Local elections in the United Kingdom have yielded interesting results. Wavey Davey’s beleaguered Conservatives did remarkably indifferently in England and Wales. Proving that Scotland is if nothing else a world onto itself Ruth Davidson led her party from the political wilderness into being the official opposition at Holyrood. The fragrant Wee Nippy, as I predicted last year, remains the leader of the devolved regional government but without a majority. The SNP overplayed the nationalist card. Unionist Scots are growing highly adept at tactical voting and this has helped to destroy the majority that Alex Salmond, the historical, present and eternal source of all the world’s problems, achieved.
More importantly, it exposes the reality that political views in Scotland, despite the rhetoric, is largely in line with that of England and Wales. Oddly enough, on issues of substance with terminology removed both Northern and the Republic of Ireland as well. London, of course, is a strange beast though I think that Zac Goldsmith’s terrible campaign had much to do with his political immolation. He’s a good sort and in my view one of the better MPs, but he handled his campaign poorly and threw away a perfectly good chance to become Mayor of London.
The Welsh Assembly vote amused me. The heavy concentration of seats in Cardiff and Swansea makes it difficult for any party that isn’t Labour to gain a majority, but both Labour and the Tories did not do well. Plaid Cymru seems to have syphoned-off disgusted Labour voters and UKIP did relatively well gaining its first seats. Britain’s not dead, Long Live the Queen and I still blame Alex Salmond.