For political anoraks like myself this election campaign has been remarkable for its political theater.
How many people could have predicted a year ago that we would be viewing the British establishment in full meltdown mode?
How many people could after the referendum result predicted the massive increase in SNP membership in Scotland?
How many people would have thought that after the NO result this election campaign would see the Unionists parties incessantly raising the prospect of a second referendum, and the SNP and other Yes supporters not be pushing for one?
How many people could have anticipated the prospect of a dominant Labour party in Scotland facing the possibility of total annihilation?
In many respects it has already left political commentators struggling to analyse everything that has been going on.
Much like the Scottish parliament voting system was designed to prevent any one party getting a clear majority in Holyrood, and specifically the SNP. Yet they did so.
The Westminster voting system is designed to keep the two major political parties in power, each taking their turns in government.
Yet the last general election threw up the coalition, and this one threatens also to throw up a coalition, but also the prospect of a minority government kept in power by having to constantly reach agreement with smaller parties on a vote by vote basis.
In the past no such minority government could hope to survive as inevitably a vote of no confidence would soon see them turfed out.
The fixed term parliament act which was designed and implemented by the Conservative and Lib Dems purely in order to make sure the coalition could not be voted down has unintended consequences which neither they nor anyone else could have foreseen.. namely that it may have destroyed the old boys club for an eternity.
The emergence of multi party politics is a distinct possibility, the change to a fairer voting system is a strong possibility, but possibly most frightening of all to them is the possibility of that Act heralding the end of the Britain as a political union.
Those of the westminster political triumvirate who campaigned and celebrated and got into bed together to scrape a win in the battle of Scottish Independence, may find that they narrowly won the battle only in order by their desperation to cling to power at any cost, excluding all others, only to find by their own machinations they have lost the War.
All of these parties came into this years election campaign expecting business as usual.
One of them would either get a clear majority to govern, or if worst came to the worst, Labour or the Conservatives would cobble a deal together with the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition. Either way they would all be relatively happy, the old order would be maintained for another 5 years before repeating the election process all over again.
Much had been made by the press and the media, the BBC in particular, that UKIP might possibly make a minor entry into the old boys club…The BBC almost single handidly did more to promote Farage and his mob than anyone else. It sort of added spice to the usual political mix.
Unfortunately for the Westminster Brethern and their Media another party they had discounted as a badly wounded political animal, and which had received almost nothing but negative publicity and coverage, came to the fore, and the SNP has struck terror like they have never experienced amongst the Westmidden elite.
The reason for such a surge by the SNP whilst the Labour party has sunk to levels of unpopularity in Scotand is I suspect because the majority of YES supporters decided to give Westminster a good kicking. Labour being reviled for their getting into bed with the Tories to do Scotland down. At least half the population had decided they were fed up being taken for granted and being taken for mugs by Labour, and have decided that enough is enough!
All the old mantras are seen clean through, and no longer work. Labours insistance of vote anyone else but them means get Tory no longer holds water. Scots know that if the South of England votes Tory, we will get Tory. Worse still, we get Tory, we vote Labour, and Labour instead of standing up for Scotland, either abstain or even vote with the Tories… It has become entirely evident to many that Labour is not interested in representing the people, but rather in maintaining their own interests.
The backlash and anger at Labours deceit, which has been long building up, is now about to hit home with devastating force.
No longer can the media print one thing in Scotland and the exact opposite in England and hope to get away with their political machinations. Scots know fine well, the press has no interest in representing Scotlands needs, they are only interested in serving their own owners political interests.. So no matter what outrageous distortions of the truth that they come out with, Scots simply either shake their heads or poke merciless fun at them in social media.
As Dylan once sang… The times they are a changin… and Changing they sure are.
More than ever, Scotland and England are two different political countries, only this time, Scots will be having their say in Westminster, and the British establishment do not like that prospect one bit!
The final nail in the coffin finally came ironically enough through the BBC.
When Milliband came out with the statement that he would absolutely Not do any deal with the SNP, even if it meant him not becoming prime minister, he stumbled much more than he did physically. He effectively said that no matter if the vast majority of Scots voted SNP, their voice did not count, and Milliband would rather disenfranchise the Scots people and see a Tory government instead.
At that… He wrote Labours Scottish suicide note.
Labour has gone, and wont be forgotten, but not in a good way.
And whether the Westminster parties like it or not….. The Scots are Coming, and our voices will be heard.