Having had dealings with SNP supporters, this blog can do little but agree with LabourList‘s Mark Ferguson, who writes that any potential post-election deal with the SNP must be ruled out because it is “undesirable…counter-productive and unworkable, [would] cause enormous damage to the country (possibly splitting it in two) and severely harm the Labour Party”. He writes:
Failing to rule out a deal hands the SNP a compelling narrative between now and May.
Want rid of the Tories and a Labour government in Westminster? The SNP will claim that you can get that if you vote for them, and that (because they only care about Scotland) they’d get the best deal for Scotland. It’s not true of course, because the best way to deliver for Scotland is through a strong Labour majority government.
An SNP group in Westminster (led by Salmond) would constantly be on manouveres to embarass Labour, to try to convince the Scottish people that Labour are the bad guys, to create splits and divisions and to bring about – by hook or by crook – the only thing that really matters to them: Independence.
Why should Labour work with a party – and allow effective power of veto over elements of government policy – that doesn’t even believe in the country or the body that is being governed?
How then could we explain to the electorate of England and Wales that we had put the desire for a Commons majority before our desire to exclude people whose entire political credo revolves about not caring what happens in England and Wales?
Why on earth would Labour agree to a deal that would damage the party in Scotland whilst simultaneously alienating the rest of the UK for a generation?
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