We may fool ourselves in Scotland that we are living in a democracy but we need only observe the world around us to understand that there is a great danger that soon this will no longer be true.
It was just about alright under Alex Salmond who was reasonably benign in his immediate actions, if less so in his longer-term nationalistic ambitions. However his dictatorial side manifested itself particularly in his foolish and uninformed pursuit of alternative energy, covering our countryside in windmills regardless of the cost or the consequences. There were many in the Scottish Government who agreed with him in the knowledge that not to do so was pretty counterproductive as a career move.
We have seen the last days of Salmond’s leadership and now, at the beginning of Nicola Sturgeon’s time at the tiller, the omens are not good and the rise of the Fascist State begins to manifest itself.
What do I mean by a Fascist State?
One that believes that the state knows best. It has no need to take companies into public ownership because it knows it can so limit our freedoms through bureaucratic controls and box ticking that there is no need for the state to physically take over. It is socialism by other means.
Centralisation is all.
Already the eight separate police forces have, to their great detriment, been centralised into one unit – Police Scotland – and the cracks are beginning to show. There cannot be one force dealing with the Highlands and Islands and the more violent areas of Glasgow at the same time. There are different needs and different styles required in different places.
More importantly local accountability disappears because Scotland’s present Chief Constable clearly does not give a damn for anyone else’s opinion.
The SNP and Ms Sturgeon complain bitterly about rule from Westminster (which is pretty ridiculous when you consider how much of our lives they are already responsible for) and yet they seek to do exactly the same to disparate parts of Scotland whose relevance to Edinburgh is possible more divorced from understanding than Westminster is from Holyrood.
The unpleasant undercurrent in this election has been unscrupulous and populist politicians appealing to the baser instincts of the electorate without any regard to what is good for the country.
Yet another example of how far we are fallen.
The metropolitan politician with no understanding of life outside his gilded cage now dominates political life. One might understand - and even agree with - old fashioned socialist views where they have been honed through poverty and experience.
But one can have little but contempt for the views and actions of an only moderately intelligent Ed Miliband - protected, hugely privileged, reared on communist propaganda and living in an expensive house in a fashionable left wing area with two kitchens and a servant in the basement.
Into this world, should we be foolish enough to elect its proponents to rule us, will creep the apparatus of state control.
The importance of politicians will be emphasised, their ability to travel smoothly around the country in pursuit of their duties will be provided for with special lanes to and from airports and successful people will leave the country in droves.
The SNP and the left will say this does not matter – good riddance to the rich and successful, down with capitalism. Until the country becomes bankrupt and the queues at food banks grow ever longer, they will fail to accept that capitalism, though often unpleasant, is the only system that works; like it or not, it provides opportunity, allows change, encourages individuality and it’s freedoms make for a greater happiness amongst a greater number of people than any state promoted system can possibly hope to achieve.
This is an undisputed truth which can be seen in any other country where the state has become more important than the individual because the state hates individuality and loathes any kind of non-conformity.
Always remember - our politicians are there to serve, not to rule.