Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
andrewducker

A few thoughts on the council election results

The results for the Scottish Council Elections are nearly in and I am delighted to see that there are no councils so far under the control of one party. Last time we had a few (mostly Labour), but this time around it's going to have to be coalitions all the way.

In fact, looking at the 2012 results, I'm reminded that we had pretty much every coalition possible, from Con-SNP to Lab-Con to Lab-SNP, with a sprinkling of minority administrations.

Labour's fall in Edinburgh means that a continuation of the SNP-Lab coalition isn't going to happen, so instead it's either going to have to be SNP-Con, or SNP-Lab + either Lib-Dem or Green (or SNP-Lab as a minority). I suspect that's going to take a few days-to-weeks to iron out.

In any case, I am very happy that we use STV as the voting system for the councils up here. A much better result than we'd have had under the FPTP system used in England/Wales.

(Also happy that the Lib-Dems are up 3 seats! My commiserations to Patrick for not getting in as one of my councillors for my ward.)



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