Craig McAngus reviews Nicola Sturgeon's speech, writing that the Scottish First Minister is trying to convince those on the reformist left that a sizeable and effective SNP presence in the House of Commons would be a positive development. This blog originally appeared on LSE British Politics and Policy.
Anyone watching the Labour leadership’s refusal to rule out a post-election agreement with the SNP, would be forgiven for thinking such an arrangement was unique. However, explains Daniel Cetrà, pro-independence parties offering support to minority governments is nothing new – as evidenced by Spain.
There has been a great deal of comment recently about the prospect of the SNP supporting a minority Labour government in Westminster.
Polls indicate that the general election will see a fundamental rewriting of the Scottish political landscape, with the SNP poised for a near sweep. The party also seems poised to take over from Labour as leaders on the issue of women’s representation in this election at least, although it is far from clear whether that will translate into support for quotas in the future, write Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay.
This weekend's widely-publicised poll commissioned by Wings Over Scotland confirms research conducted by CCC Fellow Professor Ailsa Henderson last year that the Scots and English are not as far apart in terms of social attitudes as some might have us believe. This research was used as the focus of her chapter in Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box.
David Eiser asks how much difference do economic arguments make to people’s attitudes and voting intentions?
Whether the issue was currency choice, the affordability of future policy proposals, or the policy options available to a small, open economy in a globalised world, economic arguments were at the heart of Scotland’s referendum debate.