Politics is divisive. That’s kinda the whole point. People disagree, people vote and lines are drawn and what not. That’s all part of the system.
I find that there’s a particularly problem both with unionist rhetoric and the way it’s portrayed in the media. To both sides, the other side is divisive.
So when Scottish Labour and the Tories come out calling the SNP divisive, it kinda leaves me scratching my head. My first reaction is to be like, “Well fucking duh? You have a different view, of course you see it as divisive.”
Then we go another step and suddenly we don’t want anything divisive to happen at all. “You can’t have a referendum because it’ll be divisive.” Well yeah…yeah it is. That’s kinda the whole reason we do this voting thing.
The reason why Scottish Labour and the Tories have made capital out of this is because they like the idea of not having to argue for the union again. It’s becoming an increasingly difficult thing to actually argue in favour of.
So we get pumped up rhetoric on how in 2014 families and friends were torn apart by the horrific divisiveness of the referendum. We get Scottish labour and Tory candidates coming out saying they no longer speak to friends or family.
Who’s the divisive one when you cut yourself off from family and friends because you have a political disagreement?
This nonsense rhetoric has to stop. Since the dawn of decision making, there has been divisive choices. Do you think the French aristocracy looked out on a revolution and said, “Well guys this is getting a bit too divisive can we just stop?”
Imagine a world where no one could exercise their democratic right due to division. “General elections should be scrapped.”
I think there needs to be some serious thought on this because it’s ridiculous that one side of an argument are able to excuse themselves with ‘its divisive’ and one isn’t.
You could say…it’s divisive.