The pollsters universally predicting a SNP landslide may be heading for a fall, argues Jackie Kemp from inside the bookie’s shop.
Archives for April 2015
By Kipper Williams.
Hamza Yousaf, Minister for Europe and International Development in the Scottish government, tells Kirsty Hughes how the SNP’s influence on a policy area neglected in the election campaign is bound to grow – whatever the outcome.
The publication of the SNP’s 2015 general election manifesto marked a huge change for the party. This manifesto – unlike its predecessors – sets its sights beyond the Scottish border. It seeks to promote “positive change for the benefit of ordinary people, not just in Scotland, but across the UK”. It makes the case for more “progressive politics”, and positions the SNP to the left of the Labour Party.
The election campaign has brought the issue of English attitudes towards their neighbours and the Union into sharp relief, with UKIP making much of socially conservative values. However, explains Michael Kenny, the reality is rather more complex.
The SNP’s anti-austerity politics is in reality a rehash of moderate redistribution – in the tradition of post-war British Labourism
Polls of voting intentions in Scotland for May’s UK general election continue to suggest a huge increase in votes and seats for the SNP – and a remarkable flip-over in its position relative to Labour in previous UK elections.
The view from a cruising altitude of 36,000 feet affords clearer insights into at least five crucial global issues missing from the general election campaign debates and obscured by its heat and dust.
Never has a British general election caused so much concern in Europe. And never has the UK appeared closer to the EU exit door.
Opposition to Trident is a vote-winner but Scottish opponents of the submarine-based nuclear weapons system face an acute dilemma in how they cast their vote on May 7.