I don't get it... it's OK for the Tories to shack up with the Lib Dems but not for Labour to do so with the SNP? Labour have fallen right into the daft trap set by the Tories about the SNP where they now can't do a SNP deal. Also, given the Tories' genuine lack of credibility north of the border, surely they have absolutely no remit to be criticising parties that don't represent constituent countries wihtin the UK. Even then, thinking back, there have been a few times, especially the 1992-1997 Tory government, where the Tories have relied on the NI MPs to get their votes through Parliament, that was OK though.
The thing you aren't getting is that the SNP would actually prefer a Tory government, they just can't admit it publicly. Forget the short term issue of this election and consider the long game. Another period of Tory government will strengthen the SNP's hand in their aim for Scottish independence as they know that it will lead to more resentment north of the border and the "yes" vote will grow. Anyone who thinks Sturgeon and Salmond won't want that situation is deluded. They have an ultimate single aim and if it means some short term pain to get there then they'll accept that gladly. Of course they'll make the right noises publicly about the Tories, austerity etc but Miliband has already bluntly said there would be no further Scottish referendum under Labour and that makes him the real enemy of the SNP.
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