Friggin monkey paw!Warning, this wikibox is gross.
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(This is what happens to Scotland in Time for Real Change. Sturgeon announces her resignation after leading the SNP to another loss of seats and nearly loses the popular vote. Cherry, then an MP successfully runs to succeed her and becomes First Minister five days later. In the interim period, Cherry's appointed deputy, Joan McAlpine, is the leader of the SNP in the senate. Sturgeon then resigns from the Scottish Parliament five days after that, and Cherry runs in the race to succeed her. The election is delayed due to the coronavirus, and is coincidentally held on the 1st anniversary of Corbyn's landslide. Eventually Cherry wins by an absolutely tiny margin, comparatively, and then Cherry resigns from the House of Commons, triggering the 2021 Edinburgh South West by-election. Richard Leonard is leading the polls, and Labour are expected to take the seat, the first time a governing party has gained a seat since the Conservatives in 2017. Cherry's leadership sees transphobia become even more rampant in the SNP than it already is, and Cherry signs off on a lot of transphobia herself while in the First Minister's office, as she did outside it. This has caused several high profile defections to the Scottish Greens, most notably MP Mhairi Black.)
Nice choice for a PoD but one small thing to note is that Margo MacDonald would provide an Indy majority here presuming she holds her seat as per OTL, which the wikibox would seem to indicate.The election saw significant gains for the governing Scottish National Party (SNP), led by First Minister Alex Salmond, who won 62 seats in total, falling just three short of an overall majority. When combined with the two seats won by the Scottish Green Party, the parties in favour of Scottish Independence from the United Kingdom won a total of 64 seats. Whilst this represented the highest total since the Scottish Parliament’s creation in 1999, it was also one seat short of achieving the separatist majority that the SNP claimed would give a mandate for an independence referendum.
Sorry if you've mentioned it elsewhere but is there a specific PoD for time for real change or is it just a thought experiment on what a 2019 Corbyn victory would look like?Silver lining, Cherry is poised to be probably the shortest serving First Minister in history.
There isn't really, it is mainly a thought experiment but the idea is that literally everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and Corbyn doesn't shit the bed during Salisbury.Sorry if you've mentioned it elsewhere but is there a specific PoD for time for real change or is it just a thought experiment on what a 2019 Corbyn victory would look like?
Ah yes, should have remembered to account for that. If I were doing it again, I'd allocate one more seat to SLab or one of the other unionist parties.Nice choice for a PoD but one small thing to note is that Margo MacDonald would provide an Indy majority here presuming she holds her seat as per OTL, which the wikibox would seem to indicate.
I'd love to see more of this. A Miliband minority /prog govt would be really interestingHell Yes, We Can Pt.2
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The 2015 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday, 7 May 2015 to elect 650 members to the House of Commons. It was the first general election to be held at the end of a fixed-term Parliament. Local elections took place in most areas on the same day.
It saw the Conservative Party once again emerge as the largest party in a hung parliament, led by incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron. This was in spite of polls and commentators previously predicting that the outcome would see the opposition Labour Party win the most seats, possibly with an overall majority. Having governed in coalition with the Liberal Democrats for the past five years, the Conservatives won 299 seats and 34.1% of the vote share, slightly below the totals they achieved at the previous election in 2010. The Liberal Democrats, led by outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, had their worst result since their formation in 1988, holding just 18 out of their previous 57 MPs, with Cabinet ministers Danny Alexander and David Laws losing their seats.
The Scottish National Party enjoyed their best ever result at a Westminster election, taking 29.0% of the vote in Scotland, and doubling their seat total from 6 to 12 to become the fourth largest party in the House of Commons. UKIP came third in terms of votes with 14.0%, but won only three seats; Clacton, Thurrock, and South Thanet, where party leader Nigel Farage was elected to parliament for the first time. The Green Party won its highest-ever share of the vote with 3.4%, and retained its only seat.
The arithmetic of the new parliament complicated the process of government formation considerably, as neither the Conservatives or Labour were able to command a majority in the Commons without the support of more than one smaller party. Talks on a renewed coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats fell apart within three days, with Clegg citing the Conservative insistence on holding a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union as a key reason for the breakdown, as well as the potential inclusion of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland in order to achieve an overall majority.
Following this development, talks began on a ‘rainbow coalition’ arrangement between Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the ‘progressive alliance’ of the SNP, Plaid Cymru, and the single Green MP, Caroline Lucas. On the 19th May, it was announced that these parties had reached an agreement to support a Labour minority government. Subsequently, Cameron’s resignation was accepted by Queen Elizabeth II, who then invited Ed Miliband to become Prime Minister. Miliband became the third Labour Prime Minister in eighteen years, and the first of Jewish descent since Benjamin Disraeli.
After the ascension of the new government, Clegg announced he would be stepping down as Liberal Democrat leader. Despite initial attempts to remain in post, Cameron ultimately resigned as leader of the Conservative Party after narrowly winning a vote of confidence on June 1st. In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Unionist Party returned to the Commons with two MPs after a five-year absence, while the Alliance Party lost its only seat despite an increase in total vote share.
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The 2015 United Kingdom general election in Scotland was held on 7 May 2015 and all 59 seats were contested under the first-past-the-post electoral system. It saw Labour maintain their dominance of Scotland at Westminster elections, winning 39.1% of the vote. Although this was a lower figure than at the previous election in 2010, they were still able to win one extra seat, with gains of Edinburgh West and East Dunbartonshire from the Liberal Democrats compensating for the loss of Ochil and South Perthshire to the Scottish National Party (SNP).
The Liberal Democrats, who had been the second largest party in Scotland at every election since 1997, saw a significant reversal in fortunes, falling to fourth place, with their vote share more than halved, and losing 9 out of their 11 MPs, including Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. The Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael, and the former party leader, Charles Kennedy, were notable as the only remaining Liberal Democrat MPs from Scotland in the new parliament.
The SNP, who had governed Scotland at devolved level since 2007, saw a significant increase in their total vote share to 29%, but were only able to win a total of 12 seats, with these gains primarily coming at the expense of the Liberal Democrats in the west of Scotland and the Highlands. Nevertheless, this still represented a doubling of their previous tally of 6, and the party’s best ever result at a Westminster election. The Conservatives were also able to benefit from the Liberal Democrat collapse to increase their number of Scottish MPs from 1 to 3, gaining both West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, as well as Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk.
No idea what this is a reference to.“Justice remains a controversial program the world over. The exemptions carved out in French law for the show do not exist elsewhere. Many a pan-European broadcasting agreement was scuttled by the stubborn French refusal to drop the program from TF1. It is the only show not from a dictatorship or terrorist group banned in the United States as ‘dangerous propaganda’. Even in France some activists have called for the program’s cancellation, although there is an internal divide over what about the show makes it objectionable. However Justice remains one of the most watched shows in France, drawing millions on the first Thursday of each month.”
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Ok, so I was going for “leaving the terrible thing unsaid to make it worse” but I seem to have been a bit too obtuse.No idea what this is a reference to.