Scottish elections

The Beeb broadcast a debate between four of the part leaders last night: Annabel Goldie (who in this campaign has discovered pastel shades, which sit uneasily with her potential new headmistress (replacing Alistair SIm’s original ) at St Trinian’s image); Jack McConnell (who seemed to be given rather more air time than the other leaders – although I’m not sure if it’s the Nats or the cosy nostra that should object to this); Alex Salmond (looking a little nervous at times – perhaps he realises that he’s about to lead the Nats to victory but he won’t be there himself as Gordon may not be going as well as he anticipated and there are not likely to be places on the regional list in the north east); and Nicol Stephen (as earnest as ever, while consistently failing to answer direct questions aside from denying that he wept in a lay-by (it’s a long story)).  There were no Greens, no-one from the alphabetti spaghetti left wing, no senior citizens unity candidate, and a worrying number of sanctimonious former police officers in the audience.  The debate was chaired badly by Glen “Rhinestone Political Correspondent” Campbell who didn’t allow the leaders to answer the questions asked by the audience, or by himself, and then allowed the bulk of the debate to be on Iraq (tremendously important but outwith the competence of the Parliament) meaning that there was little discussion on substantive policies, and insufficient consideration of the constitutional question.  

I’m often bemused by the US Presidential system, the debates, and the bickering over times to answer question and times for rebuttals – but last night’s shambles from the Beeb demonstrated why it is important.  Further, any debate either needs to be handed over to the audience with a light-touch moderator; or a structured system with a panel of journalists forensically examining a position.

Anyway, biggest political news of the weekend, in a bid to appease those fearing independence, was Alex Salmond claiming that independence was not one way – that if it it didn’t work then Scotland could rejoin the Union.  This is obviously cobblers but who knows – some folk might believe it.

For the gambler in my regular reader a punt of one or two Old Scots pounds on Nicola Sturgeon to be the next First MInister might be interesting.  It is suggested that in Gordon (where Salmond is standing as constituency member and on the regional list) an anti-Salmond vote is being mobilised with the Conservatives inclining to the Lib Dems to keep Salmond out.  As the Tories were second in the last election some 4,000 votes behind Nora Radcliffe, the SNP a further 500 or so votes behind, a collapse in their support could be enough to keep Alex out; and as the SNP does well  in the region generally it is unlikely that there will be any top-up seats.

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12 Responses to Scottish elections

  1. andrewducker says:

    Can I ask why it’s cobblers? Surely once Scotland is separate it could then enter into any arrangement it likes with any country? A new Act of Union could be forged, should England and Scotland both be willing.
    Unlikely, and everyone would look pretty silly, but surely theoretically possible?

    • I think it’s a political non-starter, although a theoretical possibility. I guess my ill temper ran away with my fingers (it’s a marking first year exams thing 😉 ). THe option will only be agreeable politically if Scotland is in a bad state economically. If Scotland is doing well economically I can’t see any desire for reunification. If Scotland is doing badly economically the negotiating position is weak (like 1706). The political position is then why would England (and Wales and NI) agree to take on board an economic liability?

      • surliminal says:

        Yeh I’ve been equally marking and in a bad mood all day 😦
        I feel really left out of this election. Weird. Should have got myself a postal vote. Why don’t they have email votes? I’m sure I didn’t give a damn when I lived there.
        Didn’t we teach Nicola Sturgeon? Wow, “I taught the Prime oops First Minister.” Has a certain ring:)

        • I didn’t teach NIcola Sturgeon, but did teach one of the STV or Beeb political correspondents which can be mildly disconcerting when he pontificates and I think – ah, but you knew bugger all about property law.

  2. pigeonhed says:

    ‘part leaders’? Who controls the other part? We should be told. Is it a conspiracy (c)Solidartomsc 2007 ?

    • A happy typo (for once) 😉
      Each is a part leader because each is subject to some central control from London (for the unionists) and Salmond’s deputy has been de facto leader in Scotland for much of the last Parliament.

  3. good lord, those first years must really have you ill-tempered, that was one of the more cutting diatribes i’ve seen from mrl+g 😉
    in defence of the bbc’s debate, although glen campbell did let the topic run too much on iraq, and mr silvertop ex-crack police squadron leader got, i think, 3 questions, i was quite impressed with the debate. the longer this campaign goes on, the more impressed i become with annabel goldie and nicol stephen. being a (now ex) lib dem, i was always impressed with nic, but i’ve been enraptured by annabel’s “bread and butter” approach. i thought that jack mcconnell stuttered and scraped his way through another debate, proving his incapability, and at times salmond stooped too far into the childish arguing with him.
    it was interesting, for me, to see the debate on pfi schools, with salmonds reference to the falkirk pfi schoolbuilding scheme. being an ex-student of a falkirk pfi school, and my mother formerly teaching at another, i have noticed many negative effects of them, some of which seemed to be ignored or sidestepped by last night’s panel.
    salmond’s independence comments were ridiculous. you are right – it is cobblers. it would never be politically viable to “go back” if we left (not that i advocate leaving in the first place). it would be a worse blow to scotland that joining the union in the first place.
    (ps what is the cosy nostra? i’ve eaten in a stirling restaurant called ‘italia nostra’, and it was very cosy. any link?)

  4. hoiho says:

    chaired badly by Glenn “Rhinestone Political Correspondent” Campbell
    I particularly enjoyed his repeated exhortations to the leaders to “look at each other”.
    I think that maybe he though he was Kilroy-Silk for the evening: “he stole my mandate, but I still want it back.”
    Mad Brother kept asking “who is that child with the badly-tied tie?”

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