THE likely outcome of a General Election in December will be victory for the Conservatives. They are ahead in the polls, they have the money, their campaign is in the hands of experts, and they will ham-mer home the clear message that they represent the people against Parliament. A Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn, with a confused message on Brexit and whose campaign will be led by Karie Murphy, who self-confessedly does not know much about polling, will be no match.

It is unfortunate that both the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, in pushing for such an election, appear to be motivated more by party advantage than the national interest and their actions will in all likelihood usher in five more years of Boris Johnson and the hardest of Brexits.

R Murray,

Glasgow G41.

THE General Election will be on one issue, Brexit, whose outcome may be another hung parliament. What happens then?

We had a Fixed Term Parliament Act, a concept worth less than nothing. It would have been better to have had a fixed term Prime Minister, whose term finished after five years, or with the onset of an election – that might have concentrated the minds of Theresa May and now Boris Johnson.

How will this end? I would expect the SNP to do well in Scotland: the LibDems well in England, though lots of votes don’t always get lots of seats: Labour perhaps better than expected, though expectations must be low. The Tories start as favourites but their vote share is harder to predict: they may double their majorities in the south but will lose seats to the SNP, Lib Dems and the Brexit party.

The Tory vote seems to depend on how Mr Johnson is perceived (buffoon/charlatan), but also where you live in the UK. One probable outcome is that the majority party in Scotland will be totally different from the majority party in England. If, under those circumstances, England’s majority party insists on vetoing Scots having a direct say on their own future, then its surely time to stop talking about a “partnership of nations”, and refer to “internal colonies”.

GR Weir,


TO do nothing on an early General Election was not an option as last week 19 Labour MPs supported Boris Johnson’s bad Brexit deal which puts Scottish business plus our farming and fishing industries at a disadvantage compared to Northern Ireland.

As Labour has been such a useless Opposition, it is thanks to Joanna Cherry and the Scottish courts that Mr Johnson was forced to bow to the rule of law and ask for the EU extension until January 31. Reports also indicate that the SNP/LibDem calls for an early General Election was a game-changer for Emmanuel Macron to agree to such an extension in order to stop a no deal Brexit.

It should be remembered that Labour enthusiastically voted to trigger Article 50 without knowing the terms on which we would leave, thus becoming the handmaiden of three years of Westminster chaos. Labour then failed to back the Cherry motion that would have removed the possibility of a no deal. At Westminster Labour MPs also refused to support the Scottish Government’s Scotland’s Place in Europe proposals made in December 2016 which would have solved the Irish border situation by keeping the UK in the single market, the customs union and backing EU freedom of movement that is essential for Scotland’s economic future.

Mary Thomas,

Edinburgh EH11.

THERE is nothing surprising about historical amnesia – there is a lot of it around. But some examples are so bad that they need to be called out. BBC Good Morning Scotland had a discussion on current parallels with the 1979 vote of no confidence and subsequent General Election (October 29). Astonishingly there was not a single reference to the context. Scotland had just had a referendum on the Scot-land Act to establish a Scottish Assembly. The Yes vote was 52 per cent but because there had been years of cross-party backbench co-operation to sabotage devolution, the Act was dropped because there had been a back-bench amendment requiring a vote of more than 40 per cent of all those on the electoral roll whether dead or alive, voting or non-voting. For those of us politically active in the 1970s, much of what has been happening at Westminster is quite familiar.

Scotland despite a majority vote was being offered nothing and the Callaghan government had only a few months left before it had to go to a General Election so voting against it was a legitimate gesture. A General Election in the autumn would have still resulted in a Tory victory because of the mood in England.

So be cautious about the current enthusiasm about backbench cross-party cooperation – it can work for you and it can work against you.

Isobel Lindsay,


THE SNP has been in an awful hurry for a snap General Election in December. Alex Salmond's trial looms early next year. No connection, obviously.

Martin Redfern,