The political joke of the day was not:
” The Penguin who beat LibDems in Edinburgh & the polar bear who beat Tories in Liverpool are now in coalition talks.
But they are said to be poles apart”
But rather the even more chronic joke that was the BBCs impartial political and statistical analysis of the Scottish Council Election results.
For the most part they compared the council election results to those of the last council elections in 2007, which would be the correct comparisons. This was fine until they came to rounding up the final results of who had won and who had not. Suddenly without any explanation of what they were doing, their final tables showed the comparison to the state of the councils on dissolution at the 2nd of May this year, which allowed them to come up with the following results.
BBC Report results as follows
SNP 424 councillors gain of +57
Lab 394 councillors gain of +58
with no mention of the fact that some of these Labour gains were not actually gains at all, but in fact taking seats they already had in 2007,from subsequently deselected labour candidates in Glasgow.
So Labour marginally increased their share of councillor seats over the SNP by 1 ….Yeh Right!!
SNP 424 councillors +61 (363 in 2007)
Lab 394 councillors +46 (348 in 2007)
Which means that the SNP have exactly doubled their lead over Labour in the overall total number of seats from 15 to 30.
It is anticipated that this may stretch out further once the Dunoon ward is counted next Thursday, previously it returned a mixture of Independents and SNP with no Labour in 2007.
Not content with being disingenuous with their analysis of the overall result
They made further claims that Labour had gained 5 council seats in Glasgow when in fact they had lost one, and the SNP had gained 4 from the 2007 result.
They then wheeled out Honest John Curtis to tell everyone that these overall results meant that the SNP vote had shrunk from their result in the Holyrood elections last year, and Labour could take satisfaction from being on the rise again.
Torys seized on Labours minor loss in Glasgow seats gleefully and spread the news that this result put Independence on the back foot.
It must be the first time in my life that I have seen a hold marketed as a gain!
One does have to feel ever so slightly sorry for LibDem leader Willie Rennie, the poor man looked on the verge of tears, which well he might, considering his party is the only one I have ever heard of losing out to a penguin.
The Tories tried to soften the blow for themselves with Ruth Davidson claiming imaginary gains in Moray, when they had gained none on their 2007 result, and indeed lost 28 seats overall.
Labour can feel pleased with themselves, they held onto Glasgow, where many doubted they would regain overall control.
They also became the largest party in Aberdeen, and Edinburgh, while gaining a further two councils.
I do have to question their voters sanity in these Citys however.
In Aberdeen, they had previously bankrupted the City prior to 2007.
In Edinburgh, they along with the LibDems were responsible for foisting the tram fiasco on the city.
And we all all know the state Glasgow has got into, the corruption, drug taking, mixing with criminals and lining their own pockets at the expense of the people of Glasgow.
Yet somehow, they still managed to con sufficient suckers in all of these places. Remarkable.
The overall winners were the SNP by gaining overall control over Angus, and Dundee where they had all 16 candidates elected.
Overall they gained the most total seats, and the highest percentage of the vote.
What these council elections prove if anything, is that there are now only 2 main parties in Scotland, the SNP and Labour, the rest make up the numbers.
It is however total tripe for Curtis, the BBC, the other politicians to claim that these results have any bearing on the support for Independence. How can these results prove anything of real worth in relation to any other election, Westminster or Holyrood, both run under entirely different voting systems, and with approximately 70% of the electorate not bothering to vote? In short, there can be no comparison.
The same applies to the Independence question. In conversations with Labour activists and even a former Labour MP, there are considerable number intending to vote for Independence.
There are even a small number of Tories intending to vote for Independence, and a number of LibDem activists too.
But of course, the BBC, the Unionist media, and Unionist supporters all try to claim the barely supported council elections are somehow significant. If they weren’t trying to pull the wool over our eyes, I would call them delusional.
For all the sense of the bluster and noise they make,they would be better employed making crummy jokes about penguins and polar bears.
The other winners of the day today were the Scottish Greens, who gained seats while their nearest competitors were all losing theirs, so well done to them.
Meanwhile, the best result for the SNP and all Independence supporters today is this.
It is a wake up call, take it as such.
There has been a sense of misplaced comfort and confidence from some Independence supporters since last May.
Time to shake that off, and actually start working and talking to the people, for they are the ones that need convinced. It wont be done by chattering to ourselves, or arguing with our political opponents, or even shouting at the BBC and the media as I have been doing. None of them will be physically responsible for the ballot on the day, but our next door neighbours and work mates will be.
So time to chat and keep chatting in real life with real people.
We are in a good place, but as the report card says, we must do better!
But the winner of the day? Professor Pongoo the penguin in Edinburgh Pentland who received 444 votes. The Lib Dems got just 370 while the Greens got 322.
Unfortunately he fell behind Lab/SNP/Tory but well done that man… err penguin.