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February 5

On this day the extraordinary British national election took place due to the most unconventional circumstances. Many saw it as possibly the last national election for a United Kingdom as they knew it. And yet, by the end of the day, no-one seemed to have gotten the answers which they wanted.

Series II of Scotland Under Fire - Fire Under Scotland Part 14The campaigning had been hard all round. The Conservatives, still lead by David Cameron, held firm that their actions were about economic responsibility and enforcing law, order, and public safety. They particularly took after Labour, pointing towards the Blair-Brown years, as ensuring economic chaos, whilst the Scottish National Party was singled out as wanting to destroy the United Kingdom with its demand for Scottish Independence through the support of terrorist type organisations - in other words the Scotland Liberation Army and the mutinous actions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Even though many in England and elsewhere actually agreed with the Conservatives, over such issues, just as many others were disgusted that the so-called law, order, and public safety issues, which the Conservatives believed they championed, were completely counter to the quintessential British way of life and was bordering on despotism if not beyond it.

This was certainly the SNP response, to the Conservatives, and although economic concerns once again played its part in the national election campaign in Scotland, not as many went along with such arguments and were more concerned about a return to the attempts by Westminster to use military intervention in Scotland's affairs once more.

Ed Miliband, the Labour Leader and Caretaker Prime Minister, tried to take a middle path. Whilst certainly emphasising economic responsibility, Labour also refused to support an independent Scotland any time soon. Having said that Labour did support more devolved powers for Scotland, as per the agreement in the aftermath of the independence referendum, which the Conservatives had now backed away from citing the Scotland Emergency as an example where Holyrood was incapable of governing even now, under the current situation, let alone being granted more powers to enforce.

In the end, though, for all the toil and effort of the campaigning, the opinion polls from the first day hardly moved overall except in the case of the SNP. At first it seemed that they would gain at least 50 seats at Westminster, in the immediate aftermath of the Scotland Emergency, but the Glasgow election riots may have impacted upon the vote at the last literal second. Still, given the numbers the other parties were getting, it seemed no one party would gain a majority in the House of Commons.

And so it came to pass. As the counting went on throughout the election night of 5 February 2015, the patterns soon emerged as to who was victorious and who was not. Without a doubt the SNP was the party who greatly improved their position at Westminster expanding from six to 32 seats. The Conservatives were not punished overly too much, for the Scotland Emergency, except in Scotland itself where not one seat went with the Conservatives. Elsewhere, across Britain, their numbers held on somewhat albeit they dropped overall to 244 seats.

Labour was also seen as a winner, and emerged with the most number of seats in the Commons, although they suffered losses in Scotland to the SNP. Still they gained the most seats overall with 310 making them the favourite to form government. Many of these seats were picked up, however, at the expense of the Liberal Democrats who, even before the Scotland Emergency, had lost favour with the electorate. Dropping from 56 to 22 seats meant to say any attempt to revitalise their previous coalition government with the Conservatives was well and truly over.

Labour and the SNP were not the only beneficiaries of the lower Conservative and Liberal Democratic vote, as the UKIP increased their numbers at Westminster to eight seats all of them taken from the Conservatives.

Consequentially any new British government was going to be a minority one, which could thus fall at any moment, as neither the Conservatives nor Labour could put together a firm coalition due to the results. This situation came to pass as no-one wanted to involve the SNP in such a coalition whilst the SNP refused to join any such coalition if the issue of Scottish Independence was not immediately put on the agenda for that government to deal with in respect to the next British Parliament.

Nonetheless Labour was offered the commission to establish the Government by the soon to abdicate Queen, in response to an announcement by Alex Salmond who was once again an elected member of Westminster, that the SNP would support Labour for the moment in the Commons but not as a coalition partner in government. Given the five re-elected Sinn Féin Members where in constant abstention, the Labour-SNP numbers was just barely enough to ensure Confidence in the House for Labour to form government.