Friday 25 February 2011
Unionists Prefer To See The SNP Back In Government
One in five Labour supporters wants to see Alex Salmond voted back into office as First Minister. The Ipsos Mori survey results also show that nearly a third of Tories and LibDems would prefer to keep the SNP in office.
The results fired speculation over a possible coalition between the SNP and the Tories or a 'rainbow' pact with the SNP, the LibDems and the Greens. The SNP deny they would accept the possibility of an alliance with the Tories, although in this area, which was Tory for years before John Swinney historic win, there are plenty Tory voters who do believe in independence. But such an alliance would never be accepted in many parts of Scotland so it's a non-starter.
Tonight it was announced there will be leaders' debate in the run up to 5 May. Good. It's only right television is used because it is the medium which reaches the majority of the population.
However, niggling away at the back of my mind is the manner in which the MSM's attitude has changed in the past couple of weeks with regard to the SNP government and Alex Salmond in particular. Such a speedy change of heart smacks a little of media tactics to build up the SNP after months of building up Labour. The Scottish media know full well Scots tend to favour the underdog, so is this the beginning of an 'underdog swap'?
Alex Salmond speaks for Scotland: he is the only leader in the Scottish Parliament who has no party affiliation to Westminster. It will be vital he ensures he doesn't allow his party or himself to be placed on a pedestal during the campaign. It won't be an easy task, but if anyone in Scottish politics has the skills, it's the leader of the SNP.