Friday, May 6, 2011

SNP win overall majority of nine seats

Like a lot of people, I didn't get much sleep last night, so I'll write a more coherent post later (possibly!). In the meantime, I thought I'd just wallow in the sheer arithmetical poetry of the final result...

SNP 69 (+22)
Labour 37 (-9)
Conservatives 15 (-2)
Liberal Democrats 5 (-11)
Greens 2 (-)
Independent 1 (-)

Overall SNP majority of 9 seats (possibly 10 once a Presiding Officer has been chosen). Incredibly, that's slightly bigger than the one enjoyed by the Labour-Liberal Democrat coalition in the 2003-2007 parliament.


  1. I think we are all stunned by the size of the victory.

    Your blog has helped the cause to.

  2. Run out Champers. Off to Carrefour!

  3. Plenty champers here in Brigadoon Lord Snooty, it's slipping down nicely, hic!

    Keep up the good work James, Marcia is right.

  4. Indeed James, your well thought out, constructive and amusingly written posts must surely have played their part in last night's victory.

    Thank you.

  5. Thank you James. We got all 10 seats in the north east and a list MSP, thanks to you I did not use that vote for the greens. ta!

  6. May I also say that your insight has been most helpful in keeping us all on the level. Thank you!

  7. Thanks for the kind words - of course blogging during an election campaign is almost entirely a case of preaching to the converted, but it's been lots of fun!

  8. Super stuff from you - many thanks - and to Tris and everyone else: a stunningly epic result! Onwards now and upwards!

    Enjoy the champers or whatever your poison is. I've been on the whisky.

    Kampai agus Slainte!!

  9. James.

    Indeed, your blog has been a joy to read and I often came here to keep up to date with what was going on during the campaign. Keep up the good work over the next 5 years. :)

    Btw just a wee question! I thought the SNP had an over all majority of 4 seats but you have it down as 9?

  10. Allan, the convention (at least at Westminster) is to calculate an overall majority in the following way -

    Government 69
    Combined Opposition 60

    Majority = 9

    So in effect every seat a party gains or loses makes a difference of two to the majority.

  11. James.

    Right got you now. I'm no good at simple arithmetic lol. And I see where 10 comes in if one of the other party's put forward someone for the presiding officers place.