A battle between London and Edinburgh for the independence of Scotland will follow in the coming years

Should the United Kingdom stay together, the unionists would like to express special thanks to the inhabitants of the west of Aberdeenshire, the region of the Scottish Highlands where the royal country house of Balmoral is located. There the unionists managed to prevent this crucial region from falling into the hands of the nationalists on Saturday evening. As a result, Sturgeon’s party stranded at 64 of the 129 seats, so just not an absolute majority. As a result, there will now almost certainly be a coalition with The Greens, the party that won 8 seats.

Charm offensive

According to London, there is now no mandate for a new plebiscite on Scottish independence, but Sturgeon points out that the Greens too are in favor of an independent nation. In response to the election results, she announced that she wanted to hold a referendum within two years. Boris Johnson launched a pre-emptive strike after the outcome, calling for a mini-summit with the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to see how the UK can repair the damage done by a year of lockdowns.

The British Prime Minister wants to show that there are more important things than fighting for independence. The London government will also launch a charm offensive called ‘Project Love’ to appease the Scots. That means more investments and possibly even more autonomy. London has absolutely no intention of letting the Scots decide their destiny for the second time in seven years. Scottish business is concerned about the practical consequences of independence, such as the coming of a border between Scotland and England.

Investing in neglected areas has proven to be a successful strategy for the Conservative party. The ‘Red Wall’ of Labor in Central and Northern England has continued to crumble. In the North East of England, an area where mining and shipbuilding have disappeared, a Conservative Regional Mayor was re-elected by a large majority in gratitude for the investments made. The crowning glory of the Conservative victory in England was the capture of Hartlepool, a dilapidated port city in that region.

Hartlepool

Hartlepool had been a red stronghold since the 1960s, so much so that New Labor strategist Peter Mandelson was able to win there without campaigning in the late 1990s. The story goes about this Euro-minded Labor celebrity that he mistook mashed peas at a fish stall for guacamole. But discontent with Labor became apparent at the beginning of this century. In 2002, the disaffected Hartlepool residents elected the local soccer team’s mascot, a young man dressed as a monkey, as mayor.

Voting for the hated Tories was a step too far in Margaret Thatcher’s time, but that hesitation has now disappeared. Brexit served as a catalyst in the turnaround. Seven out of ten residents voted to leave the EU. Labor leader Keir Starmer’s decision to nominate a Euro-minded candidate was surprising. By eating fish and chips with a pint on a visit to Hartlepool, Starmer tried to appear workerist. Scornful laughter fell to the London lawyer.

Under Boris Johnson, the Conservatives have reinvented themselves – traditionally their strength. In the economic field they pursue a left-wing, Keynesian policy. Where under David Cameron huge cutbacks were made, Johnson sprinkles money, especially in ‘red areas’. From a socio-cultural point of view, they are on a conservative course. With this combination they appear to be close to the average voter. Elsewhere Labor also lost considerably, although the party grew in Wales (where the nationalists lost, unlike their brothers in Scotland).

Successor

In Manchester, Andy Burnham strengthened his position as mayor. He is now mentioned as a potential successor to the moderate Starmer, for whom Jeremy Corbyn had to make way a year ago. Starmer said she took full responsibility for the disappointing outcome and subsequently fired party chairman Angela Rayner, much to the anger of the party’s corbynist wing. To the left, the result is proof that Corbyn was not Labor’s problem.

Previously, Khalid Mahmood, Labour’s Defense Affairs spokesman, had resigned. In his retirement, he claimed his party has been taken over by “a London-based bourgeoisie, backed by brigades of social media woke fighters.” In the capital, Social Democrat Sadiq Khan was given a second term as mayor, but with a shrinking majority. The happiest Londoner was Johnson, whose bluff that voters don’t care how extravagant the renovation of his official residence is turned out to be justified.
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