Saturday, 8 May 2010

Hung by a Scottish rope

Indulge me in a little electoral arithmetic...

First up, the UK General Election result 2010 (minus the safe Tory seat of Thirsk & Malton, where one of the candidates passed away shortly before the election):
Well hung

Next up, the England, Wales and Northern Ireland General Election result 2010:
Hung-ky Tory

Spot the difference! Looks like a Tory majority of 10 if only those pesky Scots would bugger off and take their oil with them! If I remember correctly, Alex Salmond predicted Westminster would be "hung by a Scottish rope" (sadly not "hung by an SNP rope"!). How right he was!

Feel free to share these numbers with any Tory friends (ok, acquaintances) you might have elsewhere in the Divided Kingdom, then stand well back while the fireworks begin!

Update

Thanks to Dubbieside for pointing out the following interesting blog post at the Wall Street Journal: Union Between England and Scotland May Soon Be Toast

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7 comments:

Conan the Librarian™ said...

Your first two images loaded ok Fl, the rest are the wee boxes with the red x.

forfar-loon said...

Thanks for letting me know Conan, but they seem fine to me. Have tested it on both a PC and Mac, with various browsers...all look ok. Might be worth trying again, maybe the blogger servers were on a tea break when you tried...?

You're not missing much exciting - just the breakdown of seats by England, Wales, NI and Scotland in the first picture, showing the Tories with 47% of the seats.

Then the combined result for England, Wales and NI in the second picture, with the Tories enjoying 52% of the seats, a nice wee majority for them if only Scotland had had the good sense to go independent.

I'm a bit surprised we've not heard much about this in the media to be honest, or have I just missed it?

Dubbieside said...

Loon

This may be the first of many times you will hear about it. From the Wall Street Journal which as every one knows is required reading in Dubbyside.

http://blogs.wsj.com/iainmartin/2010/05/08/the-union-between-england-and-scotland-may-soon-be-toast/

forfar-loon said...

Thanks Dubbieside, that's an interesting take on things for sure. I've flagged it up in the main post. Must check in on his blog in future!

tris said...

I'm just getting wee red boxes too Loon....

But great post and thanks to Dubbieside for the link to the Wall Street Journal....

forfar-loon said...

Thanks tris, I've swapped the pictures to jpeg (they were png) - I would be interested to know if that gets rid of the wee red boxes...if so I'll avoid png files in future!

tris said...

Same story for me with the pics Loon, except that I can see half of pic number 3 now... LOL. It's the devil to load some stuff on this. Been there, tried to do it, failed dismally!!