These are getting so numerous now we needed a place to keep track.
We have a feeling this page is going to get a lot bigger until May.
“Perhaps, after this week, the time may have come to shelve the mantra: ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’ Because this General Election is rapidly turning into a freak show in which the old rules no longer apply — with potentially ruinous consequences for us all.
One hotelier whispers that he fears an orchestrated savaging of his hotel on TripAdvisor if he voices any anti-SNP sentiment. Labour candidates complain of being followed by SNP activists with cameras, looking out for footage to exploit.”
(Robert Hardman in the Daily Mail)
“Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is a very dangerous woman. Although poles apart politically – and Sturgeon herself would run the Royal Mile in Edinburgh at the comparison – she shares many similarities with Margaret Thatcher.
By propping up a Miliband government, she would try to impose her left-wing agenda: big-state socialism, ferocious opposition to an austerity programme, the non-renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent, demands for expensive public spending projects that fly in the face of economic reality.
If that happens, Britain would face a political crisis as the English (who number 53 million) would feel justified in rebelling against a government that depended for its existence on the votes of a neighbouring country of just five million.
(Chris Deerin in the Daily Mail)
“We are just seven weeks away from a nightmare scenario in which a minority party of ultra-Left barmpots and crankies will be able to dictate how the United Kingdom is governed – against the democratic wishes of the rest of us.
(Chris Roycroft-Davis in the Express)
(Allan Massie in the Mail On Sunday)
(Demented Telegraph columnist Tom Gallagher in The Commentator)
Should this come, the backlash in the south will prove bitter indeed. If prosperous England is obliged to bankroll improvident Scotland, and also to see the SNP’s demands imposed upon the UK House of Commons, then a storm will break.
The English people already feel let down by their politicians. Their dismay is nothing, however, compared with what they will feel if Nicola Sturgeon, red in tooth and claw, becomes kingmaker for us as well as for her own deluded followers.”
(“Mad Max” Hastings in the Daily Mail)
One senior Labour MP warned: ‘Many of us are deeply concerned by Ed’s silence. He must make it clear he would under no circumstances enter into an agreement with the SNP. I could see people taking to the streets in protest if this were to happen.’
(Political editor David Wooding in The Sun On Sunday)
“How to crush the Nats’ hopes for Scottish independence (print title)
The SNP would grab anything on offer, while demanding more and intensifying their programme of rolling blackmail. Nothing short of full independence will satisfy the Nats. In the meantime, they would use additional powers to highlight their differences from England, whatever the cost in misgovernment.
In a federalised Scotland, the SNP would continue to undermine the education system while wrecking the Highlands and the Scottish economy. A broken Labour Party would offer no resistance. Indeed, Labour survivors would join the Nats in plundering the rest of Scotland to subsidise higher welfare payments in a de facto nationalist and socialist coalition.”
(Bruce Anderson in the Telegraph)
“Plans to officially rename Glasgow’s George Square as ‘Freedom Square’ and replace the 80-foot-high Sir Walter Scott statue with one of Alex Salmond have been shelved, although the Government denies this is due to the permanent protest established there by crowds of the elderly and the young unemployed — the ‘45’, as they style themselves — demanding a union with England, which they believe is the route back to economic stability.”
(Daily Mail fruitloop Chris Deerin)
(Some more measured, thoughtful Mail On Sunday commentary from Allan Massie)
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