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Coalition deals won’t stop cuts

Issue No. 2445

The outcome of May’s general election is hard to predict. 

Yet the deteriorating support for the established parties is clear. 

As people reject a rotten Westminster political system—and the liars and thieves who run it—political alternatives to the Tories and Labour gain ground. 

The astonishing rise in support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) reflects this, along with a desire to punish Scottish Labour for its pact with the Tories in the independence referendum.

Facing the prospect of dozens of SNP MPs, right wingers have railed against “rampaging Scot Nats” coming to “storm” Westminster and hold Britain to ransom. 

The fact that the establishment has spent much of the past week attacking the SNP and the Greens shows how worried it is.  

Labour leader Ed Miliband partly succumbed to pressure and announced, “There will be no SNP ministers in any government I lead.” 

This suits Labour and the SNP. Miliband can deflect some of the right’s flak.  And endangered Scottish Labour MPs can continue with their desperate line of “Vote SNP, get a Tory government”. 

The SNP also wants to avoid a direct association with Labour’s austerity when it has its own cuts to disguise in Scotland.

The one certainty after 8 May is that we will need to get organised and keep up the fight against austerity—whoever gets into office. 

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