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Scottish election results:

SNP - 21 constituency seats, 26 list seats = 47 seats.
LAB - 37 constituency seats, 9 list seats = 46 seats.
CON - 4 constituency seats, 13 list seats = 17 seats.
LD - 11 constituency seats, 5 list seats = 16 seats.
Others - 0 constituency seats, 3 list seats = 3 seats.

So the SNP have most seats! But would need a coalition with the Lib Dems and the Greens to have a hope of actually getting an independence referendum through Parliament. I don't think they've done quite as well as expected, but with the voting system we have it's hard to get a clear picture from polls. I don't know if we'll see a complicated three-way coalition; I think it's more likely that we'll get an SNP minority government and deals will be made between the parties on an issue-by-issue basis.

andrewducker has an interesting table showing percentages for regional vs list votes, and how the system still favours the big four parties - though FPTP would just favour Labour, so it's an improvement on that.

The main thing I've noticed is that there are far, far fewer "Others" - only two Greens and one independent, as opposed to the 15 or so we elected in 2003. Not sure why that is, but I suspect it's to do with the way the election's been talked up as Labour V SNP. No socialists got in at all - neither the SSP or Solidarity won list seats.

And yeah, the election was a complete shambles, basically. There's going to be an Electoral Commission inquiry looking into at least three different things - the postal votes that didn't turn up, the vast number of spoiled ballots (about 100,000), and the collapse of the voting machines or their software. If Alex Salmond is First Minister he's going to hold an independent judicial inquiry, too. I turned the computer off about 3 this morning but left the telly on, and ended up watching it in bed till about 6, because the studio people were just going off their nuts about what a disgrace it was. Mind you, they didn't have much else to talk about since so few results were coming in, and because of the list system it's really hard to extrapolate likely outcomes from small numbers of seats. At one point about 5am they had some woman from the company who makes the voting machines on, who was valiantly trying to play down the disaster they've been, and Glenn Campbell suddenly turned into Jeremy Paxman and ripped her to shreds.

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endless_psych
May. 4th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Glenn Campbell suddenly turned into Jeremy Paxman and ripped her to shreds.

Election highlight right there.
gwinniegirl
May. 5th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
Speaking of Mr. Paxman, I haven't been able to stand him since I heard him refer to "the food that we masticate". What the hell's wrong with "chew" or "eat"? As with someone else I criticised this week, I would dearly love to refer him to George Orwell.

Election was a complete state. I'm not massively happy about being under an SNP government, so I'm glad it's not a majority.
tanngrisnir
May. 7th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
The setup of the FPTP + AV voting system hugely favours Labour. ISTR eight years ago it being pointed out that if Labour and the SNP got precisely the same vote in the country, Labour would get something like 5% more seats. As far as I can recall, that is because Labour still has something resembling its own "areas", parts of the country where its voters are concentrated (parts of Glasgow, for instance); most of the other parties don't to anything like the same extent, and if your support is more evenly spread through the country the FPTP system penalises you and favours the party with clumps of voters in particular areas.

The sooner we get STV for parliamentary elections the better.
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