Divisions will lie ahead (Robert Smith)
Could I take this opportunity to thank all the people who voted for me and also those that while supporting Ukip, tactically voted Liberal Democrat. The SNP are smug enough with 56 seats.
In my letter of thanks in 2010 I made an eerily accurate prediction that the Lib Dems would be wiped out this time so, to keep up the tradition, here are my thoughts on the future for the SNP.
While they gained a quantity of MPs, the quality may be found wanting and the possibility arises that Scotland becomes a laughing stock in Westminster.
That said, Cameron – politically – will have to make some serious concessions to Scotland, probably in the form of full fiscal autonomy. This will be a good tactic with the intention of giving the SNP enough rope to hang themselves but will certainly backfire.
When Holyrood makes the inevitable royal haggis of the economy and Scotland goes down the tubes while England prospers, the SNP will blame Westminster.
They will be supported in this tale by all the usual suspects in Scotland’s media, academia and institutions in the same mould as the “blame the bankers” nonsense.
The result will be mounting division and resentment and who knows where it will lead. It could be nasty. I hope I’m wrong.