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By comparison, here is the map after the 2003 election:



Considering that at the turn of the year the SNP were trailing Labour in the polls, the outcome of the Scottish election looks like being a quite stunning success for the party.

In places like Glasgow and Paisley which have been Labour for as long as there has been a Labour party, there were huge swings to the Nats.

I’m delighted that the positive campaigning of the SNP won over the negative ‘fearmongering’ of Labour.

The Liberal vote as expected collapsed and the Tories continue their mediocrity.

The way that the Scottish parliament voting system was set up, it makes the achievement of an overall majority a very difficult task for any party but with swings of 10% being recorded in constituencies via first past the post, pending the results on the regional lists, an overall majority looks like a possibility.

Locally Jackie Baillie managed to hold on to the Dumbarton seat for Labour and bucking the trend she actually increased her majority. She will now no doubt be one of the candidates to succeed Iain Gray.

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Shouldn’t it read “Coffee and strokes trigger sex?”

I didn’t realise it was one of the options in Starbucks.

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