Tuesday, 3 May 2011
The Last Lap
Only two more days of campaigning and then Scotland goes to the polls to elect the next Scottish government. Part of the process is ensuring parties manage to usher their supporters to the local polling stations and to ensure, as much as is possible, they put their marks in the correct boxes. I've had a pamphlet showing me a paper and where I ought to put my crosses if I want to vote SNP. Good idea, especially when there are two papers if the AV referendum one is ignored.
It's been a long haul for the SNP, particularly since the campaigning seemed to start last year when they weren't many people's cup of tea, but they've fought against the negativity, lies and criticism with a professionalism few, other than their supporters, thought they possessed.
The latest poll has been analysed by the Peat Worrier with the Burd insisting it's going down to the wire.
After Sunday's rather feeble BBC leaders' debate in Perth - described to me by a gentleman sitting on my left as "a' gravy and nae meat" - it is very disappointing that the electorate know little more than they did at the beginning of the process, but that's modern politics.
Labour's new mantra about independence does them no favours. Scotland knows that the SNP cannot proclaim independence without the support of the majority of the country and even then it will require a certain amount of goodwill from Westminster to begin the journey. Alex Salmond is correct when he says the Scotland Bill is a priority.
Baring any serious incidents in the next 48 hours, it seems probable that the SNP will be returned for a further term. Considering their opposition during the process it's little wonder.
As for the AV referendum, this is the Rich and Mark have it perfected.