Stayed up all night to watch the Scottish election results and it was So Worth It. The Scottish National Party have won, with an overall majority in a Parliament with a voting system that was designed to not actually return overall majorities. No other party has managed this since the Scottish parliament was re-established in 1999.
(Scotland has four main parties, though it's certainly more two party at the moment. The big ones are the SNP and Labour on the left (SNP more so, but still social democrats rather than socialist), while the Tories are the right and Lib Dems are...wherever the dickens they currently are. There are 129 MSPs, 73 elected by FPTP from constituencies, and 56 from eight regions via additional member lists, which are meant to even party numbers out in proportion to the vote. The more FPTP MSP's a party gains, the harder it is to get MSPs via the list.)
Labour lost 20 seats in FPTP, the SNP gained 32, mostly from Labour, but also from the Tories and Lib Dems. The Lib Dem vote in Scotland has been pretty much annihilated. (The only FPTP seats they won are Orkney and Shetland - and the day they don't win there is the day those islands are inhabited only by puffins - and managed just a futher two seats on the list - they've gone from 27 to 4 MSPs, worse even than the Tories' 11.)
Most of the collapsed Lib Dem vote went to the SNP, but they were taking chunks from Labour and the Tories too. In the seats they didn't win, the incumbent's majority was slashed. Out of 73 FPTP seats, the SNP won 53. Seeing the Glasgow results come in especially, Labour's heartland, and seat after seat fall to the SNP was pretty epic. And in the Labour leader's constituency, his majority has been reduced to just 151.
Even on the list, because of the extraordinary number of votes the SNP gained there, and despite their overwhelming win in FPTP, they still only gained two seats less than Labour.
Just to put this in context Labour has been the party of Scotland for almost a century. Scots have always voted Labour in at Westminister and Holyrood, until 2007 when we gave the SNP the narrowest of victories. They became the largest party in Holyrood by a single seat
and have been running a minority government for the past four years. It's a testament to the success of that government that Scotland's not only reelected the SNP, but reelected them with this landslide result.
(Undoubtedly the Lib Dem mess helped, [without it, I imagine the SNP would still have won though not so thoroughly] but their share of the vote went to the SNP, not Labour. So I wish Labour would stop using it as an excuse. Yes, it collapsed, but why didn't you take it?)Here's the map; look at all that lovely yellow
. Sadly, I'm in that large blue splotch on the left. Alas.
Labour did manage to take a Tory constituency, and I cheered. And I am sorry to see the Lib Dems fall to the fourth party in Scotland. But seeing the SNP win, seeing the non-evil actually quite good lot win so overwhelmingly has been bloody brilliant. Well done, Scotland.
ETA: Two of the lists haven't been declared yet, so parties may pick up more dudes.