The SNP is to be congratulated on a highly effective election campaign.
I have to say that I just did not believe the polls – I was wrong.
I sincerely hope I was also wrong to be concerned that SNP MPs will carry out their stated intention to twist arms for a second referendum and will instead work constructively – as per the “vow” of their leader – for the benefit of all Scots and not just the approximately 50 per cent who voted for them as well as for the benefit of the UK as a whole.
The figure is significant.
As well as underlining that there is still no decisive mandate for independence it makes it clear that we can look forward to the SNP fulfilling a manifesto commitment to push for reform to the UK election system.
I am sure they will agree that there is a democratic deficit when a party which polls 50 per cent of the votes gains 95 per cent of the seats.
It is for me and at least half of Scotland a depressing outcome.
There is a little consolation and huge comfort in the knowledge that my own constituency will be represented by an MP of great integrity who will – as in the past five years – work his socks off on behalf of everyone in his community and of Scotland as a whole.
Braid Hills Avenue