Monday 20 February 2017

The Yates anthology: FG to mirror Tory tactics

Published 09/05/2015 | 02:30

Sometimes it's good to treat yourself
Sometimes it's good to treat yourself

Keep your Las Vegas Mayweather/Pacquiao mania. You can't beat a British election count for an all-night bout. The best 'knock down, drag out' entertainment comes with non-stop declarations, building to early-morning career combustion. Among the heads that should roll are an entire coterie of failed pollsters, who didn't detect a Tory gain of 20 seats. The so-called "neck-and-neck" battle transpired to be a Labour disaster.

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The two decisive factors that won it for David Cameron were the economy and the Scottish nationalism surge. Enda Kenny's strategists will seek to mirror the same link. Expect lots more rhetoric here about budgets for "working people" and policies that create extra numbers "at work". Fianna Fáil should watch out for long memories.

The story of the campaign was the Scottish National Party's success. Pundits presumed this would automatically result in a hung Parliament, leaving them holding the balance of power in Westminster. English voters resented these cuckoos in the nest having it every way - independence for them, while dictating policy. Tactical voting to prevent this was the decisive factor.

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