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Scottish Independence and Scotland's Future
Scotland 2015
UK Elections May 2015

Election 2015: SNP wins 56 of 59 seats in Scots landslide

The SNP has won 56 seats, the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour have just one each. That sees Scotland's political map changed from a distinctive red/orange to a widespread yellow.

We are still to see what the SNP can achieve at Westminster under a Conservative majority government.

Analysis by Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland political editor

In the aftermath of the referendum, folk in Scotland have been in a mindset which was focused upon the need for a clear Scottish voice.

That demand is inchoate and imprecise - in that it is not pegged directly or solely to a demand for particular devolved powers or a particular economic strategy.

It is, nevertheless, powerful and all-consuming. Perhaps all the more potent in that it is wide-ranging, rather than narrowly driven.

It is an aggregate feeling of remoteness from the concerns of a metropolitan elite, a feeling of physical and cultural distance from the Westminster centre of UK political life. A shout of anger, a yell of anguish, a demand to be heard.

And that feeling found expression through the SNP. Nicola Sturgeon is right. It tells us nothing about independence - other than the fact that the people of Scotland were not seemingly scared to endorse a party whose reason for being is to end the Union.

Points to note...

The SNP got 50% share of the vote which actually means a majority of Scots either didn't vote or voted against the SNP. In many ways the vote in next years Scottish elections will be interesting as in Scotland we have proportional representation rather than the first passed the post system in UK elections.

World media fear UK EU exit, looser US ties. European papers are concerned about the effect on the EU in the light of Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to hold a referendum on leaving. And there is speculation that the Scottish nationalists' spectacular gains may herald the break-up of the United Kingdom. A US daily fears the result may be the harbinger of the end of the US-UK "special relationship"

The Trident issue is one to watch and while Scotland is keen to get rid of Trident people should consider what this means in regard to world politics. You might read the article at

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