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John Major wide of the mark on Europe

Published 24/04/2015

JOHN Major's interventions in politics these days are usually well-founded. However, in his criticism of the potential role of the SNP in a hung parliament, he is wide of the mark.

The last time we had a daily dose of blackmail, it was under his premiership and from the Europhobes in his own party, who ran his government ragged for five years.

Were David Cameron to find himself at the head of a Conservative government with a small majority he, too, would be at the mercy of the same faction.

It would be impossible to govern under such circumstances, with the inevitable uncertainty provoked by bitter infighting over Europe. Were he forced to turn to the DUP, presumably that would constitute the same, unacceptable nationalist interference in the government of the UK as that of which Sir John Mayor accuses the SNP.

IAN RICHARDS

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