David Cameron and the Tories continue to “bang on” about the Scottish National Party. Just this past week alone, we’ve had an England only manifesto, in which English Votes for English Laws, or the humorously acronymed EVEL, featured prominently. We had more from Dave and Boris about a “looming constitutional crisis” should the SNP be involved in the next government, with much hay attempted to be made around the whole “I’m writing the Labour Party budget” routine of Salmond’s.
I can understand Cameron’s concerns in many respects. I too would prefer our next government to be free of nationalists, be they SNP or UKIP or whomever runs under a banner of parochial division. So here’s what I propose the Tories do, should Labour end up the largest party in the House of Commons come May 8th, and the only way forward for the Reds appears to be in quasi-cooperation with the Nats: offer Miliband a sort of inverse of the “big, open offer” you put forward to Nick Clegg five years ago. An offer to selflessly save the country, indeed literally so in this case, by asking Labour to consider the Conservative Party as their junior coalition partner.
It would, you have to admit, whatever else it might do, save the country from the SNP. However, it would probably bring down the whole two-party system with immediate effect. Can I just say I’m cool with that personally? It seems like a double win, in fact: political realignment gets a jumpstart, and the Nats buffoonery in the Commons is greatly diminished. And the United Kingdom isn’t extirpated, that’s another plus.
Of course, all of the above is said on the assumption that the Tories’ wafting on and on and on and on and on about the SNP instead of talking about why people should vote for the Conservative Party is not being done out of concern for the Union but actually as a ploy to get UKIP switchers to “switch back”. But I wouldn’t stoop to being that cynical.
Go on, Cameron, you know it’s the solution to this great conundrum that’s clearly keeping you and all your Tory frontbenchers up at night. If you ask nicely now, Miliband might even chuck you the MoD.