Be afraid, haggis-phobes of the London press, be very afraid. Incest, country dancing and an incomprehensible dialect are coming to a parliament building near you. Even more scarily, there are suggestions that unnatural practices such as social democracy and constitutional reform may soon be on open display in the House of Commons.
Today's update of the Scot Goes Pop Poll of Polls is based on the recent full-scale Scottish poll from YouGov, plus nine Scottish subsamples from GB-wide polls - five from YouGov, one from Populus, one from ComRes, one from Opinium and one from Ipsos-Mori.
Scottish voting intentions for the May 2015 UK general election :
SNP 45.3% (+3.2)
Labour 25.5% (-1.4)
Conservatives 17.7% (-1.0)
Liberal Democrats 4.9% (-0.5)
Greens 3.2% (-0.4)
UKIP 2.9% (-0.1)
(The Poll of Polls uses the Scottish subsamples from all GB-wide polls that have been conducted entirely within the last seven days and for which datasets have been provided, and also all full-scale Scottish polls that have been conducted at least partly within the last seven days. Full-scale polls are given ten times the weighting of subsamples.)
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I've been thinking - given that the London establishment have started talking about the prospect of a strong, democratically-elected Scottish contingent at Westminster in much the same way as they used to talk about IRA terrorism, surely some IRA-style broadcasting restrictions are now in order? "In order to prevent harm being done to our glorious United Kingdom, Nicola Sturgeon's words are spoken by an actress."
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Today's GB-wide YouGov poll in the Sunday Times contains a barrel-load of questions about the filthy tartan hordes (I keep having to remind myself that's us), and the responses of the Scottish subsample are rather fascinating -
Do you think it would be a good or bad thing if the SNP held the balance of power in a hung Parliament?
Good thing : 50%
Bad thing : 42%
Do you think it would be a good or bad thing if the SNP was part of a coalition government at Westminster after the next election?
Good thing : 51%
Bad thing : 39%
Do you think the Labour party should be prepared to do a deal with the SNP in the event of a hung Parliament, or should it rule out a deal?
Should be prepared to do a deal with the SNP : 51%
Should rule out doing a deal with the SNP : 36%
If there was a hung Parliament and the following were the only options available which would you prefer? A minority Labour government without any secure majority, or a Labour/SNP coalition with an overall majority?
A minority Labour government with no secure majority : 30%
A Labour/SNP coalition with an overall majority : 51%
A Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition or a Labour/SNP coalition?
A Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition : 33%
A Labour/SNP coalition : 52%
Thinking about some of the things the SNP could possibly ask for in exchange for supporting a minority government in Westminster, would you support or oppose the following?
Getting rid of Trident, Britain's nuclear weapons system?
Support : 51%
Oppose : 36%
Keeping Trident, but moving Britain's nuclear submarine base out of Scotland?
Support : 40%
Oppose : 44%
Holding a new referendum on Scottish independence?
Support : 44%
Oppose : 44%
Giving Scotland greater devolved powers, such as control of welfare and oil revenues?
Support : 65%
Oppose : 24%
The question about the SNP negotiating a second independence referendum as part of the deal implies that it would be held within the next five years. The results are therefore broadly in line with other polls we've seen on whether and when a second referendum should be held - an overwhelming majority do think it should happen, but views are more evenly split over whether it should be in the immediate future.
As always, the pressure on the Westminster parties to reverse their cynical betrayal of "The Vow" on Home Rule remains intense.