In the hall where electoral votes are being counted those with long experience of such matters can tell long before the result is announced who has won and who has lost; the communications revolution also makes it possible for studio guests to know as well. The expressions and body language therefore of Alex Neil and Nicola Sturgeon were a right give away in the studio; they are a graceless pair at the best of times and last night they were like a couple of particularly bad tempered night club bouncers. Anyone who wanted to wallow in an SNP victory could have gone to bed hours before the declaration if they had realized they had lost; it was obvious; why? well; someone was missing from the coverage; someone who would have been sitting there strutting and bragging had they won; I refer of course to Alex (the spiv) Salmond.
(The spiv) doesn’t do defeat he’s had enough of that over the years; he holds the record for a leader who received the most gubbings and still kept his leadership; no one brave enough to face him. His absence was an act of cowardice and a dereliction of his duty as a leader; how painful must it have been for the SNP supporters most of whom don’t actually understand politics to have to witness their leader cut and run. No swagger; no boasting; no strutting; no insults; no arrogance; no bottle and no wonder; an empty chair was all there was, like most bullies he is not really so tough when things get difficult he remembers he has to be somewhere else. This is the man who would lead an independent Scotland on the world stage; the man who would represent Scotland in the conference chambers of Moscow, Washington and Berlin; he’s having a bloody laugh right? If he can’t handle last night’s drubbing what chance has he got of facing Putin; Obama and Merkel; they would swat him like a fly.
Single issue politics sometimes spends some time in the sun but in the long term it’s the serious parties who prevail; I believe that that is what is now beginning to happen with the SNP the novelty of independence and the infantile slogans and anti English rhetoric eventually will fade and when they do there is nothing left to sustain a political argument; populist slogans eventually get exposed as empty jargon. This was a very good night for Labour and a serious defeat for the SNP; the Tories just managed to save their deposit and the wretched Lib. Dems. were beaten by the BNP vermin; it was a cracker of a result; “A brammer” of a By Election as Salmond (the spiv) said a wee while ago when his mouth ran out of control again.
Down among the dross of the parties who regularly stand for election we find the Greens; only just breathing because of PR. And also we see the death struggle between the SSP and Solidarity; destined to fight over who will eventually accumulate the larger amount of lost deposits; despite the flamboyant and completely specious intervention of Mr. Galloway who makes Benjamin Disraeli look like a ‘rough sleeper’ Mr. Sheridan provided a ‘no show’ maybe they are not using enough make up. What this result and the Glenrothes result tells us is that the next general election will again be Labour V Tory and the stakes will be high; the Tory Toffs are waiting with the knives to cut deep into the services which people rely on and Labour are committed to protecting them.
Above all it tells us that it aint over not by a long way; that’s what the Tory media have been trying to get you to believe; that all is lost the Tories have it in the bag but they haven’t; Brown incredibly after the worst onslaught of lies character assassination and vilification by the right wing establishment is still standing and he will lead us into the election; what a victory that would be; a 4 th. successive Labour Govt. it can be done; it will be tough but we can still win; we must give it everything; imagine waking on the morning after the election to the realization that Cameron and his cabinet of braying Eton donkeys are the Govt.