Are the Conservatives’ repeated warnings over an SNP-Labour government winning the Scottish party greater support?
Senior Tories have voiced concern that the Conservatives’ tactics of talking up the threat a Labour-SNP government could pose to Britain, may result in a damaging outcome.
Michael Forsyth, the former Tory Scottish secretary, described David Cameron’s current approach as “short-term and dangerous”.
Cameron has repeatedly said that with Ed Miliband in Number 10 with the support of the SNP, the Labour party would be “held hostage” by the Scots.
Today, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed she wants to prop up Ed Miliband on a vote-by-vote basis. He’d be held to ransom and you would pay. #GE2015
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 19, 2015
Former Prime Minister John Major is also expected to reiterate Cameron’s views on a Labour/SNP tie up during a speech today.
He is expected to say that a Miliband-helmed government with the SNP would be subjected to a “daily dose of political blackmail”.
But some in the Conservative Party believe this is having the effect of bolstering SNP support.
Lord Forsyth said: “We’ve had the dilemma for [the] Conservatives, which is they want to be the largest party at Westminster and therefore some see the fact that the nationalists are going to take seats in Scotland will be helpful. But that is a short-term and dangerous view which threatens the integrity of our country.”
Miliband has also been vocal in attacking the Conservatives’ stance on the SNP. Speaking to the BBC, he accused Cameron of “playing fast and loose with the union”, adding that unionist politicians should be confronting the nationalist threat and desire for another independence referendum, which he said he was “not having”.
“He should be taking on a nationalist party as I am doing. David Cameron is now threatening the integrity of the UK with the games he is playing,” Miliband said.