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SNP: Sky Fall. Election Overview!

The haggises have come home to roost!

By Michael BlairPublished 7 years ago 4 min read
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In the early morning of the 9th of June, the illusion of invincibility was stripped away from the SNP. The tartan smokescreen had lifted and the bare bones of this most ruthless of political parties were on display for all to see.

Some of the most senior SNP MPs had been ousted and overall they had lost 21 seats. Alex Salmond, the most successful politician in the history of Scottish politics, had been kicked out by the hated Conservative party. The leader of the party at Westminster, Angus Robertson, had also lost his seat, on a night of upset and agony for the party.

All political parties have a shelf life at the top, and I think the public eventually get fed up of listening to the same thing. In this case the thing was independence. The Scottish electorate aren't fools. They can see when politicians have no interest in their wellbeing or problems.

The unique nature of Scottish politics brings issues which are devolved to the Scottish Parliament, into the equation in a general election. Housing and education are devolved, but because of the poor state of both under the SNP government, they were also being brought up in this election.

When promises made by politicians are either regularly broken or just sidestepped by the obsession with independence, people are naturally angry.

This made the possibility of an upset for the SNP a much more likely event.

There is now the inevitable bleating by the SNP supporters about media bias and how this disaster is in fact a famous victory for the Great Leader and her cabinet of political midgets. It is really Alice in Wonderland politics.

The success of the Conservative party in Scotland and the resurgence of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, has made Westminster politics a much more interesting place. The Conservative/ DUP alliance or coalition or whatever name they decide upon, is something which will either provide entertainment or end in floods of tears. Mostly from Mrs May I expect.

I don't think she can hold on to her job for very long. She was the best worst candidate for leadership of the Conservative party, so I can't imagine her being able to keep all the warring factions within the party, together for any length of time.

I could be wrong, but I see another general election on the cards for either the autumn of this year or the spring of next year.

The Conservative party in Scotland is led by the likeable Ruth Davidson. It was mostly her charisma and energy which pushed the party to take many high profile seats from the SNP. She appears to be human and not a political robot, along the lines of Theresa May, who had a charismatic bypass years ago.

I'm fairly sure Ruth Davidson will in the not too distant future, become the leader of the Conservative party in Westminster. She has the energy and drive, lacking in so many modern politicians.

The Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn was sluggish in the beginning, but I felt as the campaign went on, he was gaining support from traditional places and also amongst the younger voters, as his ideas chimed with their own political views.

This came as a surprise to me, but I think he was talking from the heart and without too much input from his "advisors"!

The Scottish Labour leader, Kezia Dugdale, was robust in her opposition to the SNP policies and their underhand and bullying tactics. I was impressed with how she conducted the election campaign, and I'm sure she will have her sights set on the SNP in the next Scottish parliamentary elections.

The Liberal Democrats did well to come back from almost total oblivion to take some major political scalps in Scotland. If this is a sign of things to come, they will continue to improve.

As for the Green party in Scotland, nothing to report, except their utter subservience to the SNP. Green poodles!

Nationally, they returned Caroline Lucas in Brighton to no great surprise. Worthy as they are, they have little hope of ever being a political force.

All in all, this was an interesting election, even if it hasn't given us a clear and decisive result. We now see the Conservative party in Scotland propping up the party in Westminster. The Labour party looking as if could possibly become a force in British politics again, and being a proper opposition to the power mad and increasingly heartless Tories.

The Liberal Democrats have shown signs of rebirth after the slaughter in the previous general election. Not that it will make much difference to anyone.

My main highlights from this election was the humbling of the SNP here in Scotland by the Conservatives of all people. The look on Alex Salmond's face when he realised he had lost his seat. And not forgetting the sheer disbelief shown by Nicola Sturgeon as the enormity of the defeat became apparent.

How the mighty are fallen!

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About the Creator

Michael Blair

I'm a medically retired grumpy Scotsman with a good sense of the ridiculous. I write some political satire and some more serious pieces. I'm here to wake people up!

On twitter I'm @mmjblair and email me at [email protected]

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