Malcolm Armsteen wrote:And I've nicked that, Andy - hope you don't mind.
Me too and Andy's nicking of the classic knife-gun pulling line from Shir Shean has just reminded me that this applies to the SNP as well. Cameron and Sturgeon are already cutting deals in a not very progressive alliance. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-s ... s-32746049
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The only leverage the Nats have is to remind the Tories that its in their interest to keep them sweet in time for the next Holyrood election (and less face it the Tories are warming to break up as they move to an isolationist little England agenda).
Labour leadership contenders are busy apologising for yesterday's Tory agenda on the deficit but should be aware the Tories have also put a symbiotic nationalism on the popular agenda south of the border. A Labour leader needs to tell people on this island that we're better than that and ask what good will come out of this new landscape of identity politics (Tim Farron is the only one so far challenging this agenda).
Like many on the English left I've been guilty of turning on a sixpence with the Nats and sometimes being seduced by Sturgeon and Salmond's progressive alliance mood music. Yes work with them in Westminster to vote down the Tories but never stop reminding the Scots what a bunch of duplicitous pricks they really are. Or our shy Union Jack waving English Tories who is cutting deals with the Nats. And its not Red Ed.