Alex Salmond is a most impressive speaker, if you like someone who tells a tall tale.
He speaks in great rhetoric and extreme hyperbole and if people are taken in by his words we will end up with a Conservative government, by the back door.
But, Mr Salmond seems to want to ignore that his party, then 11 MPs, voted in favour of the Conservative Party’s motion of no confidence in the full knowledge that Mrs Thatcher and the Tories were opposed to any form of devolution, let alone Scottish independence.
This led Scotland to be robbed of the chance to vote for greater self-government for the next 20 years.
The SNP showed its short-sightedness, and blind self-interest, in 1979, and condemned Scotland, and the rest of Britain, to 18 years of Conservative government.
Before people fall for Mr Salmond’s rallying call and swallow the line that they could insert the Conservatives in the event of a hung Parliament they should consider three things:
- The mathematics involved in achieving a hung parliament, in which the SNP would have the capacity to insert either a Labour or a Conservative government, are so remote that they happen once in a century, and people should not depend on this to vote for them.
- There is the chance that Mr Salmond may be able to prop up a minority Tory government if they fall short, by fewer than half a dozen seats, but what then?
- Mr Cameron is a product of the British establishment, educated at Eton, Oxford and a member of the Bullingdon Club, a fervent creature of the Union and, if we are to believe the rumours, very keen not to be the last ever Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Cameron will not give the SNP what they want and Alex knows it!