While I was asking the candidates who are standing in East Renfrewshire what their positions were on fracking and asylum detention, our friends at Common Weal were busy finding out whether any of them were willing to sign up for their Red Lines campaign.
As part of a nationwide effort, the East Renfrewshire candidates were asked whether they would support one or more of the following positions:
There’s more information on all of those points at the above links if, like me, you’re a sucker for detail.
According to this spreadsheet compiling the responses of candidates all over Scotland, none of the candidates standing in East Renfrewshire for this election agreed to sign up to any of these positions. It’s fair to say that some of the values behind these proposals are shared by the parties involved – decentralised power isn’t totally alien to the Liberal Democrats, for example, while the SNP have a long standing opposition to Trident – so there might be other factors involved in the lack of uptake here.
Scottish Green Party candidates committed to these positions across the board, as did most of our comrades in the Scottish Socialist Party. You might not be able to vote for either of those parties in East Renfrewshire this year, but if you find yourself thinking that you’d rather live in a country that stuck to these principles, remember that politics doesn’t stop after you cast your vote tomorrow.
When the dust settles on the general election, we’ll still be campaigning on all of these points in the hope of making a better world. It’s going to be hard. We’d love you to join us .