Friday, 8 May 2015
A Good Result For Scotland
Yes it was an excellent result for Scotland but - there’s always a but - only from a UK perspective. It would be a dreadful result in a Scottish election although fortunately that would never happen owing to our PR system.
How did the Tories get back into No 10? Aided and abetted by Labour and the SNP. All David Cameron had to do was tell England that a government with the weak Miliband being dictated to by the strong Nicola Sturgeon would bring England to its knees. The English agreed, held their noses and voted Tory.
Ed Miliband was between a rock and a hard place most of the election with his desperate efforts to persuade middle England that he would be fantastic prime minister material. I’m not sorry to see him stand down as party leader, although nobody impresses me as his successor. Let’s not forget, even if Labour had won all the seats in Scotland, the result would have been the same. Labour needed England but England didn’t want a left wing government.
Nicola Sturgeon played a blinder the whole campaign. Never a foot wrong and she deserves congratulations for making her successes.
What about Nick Clegg? Nothing much to say really. I suspect he’s already been on the telephone to his pals in Europe asking them to put his name forward as a commissioner. My one regret is that Charles Kennedy was part of the SNP rout. One of the few politicians who was unaffected by power and I believe looked after his electorate with a passion.
In some ways I’m disappointed Nigel Farage didn’t make it. Although I dislike some of his policies, his presence in the Commons would have been a thorn in David Cameron’s side. It appears he won a larger percentage of the vote than the SNP and LibDems put together but with the FPTP system he couldn’t quite make it.
Three leaders have resigned today and that’s a healthy result of an election. It shows that change is essential. Not ‘tinkering’ change but radical change starting with the FPTP system moving to a PR one.
How will Cameron treat Scotland? I’ve no idea, have you? He can either ignore us or quickly open talks with Nicola Sturgeon. Surely he realises the SNP rout here contains many angry No voters who feel he made promises, on the 19 September last year, that he had no intention of keeping.
How will the new SNP MPs fare? Alex Salmond will ensure the ship is steered steadily but only time will tell the strategy they use. Interesting times ahead.