A potent political cocktail

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The past 12 months have, by any yardstick, been tumultuous on the political front, with the independence referendum taking centre stage.

However, as we enter 2015, it could well be a case of – in the words of the Bachman-Turner Overdrive hit – “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”.

May’s UK general election is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing for generations, with its reverberations, following on from those created by September’s referendum, standing a good chance of changing the political landscape forever.

The SNP, far from licking its wounds after the No camp’s victory, has seen it’s membership more than treble, with pundits predicting that the party will hit Labour hard.

And for those who thought they had seen the last of Alex Salmond as a political force, his recent announcement that he was aiming to be an MP again must have sent shudders down the spines of some of Westminster’s establishment figures. For them, Salmond and his SNP Commons colleagues playing the role of kingmakers is the stuff of nightmares.

Couple that with UKIP’s success south of the border, and you have a potent political cocktail indeed.

Locally, Tories are bullish about their man, John Lamont, overturning incumbent Michael Moore’s 5,675-vote majority. The MSP has form when it comes to taking on Liberal Democrats – he turfed out Euan Robson in 2007 to enter Holyrood.