Malcolm Harvey looks forward to the UK General Election in May 2015 and the issue of electoral politics.
Now that the independence question has been answered (at least for the time being) in a relatively decisive manner, political attention has returned to the issue of electoral politics. Given that there is a UK General Election in May 2015 – now just 8 months away – this should not come as too much of a surprise.
Over 1.7m Scots were energised enough about the future of their country to campaign, research and turn out to vote for radical change on the 18th September. And according one of the first post-result polls, 25% of No voters voted that way because they believed that Scotland would receive significant additional devolved powers whilst remaining in the UK. So that’s over 2 million voters wanting policy decisions for Scotland to be taken in Scotland.
So, Better Together have sent in the 3 Amigos: Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband have been sent north of Hadrian’s Wall to save the Union (and their jobs), by winning over the hearts and minds of the undecideds. They have been backed up by speeches from Gordon Brown promising something that sounded a bit like Devo Max.