By Alice Brown, David McCrone, Paula Surridge
The ebook attracts on unique educational learn to debate the end result of the 1997 basic election in Scotland and the most likely destiny form of Scotland's politics. It bargains the main rigorous and up to date evaluate of Scottish electoral politics that's on hand, environment the 1997 Scottish bring about a comparative context with the remainder of Britain, and in a context of adjusting political attitudes and behavior because the Nineteen Seventies. The 1997 common Election ranks along 1945 and 1979 as a turning aspect within the post-war uk. the overpowering endorsement of a Scottish Parliament within the September 1997 referendum can have dramatic implications for Scottish and British politics. This e-book complements figuring out of those advancements and analyzes the connection among nationwide id and the coverage time table as Scotland strikes in the direction of a brand new constitutional future.
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The debate became more heated when it was announced that there were going to be two questions, the first asking people in Scotland if they wanted a Scottish Parliament and the second directed at the taxvarying powers. The split over the decision to hold a referendum was rehearsed at executive meetings of the Scottish Labour Party where attempts were made to limit the damage by restricting it to a straightforward question on whether or not to establish a Parliament. At one stage, following a particularly difficult executive meeting, a so-called compromise of three questions was proposed, a decision that only added fuel to the debate.
In both Scotland and the rest of Britain, less than one-fifth of the electorate chose the Conservative Party as their second preference. 2: Party identity and vote party identity Scotland rest of Britain None Con Lab Lib Dem SNP None Con Lab Lib Dem Did not vote 48 14 15 7 19 52 13 19 15 Con 63 7 6 0 80 1 4 8 76 0 12 6 22 13 0 75 5 3 12 7 2 4 0 3 0 68 0 74 4 6 Other 6 14 10 12 10 7 3 N 51 143 402 92 137 168 1997 vote Lab Lib Dem SNP (=100%) 67 4 801 1130 325 Source: British Election Survey 1997.
The SNP, not surprisingly, jumped at the opportunity handed to it to make political capital from the decision, accusing George Robertson of being a puppet of Tony Blair and stating that once again policy in Scotland was being driven from south of the border. Tony Blair was even compared by some to Margaret Thatcher in that he was accused of being insensitive to the political situation in Scotland. The storm mounted as the SNP got hold of a research report based on evidence from focus groups, carried out on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party, which showed that Blair was identified with moving Labour to the right and that Labour was seen to be back-tracking on the commitment to home rule (Jones, 1997).
The Scottish Electorate: The 1997 General Election and Beyond by Alice Brown, David McCrone, Paula Surridge