It's my view that just a single year of post-Brexit Tory rule is going to destroy the prospects of an entire generation.
I have no choice but to question whether a parliamentarian paid in excess of £64K (MSP) or £82K (MP) (plus expenses) truly understand the misery that's coming to those in the working class earning the minimum wage.
Perhaps if Parliamentarians were paid the minimum wage, there would be a greater sense of urgency in moving towards indyref 2. And, of course, some may say that making such a statement is inflammatory, and to them, I would say: "And?".
The reason I would say that is that statistics do not reflect what is going to happen to ordinary members of the electorate already struggling to make ends meet when everything suddenly becomes 20 to 30% more expensive and their wages remain stagnant!
And if that pisses people off to say that, then I am sorry that you are unable to grasp the reality of the situation. A person earning more than £50K a year will be able to absorb the hit of brexit. Those earning minimum wage won't!
If our thinking is informed by our personal feelings then it is reasonable to ask parliamentarians on such a high income if they truly understand how badly this is going to hit the working class because their income far exceeds those in the 19% tax bracket.

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