I am starting to get really bored with the whole ‘ balance of power ‘ debate that has been doing the rounds since the most recent opinion polls put the SNP well ahead of Labour in Scotland.
From Scot Goes Pop to articles on Newsnet we are being told this scenario and that scenario may happen. We can demand the removal of trident, we can demand devo max and Labour, desperate for power, will grant our every wish. People in the YES side need to seriously take a step back and have a wee think, reflect on what we were up against during the referendum, think about how hard the unionists and their pals in business and the media fought for their union. Reflect on how comfortable they were standing next to Tories, to the BNP, to UKip, to big business. Reflect on the media machine that in the closing weeks of the referendum campaign brought about a propaganda campaign not seen since the DDay landings.
My opinion for the 3 of you who read this blog is that Labour will not do a deal with the SNP that involves any major powers being un reserved to Edinburgh. My feelings are that they would rather chance a minority government than do any deal that moves Scotland anywhere near a federal country within the UK, I suspect they would do a deal with the Tories to keep their Union than the SNP and the potential of losing their union by the back door and upsetting the voters down south whom they so desperately need.
I don’t believe Labour will get enough seats anyway because of the Miliband / Balls factor, and we are more likely to see a Tory/UKip/Liberal unholy alliance than a Labour/SNP agreement, but I do ask the YES sides of the debate to take a step back, start campaigning and less of the sound bites, less of the vitriol. Can we just go about our business in a quiet and well-ordered manner, no talk of coalitions, no talk of informal agreements for this or that. Let the media play their games and lets not get sucked into that because my fear here is that we are already being set up for a mighty fall, we are playing their games again and forgetting just how dangerous the unionist side is.
Lets forget about any talk of a balance of power and concentrate our minds on getting as many yes side MPs to Westminster as possible to defend our interests, lets not put the cart before the horse.