Sources state that the Scottish National Party (SNP) could change the outcome of the election in the U.K., depending on whether a coalition is formed between the SNP and one of the larger parties, like The Labour Party or The Conservative Party.
Piers Morgan, writing for The Daily Mail:
“…(N)either of the two main parties has a hope in hell of winning an overall majority at the general election.”
So one of the bigger parties will need to form a “coalition” with a smaller party to form a working majority to rule the country. The SNP is supposedly the most powerful small party.
The problem is that the SNP wants independence for Scotland. So a party that forms a coalition with the SNP will be working with a party that wants to break away from the U.K.
“So they will have to take a begging bowl to one of the smaller parties to do a deal that allows them to form a ‘coalition’ government. The biggest ‘smaller’ party will almost certainly be the SNP, who should end up with 40-50 seats in Parliament, having pretty much wiped out the socialist Labour party in that country, which used to be considered its heartland,” writes Piers Morgan.
The Labour Party’s leader, Ed Miliband, has accused David Cameron (Conservative) of “demeaning his office” and putting the UK’s future at risk as a fight over the SNP’s future role intensifies, according to the BBC.
Miliband said Mr. Cameron, who has warned of the dangers of a Labour-SNP coalition, should be “taking on the nationalists” not “talking them up,” states the BBC. He suggested other Conservatives were “ashamed” of their election strategy.
However, Labour has said the Conservatives were “talking up” the threat of the SNP for their own political interests.
But former Prime Minister Sir John Major said the SNP could “blackmail” a future Labour government.
The Conservatives have continued their warnings about the SNP’s likely influence on a minority Labour government in the event of a hung Parliament, with the former Conservative leader claiming it would be a “recipe for mayhem”.
The SNP has said it does not want to form a coalition with the Conservatives, but is interested in one with Labour.
Conservative David Cameron has stated that a Conservative government would honor Scottish devolution (granting Scotland more autonomy), but he wants to “ensure the rest of the UK will not ‘lose out.'”
Below is a BBC interview with the head of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon.
Recently, U.S. Senator from Florida Marco Rubio announced that he will run for U.S. President.
Ouch: The Majority Report discusses Rubio’s decision, and they claim he will be the guy “talked about” to entice the Latino community and put the party in a good light, but the right-wing will just choose two white guys anyway.
Former Republican Representative of Minnesota Michele Bachmann took to social media and her Facebook wall to compare Barack Obama to Andreas Lubitz, the suicidal co-pilot of the crashed Germanwings flight 9525 that resulted in the needless deaths of 150 people.
Bachmann actually made a run for president in 2012.
Does the GOP tolerate this kind of speech from its members? Is Bachmann good for the GOP? Does this kind of speech make the GOP look dumb?
President Obama has been the subject of right-wing attacks since he failed to attend a unity rally in the wake of extremists’ attack on satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.
U.S. Representative Randy Weber, a Republican from Texas, has drawn criticism and praise since he compared President Barack Obama’s decision not to attend a rally in Paris to Adolf Hitler’s visit to the city after the Nazis invaded.
Two teenage boys have been charged in Houston, Texas for the gang rape of a 16-year old girl this past June. According to the victim, Jada, she drank some punch offered to her by a boy at a party she was attending, which turned out to be spiked. She says she then passed out, and was not aware of what had happened to her until pictures of her assault went viral on social media.
These fellows posted pictures of the naked, unconscious teenager all over the internet in order to mock her. They weren’t the only ones, either. Other kids from her school, and soon, around the country, gleefully shared the photo all around social media.
TYT states, “As if that weren’t bad enough, some of them even started posting pictures of themselves posed as Jada was in the picture, tagging them #jadapose, which eventually came so popular that it was actually trending on Twitter and Instagram. Some particularly delightful young men even tried to make the pose into a ‘dance craze’ on YouTube.”
Would a third viable political party be helpful or hurtful to the U.S.?
The last time a viable third-party candidate ran for president in the U.S. was in 2000, when Ralph Nader of the Green Party ran against Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
In the U.S., there seemed to be a general feeling that Nader siphoned votes from the center-left Democrats and actually helped Republican George Bush win a plurality for the election. That, in turn, pulled the nation to the right and eventually made the Iraq war possible.
It was as if the Green Party had an effect opposite to what the left wanted.
A party in the middle could have a different effect, however, perhaps taking votes from Republicans.
Kim Dotcom is the figure behind file-storage and -sharing service Megaupload, and he has decided to bring his Internet Party to the U.S.
The Internet Party was founded in Kim’s current place of residence, New Zealand. Wikipedia describes the Internet Party as “A party advocating for less surveillance, copyright reform and cheap internet.”
Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz in Germany, announced Monday on his Twitter account that the Internet Party will arrive in the U.S. next year. Dotcom tweeted that the party will be “well-funded and run by American citizens,” adding that some of its founders come from the “music, film, and Internet” industries.
“Edward Samuel ‘Ed’ Miliband (born 24 December 1969) is a British Labor Party politician, currently the Leader of the Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Doncaster North since 2005 and served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He and his brother, David Miliband, were the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Edward, Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, and Oliver Stanley in 1938.”
An analysis of an interview with Ed Miliband after a survey found just 41% of the UK public would vote in the next election, 23% were satisfied with the way MPs are doing their job and only 18% trust politicians to tell the truth.