THE general election campaign in Scotland has some similarities to  the referendum campaign with the so-called London parties battling the Scottish Nationalists. A landslide victory for the SNPwill lead to new calls for a referendum on Scottish independence and basically we will be back to square one. A victory for the SNP will mean that a break-up of the United Kingdom moves a step closer. With the prospect of Labour facing a wipeout in Scotland perhaps the time has come for the three mainstream parties to campaign as one, similar to their referendum campaign platform. I was pleased to see that Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled out any coalition with the Scottish nationalists but he could have little option if he fails to secure an overall majority. These are dangerous times for Britain especially if no party wins an overall majority. The only way to take on the SNP and win is to join forces and still I believe that they would win the majority of the seats north of the border. But at least the mainstream parties would be making a stand to underline the fact that they wanted a United Kingdom. Miliband should be very concerned at the massive drop in support for Labour in Scotland. His party has gone from the heavyweight of Scottish politics to a lightweight, almost marginal political party. Full marks to the SNP they have out-manoeuvred everyone else yet again and left their bigger opponents reeling and searching for answers.


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