Just wait until I actually get my shit together
- The Place Beyond The Pines
Yes he was exactly that kind of person.American sectarianism persisting to this day always intrigued me as an idea, though even if Graham was personally anti-Catholic I doubt he'd focus on it too much as President. He doesn't really seem to be the type of person to act like that.
Did a list a while back on it - it kind of simplifies Graham down to a more generic social democrat but it could go in a multitude of directions. IOTL Johnson was terrified of RFK making a move to get on the ticket - Graham could easily be a trump card for Johnson and keep the Catholics down.I need to do a LBJ/Billy Graham ticket
Big fan of this, and surprised it hasn't got more commentary. Is the Rowling party's name meant to mean something as an acronym? If not its a delightful clunky single-issue party name.List of Prime Ministers of Scotland
2016: Alex Salmond (Scottish National Party)
2014 Referendum: 52% Yes, 48% No
2016-2018: Alex Salmond (Scottish National Party-Liberal coalition)
2016 def: Ruth Davidson (Conservative and Scottish), Kezia Dugdale (Labour), Aamer Anwar (Radical Alliance), Willie Rennie (Liberal), George Galloway (Workers' Party for Social Justice)
2018-2019: Alex Salmond (Scottish National Party minority)
2019-2020: Nicola Sturgeon (New Democratic-Radical-Liberal-Green minority coalition)
2020-2021: Ruth Davidson (Moderate-Labour-Liberal minority coalition)
2021-0000: Alex Salmond (Agrarian League-New Democratic-Green coalition)
2021 def: Nicola Sturgeon (New Democratic), Ruth Davidson (Moderate), Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater (Green), Jo Rowling (Electoral Action of Unionists in Scotland), Anas Sarwar (Labour), George Galloway (Workers' Party for Social Justice), Cat Boyd (Radical), Willie Rennie (Liberal)
The Scottish Independence referendum sent shockwaves through the British Isles, although this was subsequently muffled by two years of dreary back-and-forth in London and Brussels (as the Catalan crisis abated, the EU came round to the idea of automatic entry for the Kingdom of Scotland), and it was almost an anti-climax when Alex Salmond transformed from First Minister to Prime Minister in March 2016 like the world's least whelming butterfly.
At the start of May, the first general election of the new state was held, to much fanfare, and to the surprise of some, the SNP lost ground to the Conservatives (who presented a cuddly image and dropped overt Unionism) and the Radical Alliance, an outgrowth of the Radical Independence Campaign. The main stories of the election were piss-fights within the Radical tent between the Greens and the RIC people who seemed to take all the top slots in the regional lists, and of course the precipitous decline of the Labour Party. A brief, and seemingly ironic, meme wave brought Rennie's Liberals over the line and into the balance of power, and the unavoidable George Galloway won a single seat in Glasgow with a new party bent on trolling everyone else in Scotland's body politic.
As before, the SNP government accomplished very little except for the dissemination of nationalist rhetoric through its co-opted cultural elite and the provision of a slightly more generous state apparatus than that which held sway in Cameron's Britain. No excitement was had (except, of course, for the Tories changing their slightly unwieldy name and Kezia Dugdale being succeeded as Labour Leader by a man who immediately became subject to a criminal investigation and resigned in ignominy) until the Prime Minister's own annus horribilis, when a number of women came forward with sexual harrassment allegations against the symbol of the nation's independence. Salmond attracted much vitriol for persisting in office, not only after the allegations but also after the Liberals crossed the floor in disgust. No vote of confidence was ever held as Parliament had been prorogued, but Salmond had certainly lost the support of the majority of legislators - this was the first challenge for Governor-General Connery, and he manifestly failed to meet it.
Over Christmas, criminal charges were laid, and the disaffected wing of the SNP split off as the NDP - importantly, under a leader notable as being a woman as well as a first-rank politician. The NDP gathered the support of the friendly minor parties and the acquiescence of the opposition parties, and won a confidence vote when Parliament regathered. Thereafter, governance was much the same as before, although enlivened by bickering between the Greens and the Radical Party that was rendered much more spicy now that both had to sit around the Cabinet table. Davidson swept this awkward alliance out of office in another parliamentary coup by allying with the old enemy in Labour - which was haemorrhaging members to the Radicals, to the new unionist party, and even to Galloway's pestilential organisation. Of course, Davidson immediately had to contend with the coronavirus pandemic, and headbangers in her own party prevented Scotland from escaping a very grim year.
Exhausted by change and by the experiences of 2020, the people of Scotland returned to the last strong leader they had known - Alex Salmond, now exonerated in questionable circumstances. Even so, he could only govern with the support of Sturgeon's splitters and the Greens, who came off decidedly better than the Radicals - although every party could congratulate themselves for beating the Liberals, dubbed 'Renniecocks' for their eagerness to participate in any government which would have them.
Unionist and crypto-unionist parties won almost half of the votes in this latest election, and it remains to be seen whether a new referendum will be held in the event of a parliamentary majority for a Reunited Kingdom. As it is, though, Jo Rowling seems to be happy to co-operate with the nationalist government now that she's won a phalanx of seats for herself and her goons - especially on what might euphemistically be called social issues.