I know there are some readers of this blog who are either members or supporters of the SNP, but who live in other parts of the UK. So which parties will you be voting for on May 7th? Nicola Sturgeon suggested that people in England might want to consider voting Green, or for individual Labour candidates who have proved themselves to be on the progressive wing of the party. Speaking personally, I wouldn't vote Labour if I was in England, irrespective of the candidate, because the Neanderthal attitudes towards Scotland run too deep within Ed Miliband's party, and afflict even those who are the voice of reason on every other topic.
The Guardian made a heroic effort the other week to suggest that those in England impressed by Nicola Sturgeon ought to vote Labour in order to maximise the chances of the SNP holding influence. For the avoidance of doubt, that's complete drivel - a vote for Labour is just as likely to take Miliband to the point where he can govern without the SNP's help (probably in coalition with the Liberal Democrats).
So what are the attractive options in the rest of the UK for a typical SNP sympathiser? Let's start with the easy ones, and then work down to the more problematical possibilities.
Plaid Cymru : Left-of-centre, anti-austerity. Sister party of the SNP, and former junior coalition partner in the Welsh Government. In favour of enhanced devolution for Wales, and of full independence as a longer-term objective. Also very supportive of Scottish independence, and many members came north to work for the Yes campaign. Held three Westminster seats at dissolution, and should have a decent chance of adding Ynys Môn and Ceredigion, both of which were previously Plaid-held for long spells.
Mebyon Kernow : Left-of-centre, anti-austerity. Sister party of the SNP. In favour of substantial devolution to a Cornish Assembly, and would doubtless be an ally of the SNP in decentralising power throughout the UK. No realistic prospect of winning a seat this time around, but a serious party which has several local councillors.
Green Party of England and Wales : Left-of-centre, anti-austerity. Natalie Bennett proudly noted that the Greens were the only major English party to support a Yes vote at last year's Scottish independence referendum, and she visited Scotland personally to campaign. They held one Westminster seat at dissolution, and may have an outside chance of gaining one or two more.
Yorkshire First : Technically a sister party of the SNP, because it's just become an observer member of the European Free Alliance - and it's the first EFA member party in the UK from outside the 'Celtic Fringe'. Unlike Plaid and Mebyon Kernow, though, it doesn't identify as left-wing, but as centrist. Supports Scottish or Welsh style devolution for Yorkshire. If I lived in that part of the world, I would probably be torn between the Greens' lefty-ness, and Yorkshire First's emphasis on constitutional reform.
North-East Party : No affiliation to the European Free Alliance (not yet, anyway), but in every other respect appears to be very similar to Yorkshire First. Supports devolution for the North-East of England.
Wessex Regionalists : Left-of-centre, pro-devolution. A kind of "Plaid for Wessex" that has been around for ages, but with very little success. They're standing against David Cameron in Witney.
SDLP : Left-of-centre, and in favour (at least in principle) of a united Ireland. On the face of it, should be a perfect fit for any SNP supporter, but they're a sister party of Labour, not the SNP. It's even sometimes been said that they "take the Labour whip at Westminster", although that never seems to have been a binding arrangement. They famously helped to bring down the Callaghan government in 1979 - but strangely Labour seemed to forgive their Irish comrades within a week, as opposed to the 36 years they've been nursing a grievance over the SNP doing exactly the same thing.
Sinn Féin : Left-wing, anti-austerity, and in favour of a united Ireland - but carries a huge amount of historical baggage.
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UPDATE : I overlooked the Northern Party, which only launched last month and is standing candidates in Lancashire. Seems to be very similar to Yorkshire First and the North-East Party, and is calling for "devo max", no less.