NOW I’ve had the opportunity to consider last night’s result, here are a couple of points you may have missed:
Labour’s vote in Glenrothes was UP by three per cent over the general election result in 2005;
Both the Tories and the LibDems lost their deposits;
In other news, Labour won a council by-election seat in the Glasgow East constituency – in exactly the same ward where, in another council by-election just six weeks ago, the SNP won.
Lindsay Roy (left) will take his seat in the Commons on Monday 10 November – the 20th anniversary of polling in the infamous Govan by-election (not really relevant, but I’m a political anorak when it comes to that sort of thing).
And although it will infuriate some commenters on this blog, the following issues were not raised on the doorstep (and obviously didn’t have any negative effect on the result):
The smoking ban;
The absence of a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty;
The “erosion” of our civil liberties;
I don’t know if this is a “Garscadden moment”, but it certainly feels close to it. At the very least, I hope it signals an end to Alex Salmond’s extended political honeymoon.
Even if it doesn’t, yesterday was a very, very good day for Labour and for Scotland.