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Holyrood elections

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Zou, May 7, 2021.

  1. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Thought I'd create this thread as a place to keep all the Scottish election stuff in one place. The counting starts today and final results expected at some time on Saturday.

    Most polls indicated a pro-indy majority again, but whether SNP outright majority or with backing from Greens (some polls had them well into double digit % and on course for maybe 10 seats) or (and I'm saying this just to cover the bases) from Alec's League of the Bloody Awful, remains to be seen.

    The Tories have generally been seen to have had a weak campaign with a surprising resurgence for Labour in the recent weeks. Lib Dems remain on course for a group small enough to hold conference in a back garden.

    Tick tock!
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  2. daft_biker

    daft_biker Action Man!

    Probably but if that back garden is in Shetland it could be significant.

    Either way I'd like to thank the SNP voters for doubling my fuel bill this week due to diversions around new housing estates that used to be fields and trees.
  3. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I feel strangely numb about it all this time. No candidate here caused or causes a stir. We have over the years been quite diverse in our choices and votes. Mainly, I think, on personality and their intentions. I can't see drastic changes on the horizon for us in Scotland. I doubt very much a referendum will be allowed until it is guaranteed the Union will prevail. Sometimes it's time to stop beating our heads against the wall. Could be time to take a different direction.
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  4. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Just heard the helicopter bringing the ballot boxes from Barra etc. After seeing a photo of the counting hall, how boring that the boxes from Lewis and Harris are all stacked up against the wall. We used to wonder who was going to be first to run into the hall with the first one! Then the long wait for the other Islands. Only then was it something to eat for us hard working counters!
  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    This appeared in one of the ballot boxes here.

    I would accept it for sure, the intention is very clear. :)

  6. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    My youngest was able to vote for the first time this year and was quite excited to do so. But then I think she experienced a massive dose of anti-climax and said "Is that it then?" Not sure if she was expecting a fanfare or what!

    Where I live is interesting, voting-wise. Helensburgh is in the Argyll & Bute Council area but for Scottish elections we are not in the Argyll & Bute constituency/Highland Region - we voted to switch councils some years back but remained in the same constituency/region as before - West Dunbartonshire/West Scotland. So we are voting for the MSP who arguably doesn't actually represent us or work for us in anything but name and have to live in an area with an MSP who actually doesn't represent us or work for us at all!
    Last edited: May 7, 2021
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  7. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Lib Dems hold Orkney. (Feigns surprise)
    SNP hold Aberdeen Donside.
  8. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    And SNP hold Kate's seat. Here's hoping someone can find her a dentist too.
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  9. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I can take my pick of the dentists! It's just mine has gone on holiday.

    Yes. Vote here (approx) SNP c.7,000
    Labour c.4,000
    Tory c,2,000

    64.36% turnout

    Gave up on the dual language very quiet broadcast!
  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    SNP hold Clydebank and Milngavie.
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  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    PS - I'm not posting every seat, just the ones which declare whilst I'm having lunch.
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  12. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Lol, Willie Rennie quoted as saying "people have sent a pretty clear message that they don't want indyref2."

    Which is why there is only one non-SNP seat so far.
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  13. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    ...and that's Orkney, who are still voting for Jo Grimond.
  14. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    My dad's favourite. 1950s, that is.
  15. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Oh my! It's choking the newscasters on the BBC.
  16. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Curtice trying desperately to paint the SNP successes as "cause for SNP concern"... :confused:
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  17. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    No clear message yet. The swings are not consistent. Safe seats were not expected to change.
    Tactical voting seems to be happening. Unionists supporting whoever has the best chance of beating the SNP. Just look at Banff and Buchan. SNP hold, but only just.
  18. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    So you agree Willie Rennie was talking shite then. Seemed more a soundbite for Friday evening news than a useful contribution after first declarations.
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  19. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I think that he was letting his optimism override reason.
    The overall result is likely to depend on the regional votes. I can imagine Ms Sturgeon having to rely on her former colleague Mr Salmond to provide separatist support.
  20. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Congrats Zou.

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