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Why I'm still voting Green (and not SNP) this General Election

You can't exactly escape the name SNP right now. Even my readers below the border will be very familiar with Nicola Sturgeon and her crazies who want to break up the UK. You might remember that last September I was one of these crazies who voted yes in the referendum and cried when I realised it became apparent it wasn't going to happen (it was when Inverclyde said no, then I knew).

But I'm not an SNP voter. I'm a member of the Scottish Greens. I have oohed and ahhed and toyed with the idea of 'lending' my vote to the SNP because of this lovely system we know of as First Past the Post not taking kindly to smaller parties. I'll be voting in a constituency which will be close between SNP and Labour, even though the SNP will probably get it (just). And yes that concerns me, and I know there's very little chance of the Scottish Greens gaining an MP. But guys, I'm sticking with my party and here are my reasons why.

1. Caroline Lucas is already proof we can do this
The First-Past-the-Post system isn't fair to non-mainstream parties but the one Green Party MP is proof that they can get through if people disregard tactical voting. It made my stomach turn when it happened but the by-elections in Clacton and Rochester and Strood also prove this. As do the Respect MP, the Alliance MP and the three independent MPs are proof of this. And let's not forget how the SNP went from a joke of a party to a dominate political force in a short space of time. 

2. Keeping the SNP ego in check
Look, I'd much rather see the SNP in power than quite a lot of other parties. However, once upon a time I'd have said that about Labour (Well, not me personally because they sold out before I reached voting age!). What happened? Labour became the horrible party they are today due to political monopoly because power goes to people's heads (a similar drama happened with the Lib Dems). If SNP get too much power they may easily head in the same direction. By not 'lending' them my vote I'm reminding them that there are other viable left-wing parties in Scotland.

3. I joined the the Greens (and not SNP) for a reason
I know it's still a complicated concept for some no voters to grasp, but not everyone who voted yes in the referendum votes SNP. I've actually never voted SNP in my life (former Lib Dem) and I'm not eagerly keen to start (though they 'll likely get my constituency vote in the Scottish Elections). I didn't even vote yes in principle, I voted yes because I believe the UK is in the shitter and Scotland with its generally more progressive outlook would be better sailing alone. If the UK got out the shitter I might drop the issue. So yeah, not going to lend the SNP my vote because Tommy Sheriden told me to.

(If you take anything Tommy Sheriden says seriously, have a word with yourself. Putting it out there)

4. If UKIP were a serious contender I might tactically vote
Some of you might be reading this in a constituency where a UKIP MP is a likely possibility. In that case 1) my condolences and 2) I understand why you would consider tactical voting. The polls are suggesting that the SNP will grab my Glasgow constituency away from Labour, albeit not by much. If I was to wake up tomorrow to a Lord Ashcroft poll that said weegies were being swayed by the Farage I'd change my mind and use an SNP vote in order to block a UKIP vote.

5. If we don't try, we'll never do it
Look, I know the Scottish Greens are very unlikely to send a MP down to Westminster. At least not at this election. But I'm only 24 and in that lifespan I've already witnessed the political landscape change drastically. I've seen Labour and Tories morph into the same thing. I've seen the downfall of the Liberal Democrats. I've seen the SNP go from a joke to a political force which will likely hold the balance at Westminster. I've also seen some right-winged lunatics with views which belong in the 1950's come out the ranks too. I've witnessed the downfall of two party politics. A lot can change when the public stand up and demand change and the change I want comes in form of the Scottish Greens, not the SNP.

I'm voting for the Scottish Greens because I'm standing by what I believe in.

The Linkables GE2015 special

If you want to know how barmy Labour are these days, here's some words from a former Labour MP.

If you live in a constituency where you may need to tactically vote, keep an eye on the blog of Lord Ashcroft.

The people who accurately predicted the USA Presidential Elections? Here's their thoughts.

English votes for English law may mess up the Budget

SNP vow to start HS2 in Scotland, which could be good for northern England too. 

Just a reminder that Tommy Sheriden is a shitebag. And is probably only screaming support for the SNP because he can't stand yet again.

Oh, and his pro-independence rally wasn't approved by the council

I shared this last week but just sharing it again, because it's very important

It is from 2009 but just reminding people that senior ex-military think Trident should be scrapped

With all the news between the SNP, Labour, Greens etc, you've probably not realised that the SSP are standing a few candidates

If you're from Northern Ireland think twice before voting DUP.

An actual doctor explains why privatisation of the NHS (even if it's free at point of use) is a bad thing. 

11 reasons for rent controls.

Not that I imagine any of my readers voting Tory or them winning in Glasgow, but here's a video of a Tory candidate being sexist

Some more on the Save our NHS campaign.

Engender have rolled up each parties stance on women's issues into a handy PDF

April Playlist

april playlist 2015

Brave as a Noun - Andrew Jackson Jihad
Through the Night - Cedric Gervais
Oh, Susquehanna! - Defiance, Ohio
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Twin Size Matters - The Front Bottoms
Up We Go - Lights
Coffee, God, Cigarettes - Mischief Brew
Viridian City - Pokémon
Cut Us Down - Robot Doctors
Handle Me - Robyn
Sitting Ducks - Sonic Templars
I Saw Water - Tigers Jaw

Villa Toscana, Finnieston

vegetable risotto villa toscuna

Don't ever let it be said that I only eat at Indian restaurants. For the second week running I'm here with a review of an Italian restaurant. I was out with the girls at my work on a recently and we headed our usual joint, Villa Toscana on the Finnieston Strip. 

I've been in this restaurant a few times and it's your simple small Italian place. It's nothing spectacular but it's a nice wee place to grab something for not too much money and has a relaxed atmosphere. I remember the first time I was there I had some rice balls, and this time around I went for a vegetable risotto, with the garlic bread we had on the table and a bottle of wine (to share, just to clarify).

As you might have guessed (especially if you follow me on Instagram) I work near the Finnieston Strip, an area which has loads of little cafés and bars which are independently owned. There is Roots & Fruits which is good for a vegan snack and then there is also Piece, a gourmet sandwich maker which sells a lovely falafel filling (which can be made vegan of you ask for it without mayonnaise). Then for drinks I like to to the expensive but have-plenty-of-rum options Kelvingrove Café.

Where do you like to for a small and simple Italian?