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A few election predictions. None particular controversial or insightful.

On Thursday the SNP will win an absolute majority at Holyrood. I think they will pick up almost all of the constituency seats and a few seats on the list. I'd expect them to win between 70-75 seats. This would give them an absolute majority of between 5 and 10 seats. They will lose a couple through by-elections late in the Parliament and possibly one or two to defection or disillutionment but they should comfortably retain a comfortable majority until 2021.

I think the Labour Party will hang onto to second place with somewhere around 20-25 seats and the Tories a few seats behind them. (This is the prediction I'll least certain of).

I predict that the Greens will underperform their current polling. I'd expect 1-2 seats in each of Glasgow and the Lothians and 1 seat each in most regions for a total of about 8.

The Lib Dems should hang on to all five of their seats.

I think UKIP might win between 0-3 and three seats. By which I mean they are in with an outside chance of winning a seat in I think 3 regions. They might come close in all three but win nothing or they might win all three.

If I'm right about UKIP winning a seat at Holyrood this will be a shocking result. I mean it will shock Scotland, particularly the left wing of Scotish voters and most especially the more starry-eyed 45-ers. We've all been telling ourselves for years that Scotland is different and that UKIP could never establish themselves in Scotland. That David Coburn's European Parliament seat was a fluke and result of badly organised tactical voting. However, it looks like Scotland might have the same Poujadist underbelly as the rest of Europe and the same problems that lead to that sort of political organisation prospering.

I wonder how we will respond.

On the subject of Poujadists - I now think Trump will win the Republican nomination, probably on the first ballot and perhaps with a majority of pledged delegates in advance of the convention. This surprises me. For about six months now I thought that Trump's appeal would stick at 35-40% and that the Republican party would rally round some compromise candidate who would head him off at the pass. Looks like I was wrong. The Republicans have bungled their anti-Trump response. Perhaps because they think Cruz is worse.


More surprisingly Trump seems to be able to poll above 50% when it counts. (Amongst Republican voters who are highly engaged in politics).

This saddens me. I was hoping for a contentested convention. Trump losing out to Cruz in the 42nd ballot and running a third party spoiler campaign but in only half the states whilst Cruz deals with legitimacy issues and the Republican Party sinks in to a decade long civil war. No luck.

Clinton has won the Democrat primary and should comfortably beat Trump in the General Election. Will the Democrats win back a majority in the Senate? I think not but who knows what impact Trump will have.

The election I've been paying second least attention too is the EU referendum.

I think Remain will win the EU referendum. The winning margin will be somewhere a little bit closer than the Scottish Indepedence with markedly higher Remain votes in Scotland. This will be interesting because I expect a number of British Nationalists who are currently saying that a 55-45 win is conclusive when they win will want to change their tune when they lose their referendum by about the same amount.

I'm not sure that their 45-ers will go on to repeat the success of the SNP. To use the current vernacular the Euro-sceptic 45-er's haven't done the level grinding that the SNP have done. The SNP had spent 7 years providing competent, centrist, worthy government and the two year referendum campaign turned in to a massive and positive national conversation about the future of Scotland not just as a state but as a political, social and culture entity. What emerged was a strong desire for a social democracy in Scotland with large minority of people who belived that this could best (or only) be achieved through indepedence. Independence was to be a vehicle to the better Scotland we mostly agreed we wanted. Except the UKIP voters - who don't. And the Tory voters - who don't either. And Lib Dem voters who are bit concerned about over centralisation and local government. And Labour voters who are worried that the SNP are Tories in Disguise. But most of the rest of agree we'd like a Scandinavian style social democracy.

The Euro-sceptics haven't done this and they don't have time to have those conversations between now and the 23rd of June. They also lack an immediate opportunity to win an election. So I expect they will lose and then not go on to sweep to power. If we are lucky they will remain a festering sore in the side of the Tory party for the next generation. The cabinet reshuffle on the 25th of June should be fun.

The election I've been paying least attention to is the post-election potential election of a new Labour Party leader. I think the results in London will offset a generally lacklustre result in the English local elections. The Scottish result is baked in. So I expect Corbyn will survive the Ides of May. He seems be narrowing the gap between him and Cameron in terms of public perception and I think none of the likely Tory successors are more liked than Cameron so Corbyn might survive long enough to go on to utterly lose the 2020 General Election.
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