Daily Archives: May 6, 2011

Jim Pickard

There is a deluge of election material out there today; I would recommend www.ft.com for those looking for superior coverage.

Here is my succint summary:

SNP 10/10. Alex Salmond pulls off Holyrood majority, prompting imminent referendum on Scottish devolution and the resignation – by the autumn – of Iain Gray, Scotland’s Labour leader.

Conservatives 9/10. Any government – let alone one conducting large public spending cuts – is supposed to lose ground in mid-term polls. As of now the Tories have made 77 net gains and have won control of four councils. And are only around two points behind Labour overall. Bizarre. Bear in mind that they were already starting from a high base of councillors. Plus they won the AV argument, we presume. Read more