vote Tory if you genuinely believe, in defiance of the facts, that Austerity economics is essential in order to reduce the National Debt.
Vote Tory if you believe the burden of tax should fall on ordinary citizens and that Corporations should be allowed to avoid paying tax.
Vote Tory if you want workers’ rights restricted and pay kept down to the minimum employers can get away with.
Vote Tory if you agree with the policy of shutting down Scotland’s military bases.
Vote Tory if you want to be burdened by paying for things like HS2 which will never reach Scotland.
Vote Tory if you agree that the defence monitoring of Scotland’s coastline should be left in the hands of our fishing fleet because the Royal Navy doesn’t have enough coastal patrol vessels.
Vote Tory if you are happy to see most Tax Offices closed down.
Vote Tory if you believe, in defiance of the facts, that a country cannot produce all its electricity from renewable sources, so subsidies to Scotland’s Renewable industry must be cut so that we can pay for a nuclear station in England which probably won’t work anyway.
Vote Tory if you think it is right that Scotland’s conventional electricity generating power plants should be shut down because of National Grid connection charges imposed by Westminster.
Vote Tory if you want to ensure that your ruling Government is always elected by the voters of England, no matter how Scotland votes.
Vote Tory if you agree that anyone who is Disabled deserves to have their social security payments reduced because they contribute nothing to society.
Vote Tory if you think people who are unemployed don’t deserve any financial assistance and should be sanctioned for missing appointments due to illness.
Vote Tory if you think children should be penalised for being born into poor families by their parents having Tax Credits restricted.
Vote Tory if you think it is right that a woman who has been raped should be subjected to a humiliating interview process if she wishes to claim an exemption from the Tax Credits cap.
Vote Tory if you think wages should be kept so low that hard-working families must still rely on Tax Credits to bring their income to a basic level.
Vote Tory if you are not bothered that 14 million people in the UK are living in poverty.
Vote Tory if you think poor people should be forced to rely on food banks.
Vote Tory if you believe it is in your interests to have your EU citizenship removed despite you voting to retain it.
Vote Tory if you want American corporations to impose their trading standards on the UK, and to be able to sue the UK Government if any legislation prevents them making money, even if the things they do harm our environment and people.
Vote Tory if you think chlorine-washed chicken from the USA sounds yummy and you want to eat lots of that lovely High Fructose Corn Syrup from genetically modified corn.
Vote Tory if you think fracking is a good idea, and are quite prepared to put up with property subsidence, carcinogenic toxins being released into the air and the water supply, while your gas bills will still go up.
Vote Tory if you are happy that your rail fares are among the highest in Europe, while the rail companies receive the highest Government subsidies. (If you can figure out why that is, let us know).
Vote Tory if you agree the Scottish fishing industry should be sacrificed in order to obtain concessions for the City of London from the EU during Brexit negotiations.
Vote Tory if you agree that Scottish farmers should stop receiving EU funding, sending many into bankruptcy.
Vote Tory if you think Scottish universities should stop receiving EU funding. After all, four of Scotland’s universities are in the top 100 in the world, so they don’t need any help to maintain this position, do they?
Vote Tory if you think the unelected House of Lords is a good thing.
Vote Tory if you believe, in defiance of the facts, that you won’t be able to watch the BBC in an independent Scotland.
Vote Tory if you want to have to apply for a visa every time you travel to Europe.
Vote Tory if you think it is right that anyone blowing the whistle on secret Government policies or leaking financial information damaging to the Government should be imprisoned.
Vote Tory if you are happy to have the Government monitor all your phone calls, texts and emails, and has the power to try you in a secret court at which you are not permitted to know the charges against you. (Yes, that really can happen).
Vote Tory if you agree Legal Aid should be made too expensive for the majority of citizens to afford.
Vote Tory if you believe that the way to incentivise rich people is to offer them more money but that the way to incentivise poor people is to reduce their income.
Vote Tory if you want all imports to become more expensive due to trade tariffs being imposed when the UK leaves the EU.
Vote Tory if you prefer doing trade deals with crazed dictators rather than our fellow Europeans.
Vote Tory if you believe families should be split up if one of the couple was not born in the UK and should be deported.
Vote Tory if you want to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia so they can murder children in Yemen.
Vote Tory if you like living in a country which, based on the proportion of national income taken by the top 1%, makes the UK the third most unequal in the developed world.
Vote Tory if, in spite of this fact, you still believe that being part of the UK involves “Pooling and Sharing".
Vote Tory if you think the Scottish Parliament should be abolished so that Westminster can rule Scotland directly and proceed with policies such as the privatisation of the NHS.
Vote Tory if you don’t care about any of the above because you’re doing OK and other people don’t matter to you.
I don’t know about you, but that’s helped me make up my mind.