Really Good News for Scotland: PM Theresa May calls for a snap General Election

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.’


11 thoughts on “Really Good News for Scotland: PM Theresa May calls for a snap General Election

  1. ktwing April 18, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Excellent – but for accuracy change “Dumfries” to “Dumfriesshire” (or “Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale”) – Dumfries town is part of “Dumfries and Galloway” which has SNP MP Richard Arkless 🙂


  2. TheStrach April 18, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    We already have a democratic mandate. We should make this a vote for independence. I don’t think May will ever agree to a referendum.


  3. Clydebuilt April 19, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Why has Corbyn not taken a stance against May’s call for a GE. Labour stands to loose, the countries facing a strengthened Tory Government.
    Tory Mp’s are facing court cases. (Thanks to Michael Crick).this could loose them their majority.
    Why does Corbyn not halt the election sit back, watch the Tories standing down after court cases. Save the country from a strong Tory majority.
    It’s all there for him to win ……. But he’s capitulating.

    We will never be allowed a referendum if it looks like an SNP win. Mundell’s saying the Brexit process won’t be over for 5 years.

    Even if the SNP dont make Independence an issue in this election Ruthless has.
    So Independence will be an issue. Like it or not. The Tories have dictated the grounds of the election.

    The SNP need to take a stance on Independence.


  4. johnrobertson834 April 19, 2017 / 9:27 am

    Yes, they have no choice now but to go for it. As for Corbyn is he taking a longer view, accepting defeat in return for purging the party of of it’s Blairism virus once and for all?


    • Clydebuilt April 19, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Would defeat not lead to Corbyn’s removal. By the media / establishment supported Blairites. Hopefully I’m wrong!

      Theres a lot tipping things the SNP way, with Labour as non runners, and the propsect off Thatcher Mk2.

      Geeze when we thought it couldnt get any more nail biting this comes along……


  5. johnrobertson834 April 19, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    I think the English constituencies are mostly pro Corbyn and would deselect the Blairites for another go in 2022. By that time the Tories will have truly fouled everything up beyond media deceipt.


    • Clydebuilt April 19, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Good point John, maybe they can deselect them for this election?


  6. johnrobertson834 April 19, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Some of the more militant ones might but I think they’ll all go before 2022


  7. Clydebuilt April 20, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Have you seen the Rev. Stu’s latest article “Rushing to the Gallows” ……… Re Corbyn taking the longer view, to get the Blairites purged by 2022….. That’s a tough ask of the man…… But he’s confounded the “Experts ” twice ,….and it’s the only way to make sense of his decision not to contest May’s call for the snap election. . Thought he did well in the commons yesterday,

    Think the SNP saying another good win over the Tories in Scotland will give them an invincible mandate for a referendum is bollocks. They had a strong mandate for a referendum already and the Tories have had no problems ignoring it. Also don’t see the Tories (or Labour) allowing Indy Ref2 if it looks like a Yes vote.
    Finally, at last GE Nicola said a vote for the SNP was not a vote for independence or Indy Ref2 (unless exceptional circumstances eg. Brexit) …… She can’t say that this time. She’s calling for a a big win over Tories to strengthen her mandate for Indy Ref2.


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