Given the gravity of world events—emotive clashes in Tahrir Square; 5bn tonnes of CO2 exhaled by parched Amazon forests; double-devastation to half of Queensland, as well as the deepest world recession in a generation—it’s perhaps no wonder few know or care that Scottish elections are just three months off.
In fact, people blame their politicians for this recession as much as they blame foreign bankers. Their focus is on the pragmatic—the price of petrol or how tough making their mortgage has become. Few retain the broad view that considers root cause. As usual, our American cousins have a pithy phrase for this kind of thinking: “When you’re up to your ass in alligators, it’s hard to remember your original plan was to drain the swamp.”
Whoever forms our Government will spend over £30bn of public money—£5,000 for each one of us. We could drain this swamp we’ve fallen in by firing the Scottish economy into the stratosphere of Scandinavia (Norwegian GDP per capita is five times Scotland’s). Then all those fiscal alligators would have nowhere to live. But, before then, you—and 4m others—will need time to work out who can take us there. Start now. As Jeb Bartlett said (also pithily) in The West Wing: “Decisions are taken by those who show up.”