Lord John Major today briefly displaced Gordon Brown’s position as the ‘Man to Step Out of the Shadows and Save the Union’ with a bizarre contribution to the constitutional debate.
Electing people would be “a recipe for mayhem,” Major told an enthusiastic audience of pensioners. “Mayhem,” Major repeated in a whisper.
“I love Scotland,” he said, having spent most of the speech explaining we were the equivalent of the Red Peril, adding: “I have many, many Scottish friends.”
It’s not just this ‘electing MPs’ bit that’s the problem, it goes far deeper than that according to John.
“I warned against Scottish devolution in 1992 and 1997. I always knew that nothing good would come of it.”
Back to Basics
It was a strange interjection from a politician that people had either forgotten of completely – or – if they had remembered him at all – was synonymous with sleaze and massive economic failure and corruption.
But in the mystery land of Westminster, Major is an ace card in the pack. They forget he is like a poster boy for Parody Britain, his most memorable quote being the remarkable evocation of :
“A country of long shadows on county cricket grounds, warm beer, green suburbs, dog lovers, and old maids cycling to holy communion through the morning mist.”
England can now see the political stalemate that Scotland has been able to see for decades now. That’s why she is dangerous. She reveals the truth about British democracy. Sturgeon is dangerous to the political classes, because she is offering voters a clearer view of how the political classes work.
– Deborah Orr (‘Why the hysteria over Nicola Sturgeon‘)
And, if the polling from Edinburgh proves right, and North and Leith, East and South West are to go to the SNP, then the panic Major is articulating is well justified. The significance of the surge in Edinburgh is that this is territory where No won.