Friday, 25 July 2008

It's A Beautiful Morning...

...in Glasgow East :)
The Nationalists overturned a Labour majority of 13,507 to win by only 365 votes with a swing of 22.54%.
So much for all the pundits who declared Labour would win, because the voters would never desert them. Even Labour were incredulous at first:
The result was declared at Glasgow's Tollcross Leisure Centre in the early hours of Friday, after a re-count was requested by Labour, which won 10,912 votes in the contest.
Oh, dear...
Scottish First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond said of the result: "I don't think we will see an immediate exit for Gordon Brown from Downing Street. I think it is more likely he will change policy rather than change himself."
We'll see, won't we...?

4 comments:

Stan said...

It's a protest vote, but an interesting conundrum for Labour. Do they resort to their usual plan of throwing money at the complainers or not? If they do, will the SNP get the credit?

Personally I don't honestly think Glasgow East result amounts to a hill of beans and is certainly not the cataclysm a lot of political commentators think it is.

JuliaM said...

"Do they resort to their usual plan of throwing money at the complainers or not?"

They can't really do anything else, can they...?

"...certainly not the cataclysm a lot of political commentators think it is."

Maybe not, but it's interesting to see how the various media outlets and organisations deal with it.

JuliaM said...

"Do they resort to their usual plan of throwing money at the complainers or not?"

They can't really do anything else, can they...?

"...certainly not the cataclysm a lot of political commentators think it is."

Maybe not, but it's interesting to see how the various media outlets and organisations deal with it.

John M Ward said...

Part of it was a protest vote, which one might reasonably expect to return to Labour at a General Election. However, a lot of it wasn't; and I strongly suspect that the Scots see the nation going down the drain and they now -- more than ever -- want to cut out, away from this.

To be honest: if they have that opportunity (which we in England do not) then it is hard to blame them for wishing to detach from Brown's Westminster-based control.