A momentous election, where does it lead us?

Anyone who thought that the result of the General Election would mark the end of the political debate about the future of our country will be sadly disillusioned this morning.

Against all the poll predictions, the result was not a hung parliament. Instead, David Cameron will be able to install a Conservative Government that will not need the support of another party in coalition to implement its policies.

United Kingdom politically divided

But anyone who believes this government will be able to command widespread support, has clearly not looked at the election results.

In Scotland a remarkable landslide has led to the SNP holding all but three seats. The biggest swing seen since records began, has installed 50 new SNP MPs, taking the party to third place in the UK Parliament well ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

What does this mean for the United Kingdom?

If you are a little Englander, then you probably believe what happens in Scotland is unimportant or irrelevant. If you are a Scottish nationalist, this is just a big step towards your goal of resuming independence after 300+ years.

But, if you believe in Britain and the United Kingdom and what our two nations have achieved together, then this must be a deeply worrying time. The ruling party in the union has just one MP in the whole of Scotland and 56 MPs implacably opposed to it.

David Cameron says this morning that he is committed to "one nation, one United Kingdom”. That is going to be one difficult, perhaps impossible, vision to achieve.

People like myself find this new desire to heal the wounds with Scotland hard to believe.

Is this is the same David Cameron who – just days after pleading with Scotland to stay part of the union – forgot about us one sentence into his 7am speech after the independence referendum? You may recall he turned his attention to the apparently more pressing matter of excluding our MPs from UK Parliament business. I’m sure I was not the only one incensed.

It seems clear this switch was a move to appease the right wing of his party. This kicking out at Scotland continued through the election campaign.

Can David Cameron now recover from that to gain the mutual respect needed to become the United Kingdom's marriage guidance counsellor? It must seem unlikely.

One glance at the electoral map this morning makes it clear that the United Kingdom – envisaged by King James VI as the union of two equals – is deeply divided in political terms.

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