Sunday, 10 May 2015
From 1979 to 2015 and back again
It's taken a couple of days for the enormity of the General Election result to sink in. The SNP now has nearly all Scottish seats in Westminster, but has no leverage there. The Labour party, with whom they had planned to get into power down south, has been mortally wounded north of the border and is diminished down south. A majority Conservative government is in charge, something that is so unpopular north of the border that an independence referendum next time round is more than likely to produce a yes vote. After years of Tory rule in the 80s and 90s, the Scottish Parliament and Executive / Government were set up to give Scotland a voice of its own. Scotland no longer has a voice in Westminster - at least not a voice that will be listened to. We're back in 1979, except it's far, far worse.