Celtic greed won’t impress in a hung parliament

One of the small deceptions of the election is the trumpeting of the wee parties about the mighty leverage they’d enjoy in a hung parliament. Don’t believe a word of it, voters.  The SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie was at one with the DUP’s Peter Robinson in spinning a yarn which was also the lead shot in Alex Salmond’s launch for the SNP. Plaid Cymru’s Ieuan Gwyn Jones looked forward to a “strong wedge” of Welsh and Scottish Celts uniting to press for more dosh. (No mention of any brand of Northern Irish even though SNP and Plaid MPs sit in front of the DUP on the Commons benches) . Do they really believe that either the Conservatives or Labour would sidle up to them instead of the Lib Dems, whatever the arithmetic? Can you envisage a stable UK government supported by this motley crew – especially as all they’ve got to contribute is the sound of rattling begging bowls in continuing hard times for all? The English of all parties would unite to tell them to get stuffed. This is not how to make devolution work better.

  • Cynic2

    Absoluteley right.

    The first thing the Tories should do when they come to power is require our wasteful warring politicians tp come up with a financial plan for at least a 10% real terms reduction in spend here over say 5 years. Thats the first thing that will force them to do real politics

  • It is true the English are tired of the Celtic whine, ever more expensive, ever more superior.

    Far from being the big bad bully, the English have been the most tolerant of us all over the last decades.

    If they get tired of the ‘poor me’ act from the rest of the UK the result would be, interesting. Perhaps they would send the Scots a bill for all the centuries they did not have oil…Perhaps Wales would have to go it alone, and perhaps we would find out what it would be like to solve our own problems, without their money to prop up the north…