Hi folks! No prizes for guessing what this week’s main story is: it’s Gordon Brown’s uncanny ability to lose a 13,000 vote majority down the back of a couch. Still, Labour’s loss is the SNP’s gain, and SNP supporters have not been slow to celebrate.
We start with SNP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Julie Hepburn, who discusses some of her encounters on the campaign trail, while SNP PPC in Glasgow South West Chris Stephens looks optimistically to the future.
However, the past gets a look-in as well: one of the brains behind the SNP’s operation in Glasogw East, Anne McLaughlin reflects on how younger SNP activists now have a moment of celebration to look back on, comparable to the 1967 Hamilton result, or the two SNP wins in Govan, in 1973 and 1988.
Meanwhile, Holyrood Watcher observes the SNP campaign from the outside, and reflects on Alex Salmond’s approach to the By-Election with impressed tones. And James looks at what the winning candidate John Mason’s reaction may as well have been.
And with an SNP win comes an inevitable discussion on independence. Jennie ponders what that would mean for English politics and asks if Scotland could take Yorkshire with it.
Nevertheless, the other side to the SNP victory is the Labour reverse, and Edinburgh Labour Councillor Andrew Burns is gracious in defeat, as is Kezia Dugdale. However, Jeff has noticed that Tom Harris MP has not been quite so dignified. And Richard Havers notices something familiar in Labour’s official response.
Anyway, the inquest into the defeat has begun, with Kel and John Spence suggesting that the SNP has successfully moved onto Labour’s ideological territory. Neil Craig reckons it’s down to Labour’s organisation. Andy reckons Scottish Labour needs to distance itself from the UK party. There’s faint praise for Labour over at Forgesian Thinking, where it’s argued that Labour mean well but aren’t performing well. Matt’s Mic thinks Labour took the area for granted.
David criticises Labour for running a cynical campaign. Ewan Watt suggests that the Labour campaign wasn’t quite as slick as the commentariat seem to think it was, Political Dissuasion has no time for Margaret Curran and wants her to resign as an MSP, while Bridget Fox considers the eternal question of tactical voting.
And it goes without saying that Gordon Brown is now in bloggers’ sights: Ideas of Civilisation, Scottish Tory Boy, Boxthejack and Richard Havers all agree that Brown is now trapped in serious trouble. Indeed, Shuggy suggests that the real people celebrating the result are in fact Blairites.
As well as that, people are looking at the prospects for the next General Election through the Glasgow East prism. Niall and Cabalamat see Labour as the lesser of two evils, while Bill Cameron and Alasdair reckon that Labour is heading for certain defeat.
But while Labour lost the seat, the LibDems were in the unfortunate position of losing their deposit. Stephen Glenn and Malc take a look at where the party is going, while ASWaS considers the rights and wrongs of candidate Ian Robertson.
Dave’s Part looks at what the result means for the Left, while Andrew Burns looks at what it means for ‘traditional’ politics. And there’s discussion of voter turnout: Cased thinks it’s disappointingly low, but Steve Horgan thinks it was surprisingly high.
Adopted Domain and Duncan are ambivalent, seeing one party they dislike triumph over another party they dislike. E-visible Woman isn’t all that thrilled either.
Mr H does a brilliant imitation of the MSM’s style of reporting the reaction of â€œordinary peopleâ€ to the result, and this brings us to the mainstream media portion of the Roundup: Ewan Crawford picks holes in the commentariat’s analysis of the result; Colin Campbell looks at the Herald website and notices what a striking resemblance John Mason has to either Barack Obama or Nicolas Sarkozy. Catherine it’s too impressed with how the London-based titles have reported on the By-Election, while Kenny Sheerin reports on just where the By-Election result did get noticed. Elsewhere, the campaign has even inspired a piece of music.
Green_Anorak has a sense of foreboding about the policy implications of the result, while Ideas of Civilisation looks at the overall picture, including the By-Elections in Crewe & Nantwich and Henley.
And eyes are being turned to the next By-Elections: Louise looks at the prospects of the vote to replace John Mason as Councillor for Baillieston, while Jeff is revved up for the Motherwell & Wishaw By-Election as soon as Jack McConnell packs his bags and heads for Malawi.
In other news (finally!), the independence referendum is being discussed again: Bernard Salmon reacts angrily to Sir Menzies Campbell’s suggestion that the next Scottish LibDem Leader could just ignore whatever decision Conference took on the issue, while Jeff hits out at Labour’s backsliding on Wendy Alexander’s support for an independence referendum. In fact, Ewan Aitken believes that Gordon Brown’s reaction to her policy was the main reason for defeat in Glasgow East.
Angus Nicolson reacts to the passing of Angus Graham, a one-time adversary on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Louise defends MPs’ rights to a holiday abroad.
Bishop Hill is baffled that Councils don’t think they have a duty to make sure that school pupils are taught English.
Political Dissuasion is not impressed with Trevor Phillips, and is also asking if there’s actually anything substantial behind Barack Obama.
Stephen Glenn reflects on the Conservatives’ overtures to the Ulster Unionists.
Flying Rodent looks at a possible way to find Osama bin Laden.
Finally, it’s always nice to end with a bit of navel gazing. James has turned the content of his blog into a rather charming graphic, thanks to Wordle; Ideas of Civilisation looks at just who reads blogs anyway, while Stephen Glenn is coming to terms with his apparent role as Principal Speaker of the Scottish LibDem Bloggers. Meanwhile, with the blogosphere girding its loins for Iain Dale’s Top 100 List, Jeff wonders if the English and Scottish blogospheres are in fact completely separate entities, while Flying Rodent feels that people shouldn’t judge Iain Dale just because he’s a Conservative.
And that’s very much it for this week. We’re keeping you in suspense as to next week’s Rounder-upper so for now let me just remind you that you can submit suggestions to us using the boombangabangahoopahoop on the right or by dropping a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. But from me, it’s bye-de-bye!