A long night at the count for Gordon, where Malcolm Bruce was able to hold his seat in fine style: a tribute to a fine local MP. Equally Sir Robert Smith held West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in the face of a determined challenge.
However, across the country, though the people may have spoken, what they are saying has been ignored.
The Liberal Democrats won many thousand more votes than last time, but we must content ourselves with a smaller Parliamentary representation. The defence of the First Past the Post electoral system is that is is supposed to deliver more stable governments, albeit at the expense of the democratic will. Now, it is difficult to establish what should happen. The fact is that the country must now face considerable uncertainty in the face of such a distorted result. The difference between the Liberal Democrats holding 55 seats and holding more than 70 seats is a bare few hundred votes.
This makes a farce of our democracy. Without electoral reform, Britain can no longer claim that its government reflects the will of the people in anything more than an approximation. Both Mr. Cameron and Mr. Brown should now reflect on the new reality. It is clear that Labour can not hold on to power- and any attempt to do so would lead to disaster. Mr. Cameron has more votes and -barely- more seats. He has a mandate, however imperfectly, to try to form a government. In the face of the the economic crisis, David Cameron must now take on the responsibility to form a government in the national interest.
If David Cameron does want to form a stable government, he must now consider not just the policies the UK needs to tackle the economic crisis, but also the political crisis: and that must include recognition that the electoral system does not reflect how people voted: it has distorted it.