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Today’s the Day

I was hoping to find a lamp post with the four main candidates in Argyll and Bute displayed but it would seem that Labour have given it up as a lost cause. When Helensburgh was part of the Dumbarton constituency it was always Labour. Argyll and Bute has been Liberal Democrat for a long time now since Rae Michie won the seat from the Tories in the great Caledonian Consevative cull in the started in the 1980’s and completed with annihilation in 1997.

Rarely, if ever can a personality and set of policies have had such a profound and prolonged effect on voters preferences in part of the UK than that of Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative party.

In 1979 the Tories won 31% of the vote and 22 of the 72 seats in Scotland. In 1983 they still commanded 28% of the vote and 21 seats. 1987 was a disaster: down to 24% and just 19 seats. 1992 saw a modest recovery to 25% and 11 seats before armageddon arrived in 1997: 17% of the vote and every single seat lost. The recovery since then has been modest and, in fact, in terms of share of the vote, non-existent.

It does look very much as if Cameron and company are going to form the government either in a hung parliament or even as some polls suggest with an overall majority.

The SNP has been squeezed by the TV debate frenzy on which this election has centred on but the result of the next Scottish parliamentary election will be interesting indeed if the Tories do form the UK government tomorrow.

In this constituency it is a straight fight between the Lib Dems and the Tories. I actually met our MP Alan Reid in London in 2008 when he kindly showed us round the palace of Westminster. He’s a kind of bookish old fashioned type liberal and he was very courteous and informative in showing us round.

I took this photo on that day.

I know a couple of my readers won’t be voting today and that as an expression of ones views and is fair and reasonable. “Don’t vote it just encourages the bastards” is a view with which I have some sympathy. However I’m reminded of the old Winston Churchill quote that:

“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Churchill also said that  “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

And finally in Argyll and Bute if you fancy an alternative vote there’s always The Scottish Jacobite Party

Edited to include this photo. I spotted the car outside Victoria Halls in Helensburgh. It’s been parked in various locations around the area for the last two weeks.

I also found this Labour poster in Helensburgh after much searching

5 Responses

  1. I think that the gravy train MPs were on and then got caught with their fingers in the till, is the major factor in this election.
    As you know, I worked for WDC and claimed expenses for my car. Standard mileage from Dumbarton to Balloch was 5 miles each way but I could have a call in Haldane, Tulliechewan and then Levenvale. This would be around 13 miles and if I put that in there was a Spanish inquisition and time sheet was returned.
    Now comes the rant:


  2. All done Campbell. I’ve even punctuated it for you too!! 8)

    • I am not going to start abou punctuation you know what Findo and Jack are like pedantic PC brigade

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