Monday 22 January 2018

It's all to play for in the British general election

The Celtic fringe has pundits, bookies and voters scratching their heads, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

It's some feat, but this British general election is simultaneously the most boring and the most interesting I've ever followed.

Most commentators and bookies predict a hung parliament and a minority government: David Cameron will govern with the support of the DUP and maybe a UKIP MP or three; or Ed Miliband will be forced ever leftwards by the Scottish National Party, for Nicola Sturgeon - the socialist first minister of Scotland who sports hot colours and vertiginous heels - will have won every seat in Scotland. If Cameron loses, Boris Johnson will become party leader: if Miliband loses, who knows.

Boring, because it's unprecedentedly long, the major parties argue endlessly about how much they will spend and how much the others will tax or cut, and the two political leading men - Cameron and Miliband - have run dull, safe campaigns offering us more of the uninspiring same or a return to 1970s-style, ill-judged Whitehall meddling.

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