I’ve never given much credence to polls but the latest Lord Ashcroft poll regarding Scotland’s voting intentions has created quite a stooshie in the media.
The 'shock and horror’ if it was very evident on Andrew Neil’s face when he interviewed Alex Salmond on yesterday’s Daily Politics show on BBC2.
Whilst browsing through the newspapers this morning I noticed one commenter on the Guardian article - yes I do read that newspaper occasionally - wrote the following. It seemed an paragraph of amusing nonsense when first read, but then it occurred to me that the commenter wasn’t wrong when he says ‘stranger things have happened’. They have indeed.
Well call me Mr Cynical but I'd be astonished if the Tories and Labour aren't doing a little back room dealing and discussing the merits of a grand coalition. It's not hard to imagine the speech in the rose garden a'la Cameron and Clegg but with Milliband and Cameron this time.
'In this time of instability, financial insecurity, global threats, Isis etc etc, we have both discussed the issues at hand and in light of the fact we both got approximately 50% of (English) votes we think that, and more importantly we think it's what the electorate would want, is that what Britain needs now is stability. Therefore myself and Ed have decided that together we will now form a Grand Coalition as we look to usher in a new era of Consensus Politics, a politics of common ground, shared endeavour, not locking horns but bringing the best of all talents together for the common good. The road ahead will be rocky and we wont agree on everything, but what we do agree on is the need to make Britain (England) great again.'
Flashbulbs and much jollity from UK Media ensues.
If you take time to think about it then it's probably the next logical progression for both parties. You would have various MP's squealing but if the English electorate went for it then they'd quieten down quick enough rather than lose their seats. Ukip would gain a few members, you'd probably get a new, far more left leaning, Labour party under a new name, and Scotland would declare independence within a decade, and that's being generous. England would become a one party state for the forseeable future, if it isn't already...
The reason that this isn't entirely implausible is because if the SNP wipe out Labour, or near enough, then neither party have anything to lose by excluding Scotland from the democratic process. Another part of the the logical endgame.
Stranger things have happened.