Indecision Time

Hi folks! We may well have been expecting a Hung Parliament for some time, and the Scottish blogosphere went through all this three years ago, but let’s face it, we were always going to go into overdrive, weren’t we?

Anyway. Big Rab had a few observations on the big day, and on results night, FlyingRodent, Malc, Subrosa and Holyrood Patter all followed the many twists and turns.

And what a night it was! We ended up with the loss of Labour’s majority, a Hung Parliament and seats changing hands left, right and centre. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, anyway! The Scottish electoral map looked exactly as it did this time five years ago. This bizarre, change-but-no-change outcome obviously got you to your keyboards, with Anne McLaughlin, Planet Holyrood, Allan, Angus, Jeff, Jess the Dog, Lallands Peat Worrier and Stuart all lining up to offer their respective takes on the situation.

But with Labour’s share of the vote actually going up in Scotland, Dark Lochnagar and Subrosa wonder what Labour have to do to lose support for Scottish elections to Westminster.

Of course, this result only served to highlight how the election was, in a way, a tale of four nations, with the Tories beating Labour in England, Labour beating the Tories in Wales, the Conservatives remaining in fourth place in Scotland and the Tory alliance with the Ulster Unionists coming fourth in Northern Ireland. Alan Trench and Joan McAlpine look at the ramifications for relations between the constituent parts of the UK, but Jess the Dog and Alwyn ap Huw argue that regardless of whether or not the Tories have a mandate to govern Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the mandate they have to govern England should be respected.

Looking at the parties, however, Neil Craig argues that as a result of this outcome, everyone could lose.

Despite losing their majority, Scottish Labour bloggers’ tails were up following their results north of the Border. Tom Harris MP, Kezia and Richard McCready all hail local successes in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee respectively, while Yousuf ventures that while overall the night was disappointing for Labour, other parties had a far worse evening.

For the Liberal Democrats, a sombre tone emerged, with Caron dismayed at Willie Rennie not being re-elected in Dunfermline & West Fife, and Stephen reflecting on some of the main moments in his own campaign in Linlithgow & East Falkirk.

A reflective mood emerged in the SNP camp: Steven is disappointed and looks at how the party ought to react; Mark suggests that the evening, while a disappointment after a wave of overambitious pronouncements, wasn’t as grim as it’s being made out, while Osama thanks his campaign team in Glasgow Central.

Patrick Harvie MSP hails the victory of Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.

Lallands Peat Worrier, meanwhile, looks at how the BNP performed in Scotland.

But with the results in, attention has turned to the Government that might emerge from it. Stephen discusses the issues that at at stake in a potential Tory-LibDem Coalition. Duncan doesn’t think such a tie-up would be a bad thing, but Caron is less sure. From outside the LibDems, Joan McAlpine and Jeff question what principles are at work in an agreement between Messrs Clegg and Cameron.

Another alternative is the so called ‘Progressive Alliance’, which appears to consist over everyone but the Tories. Eric Joyce MP and Boxthejack seem broadly in favour, but Dave pours cold water on the idea. Dark Lochnagar takes a look at the body language of the party leaders and suggests that pretty much rules out any deal involving Messrs Clegg and Brown.

One of the key points in any deal (or blocking ny deal) is electoral reform. Neil welcomes the prospect (and notes that the Tory refusal to agree to a UKIP offer in which they would stand down if the Tories offered a referendum on EU withdrawl could well be what denied the Tories a majority). Caron and Stephen crunch the numbers in favour of electoral reform, but Shuggy is less convinced by the arguments offered in favour of PR.

And despite Labour figures offering reform to the LibDems, re-elected Labour MP Tom Harris is not impressed at the idea, arguing that First Past The Post is less rubbish than other systems. James Kelly argues that, by refusing to support the electoral reform which could make or break a deal with the LibDems, Tom Harris has effectively argued in favour of a Tory Government, while Lallands Peat Worrier reminds us just how many Labour MSPs supported a Scottish Parliament motion backing electoral reform last week.

Meanwhile, with a great deal of pressure apparently being brought to bear on the respective parties to reach a deal quickly, Andrew Burns asks what the rush is.

And whoever ends up taking office, there’s been a lot of discussion at what impact the result has on the SNP, and particularly its prospects for retaining office next year. Dark Lochnagar, James and Jeff all reflect on how things might pan out.

Finally, Anne McLaughlin reminds us of the perils of phone canvassing!

But other things did happen this week, and Joan McAlpine and Andrew Reeves express outrage at the murder of gay teenager Jack Frew.

Ali takes a look at an advice column ghost-written for Danny Dyer in Zoo Magazine, which this week proposed violence as a method of settling a domestic dispute. Ali argues that if we expect sensitivity from Zoo Magazine, we’re going to be disappointed.

Fitaloon and David Farrer report on the Homecoming Parade which took place for troops in Edinburgh yesterday.

Rob McDougall was at the finish line of last weekend’s Great Edinburgh Run.

Scotland for the Senses goes on an Armchair Tour of Scotland, while Jade explores the joys of local travel.

Finally, Dear Scotland looks at how footballers present themselves in the media, and Rob presents his SPL team of the season.

So that’s it for another week – I daresay there’ll be a lot to go through for next week’s Roundup, and if you have any posts you’d like to nominate for it, then as always, you can fill in the swingamajig on the right, or drop us a line to And yup, we’re on Twitter as well: @ScottishRoundup. Bye-de-bye!

1 comment

  1. All very well, but many englishmen will regret that Malcolm Rifkind was unelected again.

    As this results in John Major level prognostications in the #ToryBBC and we look to Scots for strict remedial action.

    Fiver in it.