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Poll: Which party do you intend to vote for on 7 May?
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General Election 2015
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At the risk of making Spain pull his hair out by starting a topic that might be even more divisive than the Rangers thread, I thought it amiss that there was nowhere to discuss the upcoming general election on here.

This is shaping up to be the most interesting general election in Scotland ever. Conventional voting patterns are being turned on their heads and Lord Ashcroft's latest polling even has Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy losing his seat to the SNP surge.

Previous threads on here showed a higher than average support for independence. Indeed, if only OTB users had gotten to vote in the referendum there would have been a sizable majority voting yes and we would now be locked in negotiations with London. Does that translate in to a high level of support for the SNP, or do loyalties lie elsewhere? The Highlands is an area that often eschews the party politics of further south and backs individuals rather than parties. Charles Kennedy, John Thurso and Danny Alexander all have sizable majorities here for the Lib Dems but polling shows them all to very much be at risk.

The attached poll is anonymous and no one should feel duty-bound to discuss their own personal vote, but I'm sure there's some interesting discussion to be had about the potential outcomes of the election!

 
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#2
For me it'll be SNP.
From what I can see they are the only party that will stand up for Scottish issues. And I feel the other parties may well cut back on promises made only 6 months ago!
Trident is the other big issue for me, every other party is committed to wasting money on it, whereas SNP oppose it.
To me it's the biggest waste of cash!
All the leaders say we need it as a deterant, but would any of them actually authorise the pressing of the button???
NO- because as soon as they did they'd be up on a war crime for using a weapon of mass destruction and indiscriminate killing!
Also they bleet on about how our biggest threat to security is from terrorists / ISIS. A nuclear weapon is not what is needed to defeat these groups!

I'm not a tree hugger by any means, but that is one of the biggest issues for me in this election, and one that's not really been discussed much other than by the SNP
 
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(04-18-2015, 10:38 AM)thejailender Wrote: For me it'll be SNP.
From what I can see they are the only party that will stand up for Scottish issues. And I feel the other parties may well cut back on promises made only 6 months ago!
Trident is the other big issue for me, every other party is committed to wasting money on it, whereas SNP oppose it.
To me it's the biggest waste of cash!
All the leaders say we need it as a deterant, but would any of them actually authorise the pressing of the button???
NO- because as soon as they did they'd be up on a war crime for using a weapon of mass destruction and indiscriminate killing!
Also they bleet on about how our biggest threat to security is from terrorists / ISIS. A nuclear weapon is not what is needed to defeat these groups!

I'm not a tree hugger by any means, but that is one of the biggest issues for me in this election, and one that's not really been discussed much other than by the SNP

My only comment on Trident is - if the button is pressed would there still be a civilisation left to convene a war crimes tribunal?
 
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On Trident, it's a delusion of grandeur to think that the UK needs nuclear deterrents anymore. We're not the international powerhouse anymore that most of our country seem to think it is. If there was a nuclear war, we would be nowhere near the forefront of it. In the middle perhaps, but not at the forefront. Let the US and Russia flex their muscles at each other and at North Korea, Iran etc., we don't need to. A country of our size could spend that money on far more relevant things.
.: Ours, is the Fury :.

 
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#5
Well, that's the election done and dusted. Quite a surprising evening all round.

 
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#6
It was all a bit mental.

Three leaders resigning. SNP winning 56 out of 59 seats. A Tory majority. Record-breaking swings. Al Murray. And Alex Salmond giving the most concise answers in the history of politics.

 
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#7
The dust is still settling but I am not too concerned about that outcome. Scotland will have a strong voice in Westminster but without any mandate for independence.

It will be interesting to see if Nicola allows Cameron to call her bluff on fiscal autonomy, and how the Sturgeon/Salmond dynamic develops.
 
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(05-08-2015, 04:30 PM)Wicky Wrote: The dust is still settling but I am not too concerned about that outcome. Scotland will have a strong voice in Westminster but without any mandate for independence.

It will be interesting to see if Nicola allows Cameron to call her bluff on fiscal autonomy, and how the Sturgeon/Salmond dynamic develops.

Agreed, think it's important that folk remember that 50% of the Scottish electorate didn't vote SNP yesterday and part of the huge SNP vote probably included a fair amount of NO voters from last September who do not want another referendum.

It's important that we allow Nicola and the rest to do their best for Scotland over the next five years and make the situation work. I can only see good things from having a strong voice for Scotland in Westminster!

But I do think the nationalistic chest beating and flag waving needs to be tempered and we need to use our brains as a nation and move forward and not stay stuck in the past - that only switches potential SNP voters off!
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#9
What would happen if Cameron was truely radical & offered an SNP MP a cabinet ministers post, say for Scottish affairs. How woukd the SNP react, damed if they do by being associated wit the Torys, damed if they dont for not taking the opportunity to represent Scotland & influance policy at the heart of Westminster. Wont happen but just for arguments sake what would the reaction be?
 
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The only way we'll know for sure if we can do this on our own is to get full fiscal autonomy and when pushed on this on the Andrew Marr show Nicola looked nervous and said it would take years to implement - don't think during the next five years the SNP want to raise taxes and make already struggling families struggle even more.

It's a tricky situation - a lot of NO voters from last Sept voted SNP this time round to end Austerity - if the Tories test the SNP by offering full fiscal autonomy in two years we could be in for a very rough ride! The SNP are promising an increase in public spending - not sure how we'd balance the books and keep the Scottish national debt down - only increasing tax heavily would we be able to do this with 5m people - it's a tough ask!?


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#11
The irony is that ending austerity (in the timescale the SNP proposes) is only possible because Scotland is in the UK.
 
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