Politicalbetting.com has a story today suggesting that winning a majority of English seats may be a more realistic target for the Tories than an overall Commons majority.
Would Howard’s party have anything to lose now playing the English card? Issues like the higher than average per capita public spending in Scotland and why MPs from Scotland are allowed to vote on England-only matters but not the other way round might resonate well.
A few months before the 2001 election I sat next to one of Hague’s top aides, now a leading Tory front-bencher, at a dinner and he told me that they were considering this strategy then. Could this be a possibility now?