The Ulsterfication of Scottish Politics

Fascinating post here and a great image. For better or worse its where we are –
“Yet we share not only the same passport and an intertwined history, but now our voting patterns also. For many voters in Scotland the essential dividing line in their party political support is centered on its constitutional position: are they for or against independence.”

Aidan Kerr

Comparisons to Northern Ireland always make some uncomfortable.  Whether it’s the rampant sectarianism, its murderous past or the area’s harsh accent it seems Scots don’t like being compared to our close neighbours.

Yet we share not only the same passport and an intertwined history, but now our voting patterns also.  For many voters in Scotland the essential dividing line in their party political support is centered on its constitutional position: are they for or against independence.

This is the Ulsterfication of Scottish politics, a phenomena which seems it could be here for a while.  As long as people care about independence, or maintaining the Union, first and foremost then the constitution will play a large role in deciding whose box they cross at elections.

Elections in Northern Ireland are mini-referendums with political parties sole existence either to maintain the status-quo or to end the Union’s reach on any part of…

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