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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Scotland's Independence would deliver a Tory majority



Would Scottish independence really change anything? There would still be an open border between England and Scotland. There would be one difference for the rest of the United Kingdom. It would change the face of the House of Commons as if there were no Scottish seats the line up would be:

Conservative 306 -1

Labour 215 -41 
Liberal Democrat 46 -11
Democratic Unionists 8
Sinn Fein 5 (don't take their seats)
Plaid Cymru 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party 3
Independent 2
Alliance Party 1
Green Party 1
Respect 1
Speaker 1
Scottish National Party 0 -6

Conservative Majority of 33


So a comfortable Conservative majority in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and the Liberal Democrats in opposition so it wouldn't be all bad. However it would be wrong to support breaking up the United Kingdom for party political advantage. 

The case for Independence is being obviously led by Scotland's First Minister Alec Salmond who is a pretty formidable politician, they are being backed up by the Scottish Green Party. The pro-union campaign is being led by former Labour Chancellor Alastair Darling but the Scottish Tories & Scottish Liberal Democrats are working with Scottish Labour. Although there are reports like with the AV referendum there are some politicians refusing to go on platforms with other politicians. 

Alec Salmond said at the launch of the "Scotland Yes" campaign "I want Scotland to be independent not because I think we are better than any other country, but because I know we're as good as any other country. Like these other nations, our future, our resources, our success should be in our own hands.The campaign will be built "brick by brick" across communities"

Alastair Darling said at the launch of the "Better Together" campaign "If we decide to leave the United Kingdom, there is no way back. We cannot give our children a one-way ticket to a deeply uncertain destination".

The referendum will take place in autumn of 2014 if the First Minister has his way.