After Sunak in UK… Yousaf possible in Scotland… Karma might be started to hit the Great Britain
After Indian origin, Rishi Sunak became prime minister of UK, now it seems like time for Scotland to have its own Pakistani Prime minister.
The man who may have the fate of Britain in his hand is a Muslim politician who describes himself as religious, but he faces a difficult choice between the principles of his religion and the extreme liberal Western values.
One of the strongest candidates for the leadership of the Scottish National Party and thus the prime minister of Scotland is the Minister of Health, Humza Yousaf, who is of Pakistani origin.
Members of the Scottish National Party (SNP), numbering about 100,000 people, began voting to choose a new prime minister after the resignation of Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and this party calls for organizing a new referendum on the independence of Scotland after the failure of the previous referendum in 2014, by a small margin, but after the exit of the kingdom, the United States of the European Union believes that the chances of independence have been enhanced, because Scotland is the only territory that voted to remain in the European Union.
3 candidates are competing for this position, and they are Minister of Health Humza Yousaf, Secretary of the Treasury Kate Forbes, and Minister of Local Affairs Ash Reagan, but all expectations indicate that the competition between Yousaf and Forbes will decline.
These elections will be historic par excellence, and if Humza Yousaf wins, he will be the first Muslim prime minister in the history of Scotland and Europe.
If Kate Forbes wins, she will be the youngest prime minister in the country’s history, at just 32 years old.
And if the Scottish-Pakistani candidate, Humza Yousaf, wins the race, he will become the country’s first minister or prime minister of Scotland, at a time when London is trying to prevent a new referendum on the independence of the region.
And if Humza Yousaf manages to win and reach the premiership, then he will have achieved a historic achievement as the first Muslim person to reach this position in all of Europe, to follow in the footsteps of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who entered history as the first British Prime Minister of Indian origin.
Despite this, it seems that the comparison with the fate of Sunak may be fraught with danger, as during the competition between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and although the leadership of the party was with Sunak, the bases chose Liz Truss at the expense of Sunak, due to ideological considerations driven by the tendency of the white person rather than “The Alien”.
Accordingly, Humza Yousaf may fall victim to the same mentality, especially if the confrontation between him and Kate Forbes recedes, as the bases may choose Kate despite the support of the party leadership for Yousaf.
Scotland like the rest of the UK is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society, and people are interested in Humza Yousaf’s suitability as SNP leader based more on his performance in the post than on his race.
There are a number of well-known politicians who hold religious beliefs in Scotland.
Kate Forbes, who is also running for SNP leadership, is a practicing member of the Free Church of Scotland, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair is a practicing Catholic.
Sunder Katwala, director of the British Future Foundation, said Humza Yousaf’s victory meant that “ethnic diversity has become the new normal in British politics”.
He says race and religion are incidental. In the run-up to the vote, Yousaf’s challenges have nothing to do with his ethnic background.
Humza Yousaf enjoys strong support from the party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, who sees it as a continuation of her project, especially with regard to secession from Britain.
On the other hand, Kate Forbes enjoys the confidence of the conservative bloc within the party.
It’s expected that the three candidates will fail to obtain the required 50%, which means going to a second round of elections with the exclusion of the candidate who received the least votes in the first round.
Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Minister of Health, is the first non-white government minister and the first Muslim minister in the Scottish government in 2018.
Yousaf’s father, who was born in Mian Chunu, Pakistan, immigrated to Glasgow, the capital of Scotland, with his family in 1964, and his mother, who was born in Kenya to a family of South Asian descent, also moved to Scotland in 1968.
Yousaf studied politics at the University of Glasgow, where he was active in student politics and became president of the Muslim Students’ Union. In 2011, at the age of 26, Yousaf became the youngest member of the Scottish Parliament, when he won for Glasgow.
In an expression of his Scottish-Pakistani identity, he was sworn in Urdu and English, and wore a black embroidered shawl with tartan shawl from Partick Thistle Football Club.
In 2016, when he was sworn in Urdu for the second time, he said: “Urdu is neither my first language nor my second language… However, I wanted to pay tribute to my father, my ancestors and my heritage as a proud Scottish Pakistani and I thought the best way to do that would be to take an oath in English and Urdu – while wearing a skirt and a Sherwani jacket!”
“Yousaf’s win will be symbolic,” James Mitchell, professor of public policy at the University of Edinburgh, told Pakistan’s Dawn.
If Humza Yousaf becomes the leader of the SNP and the first minister, this means that the leaders of the two largest parties in Scotland will be led by Scots of Pakistani origin, as Anas Sarwar is the leader of the Scottish Labor Party (pro-British), and so far they have proven to be very popular and effective.
An enthusiastic supporter of secession from Britain, but what about homosexuality and sex change?!
