On may 8th Scotland woke up to a very different political landscape. Different that is in the dominant party.
This has been touted as a defining moment, a sea-change, a revolution even. My friends say I'm a cynic but I'm not convinced.
I'll stick to the Scottish situation as that's where my experience lies and I don't want to patronise my English, Welsh or Cornish comrades who will no doubt know the lay of the land there better than me. We've seen politicians come and go with promises to change the world. This is often very quickly forgotten once they realise that to keep their careers, lavish expenses and salaries far beyond the reaches of most Scottish Citizens (no, we'll never be subjects even though it says it on our passports) they need to keep their heads down and toe the line.
With regards to the parties and animals rights/ welfare you couldn't get a fag paper between them policy wise. All display varying degrees of "we'd love to help but we can't as it would cost jobs/ upset religious groups/ cause your granny to die of cancer/ spark the breakdown of society (delete as applicable).".
Another factor that's neglected is the power of the Civil Service. These unelected individuals effectively frame government policy and it doesn't matter who you vote in, they'll still be advised by the same Civil Servants.
So what happens when Civil Servants go rogue? You get this: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5323fef14402c8a6293efe8c3&id=48da7fa58b&e=2f77016e41 and this: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5323fef14402c8a6293efe8c3&id=d68ab3d3b7&e=352310fc9d and who knows what else we'll never find out.
There are Civil Servants, MSPs, MP's, Councillors and elected Community Representatives across Scotland with integrity and honour. Because of the current situation where officials prefer to deal with crooked, 'animal welfare' organisations who have been counting their substantial salaries over the corpses of dead, brutalised animals for years many politicians genuinely don't know that they're being conned.
What we need is real political change. From top to bottom it's broken and needs stripped and rebuilt. If you voted last Thursday join that party and change it from the inside. If you didn't get active and start contacting your representatives, takes 5 minutes here: https://www.writetothem.com/
To the newly elected MPs and sitting political reps of all stripes? Let's work together and build a new Scotland for humans and non-humans.
Scotland for Animals aren't the neds/ thugs/ degenerates/ malcontents (again, delete as applicable) that a small but very powerful alliance of industry, bent animal groups and the officially corrupt would lead you to believe.
We're wee furby's really. Call us.