It seems David Cameron will be unable to avoid a ‘no confidence’ vote from his own political party, if Scotland decides to secede from the United Kingdom – even the Daily Torygraph has turned on him over this issue.
Tories are furious that Cameron allowed the referendum to go ahead, placing the UK in serious danger of break-up, according to the Telegraph – although the paper was unable to attach any names to the story; it all came from “a source” or “a senior source”. Normally this would mean a story is fiction but on this occasion it could be simply that nobody wants to stick their head over the parapet until the referendum’s result has been decided.
But this comment from one such ‘source’ rings true: “He is in a right hole. I think that he is in serious trouble. One of the reasons why I became a Conservative was a because of the union. We were the Conservative and Unionist Party.”
The article continues: “If Scotland left the UK ‘the trouble will be so great that we will have no chance of being the largest party’ at the election, the MP said,” indicating that the loss of their leader would hit the Tories so badly that they would not be able to regroup in time to run an effective general election campaign.
It seems a valid point – consider this further illustration of Tory desperation from Vox Political reader Tony Johnson, who posted a message on the Facebook page stating that the Conservatives had emailed supporters, encouraging them “to ring up Scottish voters in their ‘phone bank’, or contact Scottish friends with a special Facebook app, to dissuade them from voting YES.
“There’s nothing like a desperate last ditch stand,” he wrote. “Personally, if I was undecided, a call from a desperate English Tory would swing me into the YES camp, so it may well be a self-defeating exercise.”
The report also suggests that Labour leader Ed Miliband would also be in serious trouble in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, losing a Labour heartland “and more than 40 MPs”.
It’s a good point – but many might argue that a new leader would make Labour more electable.
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