Saturday, 5 May 2007

Basic maths in an anti-nuclear (divided) country

I am really hoping that this headline in The Scotsman today is a deliberate mistake, otherwise it is a poor reflection on the education system of Scotland...

With the election, it's all over, bar the shouting attempts to form a working government. And hopefully a damned good enquiry into the failure of the various election system.

Here's a picture which starkly shows which party won which constituency seat in the new Scottish Parliament. Note that this doesn't include the regional multi-MSP seats:


Pretty dramatic. The swathe of orange and yellow are Lib Dem and SNP seats respectively. The Conservatives are the blue areas close to the border with England. Sandwiched between the rural lands and border country are the urban central belt areas of Labour in red. A divided nation, along geographical grounds, indeed. From here, I'd have to travel more than halfway across Scotland before coming across a Labour or Tory constituency seat.

Who knows what will happen with forming a working government. The SNP and Lib Dems have a heck of a lot of policies in common; in fact the Lib Dems are politically closer to the SNP than Labour. Also, as can be seen from the picture, there would be strong representation from and for the rural parts of Scotland. However, there is the thorny issue of "independence" which the leaders have to deal with.

In addition, the Greens also have similar policies. In fact, hmmm, just realised - the majority of seats in Holyrood are held by anti-nuclear (power station, waste, weapons) parties. The country has elected an anti-nuclear parliament, possibly without realising it. As issues such as defence and power (as in electricity) are Westminster-based, and both the UK-ruling Labour and UK-ruling-wanabees the Tories are pro-nuclear, heck, there are some political conflicts ahead.

But, still, the important things are unaffected. Despite the biggest political shift in exactly 300 years and two days :-) the sun still rose this morning, the tide has come in, and then out, there's nothing worth watching on TV, the lambs are jumping around outside and there's coffee brewing inside.


Life goes on.


  1. D'you think the nuclear thing was a factor? Even some of us English noticed that there was not universal happiness with the prospect of more "jobs and prosperity" for Scotland.

  2. Personally think the nuclear thing was totally forgotten about, apart from in the constituency where Trident would be built.

  3. Surreptitious Evil7 May 2007 at 01:41

    Admin,I am not entirely sure what the constituents of Barrow and Furness (submarines) or Newbury (warheads) or Derby North (reactors), all solidly in England, had to do with the Scottish bit of the elections. Or, maybe, you meant "based" rather than "built"?S-E