There’s the door Jocks!
Contradicting her previous support for the Fixed Term Parliaments Act which offered the stability of regular 5-year terms, she’ll ask Parliament to approve a June 8th date. Making little sense, she has justified it by saying:
‘Our opponents believe because the Government’s majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change. They are wrong.’
Perhaps the latest Lord Ashcroft poll is better guide to her actions? See this:
‘Including only those voters who gave a clear preference for one party in their 100-point scale gives implied current voting intentions of Con 41%, Lab 28%, Lib Dems 9%, UKIP 10%, Others 11%.’
That’s a huge lead. Even if it’s out a bit, the Tories win by a landslide and, crucially, Scotland gets an extended and emboldened Tory Government with all that implies. First, it will surely take the Indyref2 support for Yes up into a guaranteed victory level. Second, it will return another army of SNP MPs to Westminster to cause more ‘Mayhem.’ Third, surely Scotland’s liberal and europhile elites, including crucially our allegedly impartial mainstream media, will give up finally on the project of a UK that does nothing for their interests.
Here’s the March 2017 Panelbase poll for Scotland: ‘Who would you vote for if a UK General Election took place tomorrow?’
SNP 47%, Tories 28%, Labour 14%, UKIP 3%, Green 3%
So that’s an even bigger lead. Maybe the Tories would hold Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale and take Ayr but the SNP must surely take the last Labour and Lib Dem seats?
Here’s what the FM said today in the New Statesman:
‘In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister. It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the Tories’ narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future.’