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The Tory-SNP deal that may reshape the UK

This story came up in the Guardian earlier this week, but has largely been lost in amongst all the run up to the publishing of the Leveson Report, however if this happens it will have some pretty big consequences for the whole of the UK.

Essentially the story suggests that the Tory government is making a deal with the SNP to make the independence vote a choice between full independence and the so called devo-max option. As part of the devo-max legislation Scottish MP’s will be removed from Westminster, however they’ll also use the opportunity to resurrect the boundary reorganisation plan that they failed to get through earlier this year. There are no Tory MP’s in Scotland, and the boundary changes favour the Tory party too…

For all of the miscalculations and cock-ups of the past two-and-a-half years, the Tory party, and David Cameron in particular, are as strategically focused as ever on winning power and holding on to it.

Few will be surprised to learn, then, that Cameron is still determined to force through parliamentary boundary changes next year that will reduce both the number of seats in parliament and in particular the number of Labour MPs, (by about 30) – and all in the face of opposition from Nick Clegg. And despite Clegg’s protestation, the Tories will probably be able to buy off some Liberal Democrat MPs threatened with extinction with a place in the Lords or on a quango. That he appears to be promising more devolved powers to Northern Ireland and Wales in order to win over the unionists and Plaid Cymru is quite logical in the circumstances.

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Confidence in an Independent Scotland

The news recently has been including a lot of talk about the possibility of Scotland becoming independent, following on in part from the victory of the Scottish National Party in the May elections.

As you may be aware, I did work for what was officially a Scottish Company, Scottish and Southern Energy, which was formed from the merger of Scottish Hydro and Southern Electric. Officially the head office is in Perth in Scotland, although if you look at this map you’ll see that they have operations all over the UK, so Scotland declaring independence could certainly cause some problems.

As a result, it was certainly interesting to hear rumours from friends still at SSE of the company considering relocating their head office back south of the border, possibly to their current London office (the old Southern Electric head office at Littlewick Green being long gone) – certainly if it happens it will be a big indicator of a lack of confidence of cross border businesses in the viability of an independent Scotland, and certainly a significant blow to the Scottish National Party.