Can anyone understand why Alex Salmond is offering his party to Labour? Certainly I can't and neither can this blogger. Why would the SNP want to keep Labour in Westminster? Surely a Tory government paves the way for the SNP to make a case for independence. If this election has offered nothing else, it has certainly shown the political divide between England and Scotland.
Even the less politically aware know that each General Election is turned into a referendum on Scottish independence by Labour and that's the only reason why whole swathes vote for Labour just to stop the SNP. Come next year's Scottish elections normal voting will return.
Today senior tories are analysing why their vote in Scotland didn't increase and complain that Cameron's face on campaigning literature had not helped their cause. Maybe he doesn't have the appeal here that he appears to hold in England, but it wasn't only Cameron's fault. The tories in Scotland ran a poor campaign. Two visits from Cameron in the fading days of the campaign was more of an insult than a compliment to their Scots followers.
Alex Salmond knows that the SNP vote in the east of Scotland comes from old tory heartlands. Many SNP voters in these constituencies are ex-tory voters. Why would he sacrifice these votes by offering to join with Labour - the party which detests the SNP?
Sitting quietly on the sidelines watching and waiting would have been a far more sensible, and dignified, act. I have no idea who is advising them at present, but between their poor campaign with their 'more nats, less cuts' slogan and now offering themselves to the Labour party, I know at least one SNP voter who may be tempted to vote Green at the Scottish elections next year. Only because I feel the SNP is prostituting itself for power and not for the good of Scotland.
The Greens are the only other party in Scotland which supports independence.
There is an interesting article in today's Times 'Cut Scotland loose - then we'll have a fair voting system'. If only independence could be so easy.