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Why am I standing?

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Here I am, the wrong side of 60.  I finished up my time offshore last year, a little early due to the Covid-19 situation.  I had just bought a very small, cheap place in Spain last March, but have not been able to use it at all.  I thought, “Ah well!  I’ve done my bit, time now to kick back and enjoy what is left of life to me.  Winters in Spain, regular golf, plenty ‘Galavantin’ as we call it in the NE”.

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 9 March 2021. Pictured: James Whitelaw. Candidate photos and photoshoot for Reform UK Scotland Party for the up and coming Holyrood Scottish Parliamentary Elections in May 2021. Michelle Ballantyne MSP is Leader of the Party. Credit: Colin Fisher

The trouble is, as I have settled into more time at home, I have had more time to read the news and catch up with what is happening in our country, I have become so enraged with the injustices, the corruption, the cesspool of cronyism, lies and deceit that I feel compelled to do something about it.

My first step was to join the Reform Party, the simple reason is that they are the only party that recognizes our system is broken and want to do something about it.  As I have become more involved, listening to other people’s story, I have realized that not only is all that I feared true, but it is merely scratching the surface of the corruption and dishonesty in both of our parliaments.

I have been a lifelong Conservative voter, but sadly they no longer live up to their name.  They are neither Conservative nor unionist.  How could I possibly vote for a PM who is happy to throw NI to the dogs?  If he is willing to do that to NI, who he has depended on many times for allies in parliament, what would he be willing to do to Scotland who rarely return many Tory MPs?

What are my alternatives?  The SNP who are led by a deranged woman who can think of nothing but independence, and is currently fighting for her political career after having been found, not only to have misled Parliament but by fevered attempts to cover it all up, along with an obsessed desire to jail a man who mentored her, but has already been found not guilty?

Labour?  Let us not even go there.  Liberals and Greens?  Heads in the clouds, living on a different planet as far as I am concerned.  No, I am sorry, there is no major party I would even consider voting for.  The big problem is, these parties do have some decent candidates, but once they get in, they will come up against the party machine.  They must toe the line, or they will languish on the backbenches and get no support when it comes to re-election.

The whole political system, not only in the UK but in all western countries is rotten to the core, beholden to paymasters who control everything.  The long and short of it is this, if you continue to vote for these people, then you will continue to get the same result.  A cesspool of moral corruption and a continued stripping of our freedoms.