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Posts Tagged: Alex Salmond MSP
The most ominous portent for a second poll is that the No campaign has collapsed. It needs rebooting urgently.
Iain Dale: He was five foot four, and I’m six foot two, but I’m wanted none the less to play Mussolini
Plus: Salmond’s revisionist view of Thatcher. My weekly Brexit briefing begins. And: the glory of Tim Shipman’s “All Out War”.
Opportunities for Scotland’s Conservatives lie ahead – if the right organisation and resources can be found.
How a federalist offer on Scotland could turn expectations on their head.
The threat posed by Scottish Nationalists to the Union has had the beneficial consequence of reinvigorating the Scottish Conservatives.
The inflated hopes engendered by their 2014 annus mirabilis look set to sour a perfectly respectable result for the People’s Army.
Andy Maciver: Conservatives in Scotland are increasingly being hindered by their association with London
Privately, leading Scottish Tories are livid at the Carlisle Principle, Theresa May’s ‘abdication’ intervention and the rest of the rhetoric of the last week.
Based on recent polls and allowing for a bit of slippage here and there, here’s the worst that could happen.
Having failed to destroy the Union by turning Scottish voters against it, Salmond now proposes to do so by turning English ones against it instead.
Also: the DUP rule out any formal parliamentary arrangement with the SNP; and the Tories grant the Welsh Assembly powers of redefinition.
It would be more constraining, unfamiliar and undoubtedly messy. But it need not be as bad as some fear.
Andrew Gimson’s PMQs sketch: Cameron has his best day by making Miliband look like a poodle who wants to raise taxes
The Prime Minister raised Tory morale by demonstrating his formidable abilities as a campaigner, and by showing that he will not behave like a Crosby-controlled robot.
In a hung Parliament in which the Conservatives are the largest party, he would need the minor parties – starting with the SNP.
Labour’s inadequacies in Scotland have put the SNP into the position of power-broker, she argues.