Most electoral results can be spun to demonstrate that the result wasn't as bad for your party as it looks, as the great one nation Tory Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said "there are lies: damned lies and statistics" meaning some clever people can manipulate things to get them to look good no matter how bloody awful they really are. Every now and then a result happens where the above mentioned scheming manoeuvres are simply not possible, last night the Paisley South By Election was just such an occasion when Labour won easily and took the seat previously held by the SNP.
The Tory avoided humiliation along with the "Scottish Socialist Party Stop the Cuts" (nice snappy name there) and the Independent, none of whom were serious candidates. It was a Labour triumph while the SNP were humiliated by losing in a seat where their previous incumbent had sat for 30 years a sea change indeed and an example if needed of how dire their stewardship of the council has been, this was the electorate enjoying the taste of a cold dish called revenge and they gave the SNP collaborators a good kicking which they richly deserved,
Remember "the Westminster Tory/Libdem cuts are about right" (SNP council leader MacKay)
We look now at one of one of the worst humiliations in local politics which I can remember in my life time, step forward Cllr. Eileen McCartin of the Libdems and accept you prize! Not only has this utterly delusional buffoon of a woman led her party into a situation where they came in 5Th. behind the completely unknown Independent and 52 votes ahead of the SSP but she still brazenly acts as if everyone is out of step except her. She not only supported cuts in hours taught by Primary teachers and the scrapping of school busses along with closing libraries and swimming pools but she managed to insult and enrage everyone she came into contact with while doing so. It has been a learning curve for people who opposed these cuts, having seen her at meetings and asked her questions they are incredulous that anyone could vote for someone like her, such is her arrogance, rudeness and complete lack of any people skills. The Libdems are in coalition with the Tories at national level where they are taking a wrecking ball to public services and also in coalition with SNP here in Renfrewshire where they are doing the same thing. People like Mackay and McCartin see themselves as being above ordinary folk, he because of his hidebound obedience to the fairytale of Scottish independence and she because of her idiocy and conceit you have to witness her for yourselves as she sneers and insults people telling them they simply don't understand. She is running for Parliament for the 8Th. or 9TH. time apparently there is no Libdem who would be a better candidate, the word vanity does not do her justice.
Well done Labour, well done Roy Glen and all his team, Labour has now got 18 seats and the biggest share of the popular vote by far, the SNP have 16 and the Libdems a pathetic 4 yet they consider that a mandate, there is a reckoning coming for the political harlots of the SNP/LIbdems and it looks more and more likely that the people of Renfrewshire are getting ready to provide it.