IN the upcoming local elections, and for that matter, the so-called General Election, the decision on who to vote for is fairly straightforward. You can vote for the blue Tories, the red Tories, or the purple Tories (a mixture of red and blue). These three are committed to the continuation of absolute power being retained in Westminster.

The ONLY reason they accepted the principle of devolution was the sure and certain belief that the devolved “administrations” would be either red or blue.

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My erstwhile MP George Robertson said “devolution will kill independence stone dead.” That was the “grand plan” – unfortunately (for them) it didn’t quite pan out that way.

If you really feel you’re living in one nation or a family of nations, and (in spite of the Brexit vote) you don’t believe that all major decisions in the UK are made by English voters, these are the parties for you. Or you could just vote for one of those wee, marginal, unimportant (according to the London-controlled media) independence-supporting parties, who feel Scotland hasn’t achieved anything like its full potential and could do better being run by those who actually live here.

Remember, in Scotland the PEOPLE are sovereign, NOT the parliament.

Barry Stewart