One of the paradoxes witnessed in these elections is the dominance of the issue of homosexuality and the law of sex change over the discussions between the candidates for the elections, especially after the British government used its veto power to overturn a law approved by the government of Nicola Sturgeon, which allows children at the age of 16 to change their gender without parental consent and without medical approval.
Many of Humza Yousaf’s ideas shocked Muslims as well as Christian Christians, not only because of his stance on homosexuality but his drive for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.
Humza Yousaf’s position is the most severe among the candidates on the issue of secession from the United Kingdom, and he raised the intensity of this position when he announced – in the last electoral debate with the rest of the candidates – that if he reached the position of prime minister, he would announce the organization of early elections and guarantee an absolute majority of more than 60%.
In alliance with the Green Party, after which there will be a referendum on secession from Britain, and if Hamza Yusuf’s goals are achieved, he may become the first president of the Republic of Scotland.
While Kate Forbes says that she will seek separation, but when its conditions are ripe, and she believes that the referendum can wait for the next 6 years without entering into a confrontation with London now.
But the issue of same-sex marriage is more problematic for the Muslim politician who prides himself on observing Ramadan, and while Humza Yousaf presents himself as a defender of the rights of sexual minorities and homosexuals, and the defense of same-sex marriage, his rival Kate Forbes stands in complete contrast, as she openly declared that she does not support same-sex marriage, as well as rejects the idea of procreation outside marriage.
It also rejects the law facilitating sex reassignment operations.
Kate Forbes draws her positions – in this case – from her upbringing and receiving a conservative church upbringing, which raised her popularity among the conservative bloc in Scotland, in exchange for gay defense organizations announcing their support for Humza Yousaf.
Thus, the conflict between the two candidates turned into a struggle between a current that the Scottish press calls the progressive current represented by Humza Yousaf, and the conservative current represented by Kate Forbes.
Yousaf said the SNP leader shouldn’t oppose same-sex marriage, adding: “I don’t agree with this view that same-sex is a sin!”, but the Muslim politician who could become the next leader of the Scottish National Party couldn’t escape the fact that his religion opposes same-sex marriage, especially since he doesn’t present himself as secular or Islamophobic.
The Scottish health minister said his belief didn’t mean he was unable to decide on legislation: “I am a supporter of same-sex marriage”.
He added, “Let me get to the heart of the problem you are asking me about… I am Muslim… I am a person who takes pride in my faith… I’ll fast during Ramadan in a few weeks, but what I don’t do is use my faith as a basis for legislation… What I do as a representative, as a leader, as a member of the Scottish Parliament, is to present and pursue policy in the interest of the country”.
The Scottish health minister’s comments came after early leadership candidate Kate Forbes lost electoral support for saying her Christian faith meant she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman and that having children out of wedlock was wrong.
When asked about Forbes’ comments on the Radio Times, Yousaf said, “I couldn’t take part in your show and tell you that I can change what Islam says about same-sex marriage, gay sex or the mainstream Islamic view,” as he put it.
And he said: “I’d be lying to your viewers if I said… Everyone knows what the position of mainstream Islam is (as he put it) in this regard, but the question is, do people use the basis of their faith as a law? I haven’t done it, and I won’t do it because I don’t think that’s the job of lawmakers or policymakers”.
In an interview with Channel 4 News, Yousaf described himself as a devout Muslim and said he would celebrate Ramadan soon, but insisted he personally supported same-sex marriage.
Yousaf also added, “I cannot change what is in the Bible”.
However, critics pointed out that he missed a key vote in the Scottish Parliament on the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2014.
Humza Yousaf said that his absence from the vote on equality on same-sex marriage “is being focused on for political reasons,” explaining that the reason for his absence at the time was due to an important meeting with the Pakistani government.
Furthermore, Yousaf indicates that he was trying to get a Scottish citizen (attacked on death row) to Scotland.
Humza Yousaf promised that Islam wouldn’t influence his policies if he became prime minister and insisted he celebrated diversity.
“I believe in a Scotland that celebrates differences, celebrates diversity and celebrates equality,” he said.
He added, “I have been part of a minority all my life in this country, and I know that my rights are intertwined with the rights of everyone else, when you start to reduce or undo people’s rights, you will do it for my rights as well… So I am a person who firmly believes in progress, and my track record of supporting equality issues is well known, including issues affecting the LGBTI community (Scotland’s own gay and bisexual)”.
As the continuity candidate to succeed Nicola Sturgeon, Mr. Humza endorsed Sturgeon’s decision to defend the plan to allow people to identify themselves as the opposite sex.
He said the Scottish government should go to court to challenge the UK government’s unprecedented decision to veto the Gender Recognition Reform Bill.
“Are we in the cave, that the UK government will use its red veto against this decision?” he said.