If you, like me, hate the idea of Brussels telling this country what to do then this week’s latest polls forecasts and the open wheeler-dealing between the political parties must really put the wind up you. If you think the UK being run from Brussels is a bad idea, then how do you feel about it being run from Edinburgh?
Let me say right up front that the above is a Tory election poster and I’m not asking you to vote Tory – it just makes the point rather well, I thought.
The latest polls show that the SNP is forecast to take 56 out of the 59 Labour seats in Scotland. Well, we know how reliable pre-elction polls are so let’s just say there’s a realistic chance of them taking a substantial majority. Given that Labour and Conservative are neck and neck, that leaves a very real possibility of the SNP in coalition with Labour. I wondered why Alex Salmond stood down as SNP leader after the referendum. Now I know. He sees himself as Deputy Prime Minister.
The danger is that Labour is a high taxing party and the SNP is a high spending party so if you put the two together you have a recipe for disaster for the UK economy.
In a speech to party members in Edinburgh, led by Jim Murphy, Miliband ignored calls from his own frontbench, led by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Health Spokesman Andy Burnham, to rule out a deal with Nicola Sturgeon’s party. David Cameron responded by raising the spectre of a left-wing axis between Labour and the SNP. He said: ‘If you thought the worst outcome for this Election was a Labour government led by Ed Miliband, think again. You could end up with a Labour government led by Ed Miliband – propped up by the Scottish National Party – an alliance between the people who want to bankrupt Britain and the people who want to break up Britain.’
Senior Tory politicians are calling for a Conservative Labour coalition to stop the SNP, but I think we can see the likelihood of that happening, can’t we? Nevertheless it does show the level of panic within the Tory party.
Suddenly, the threat to Cameron is not from UKIP but from the SNP. A week sure is a long time politics – and we’ve got a good few more to go yet until the big day!
And here’s another cracking Tory poster that sums it all up. reminds me of the LIB/SDP’s two Davids – and now we’ve got a third one! “Vote Dave. You know it makes sense?”