• John Mason, SNP - 11,277
• Margaret Curran, Labour - 10,912
• Davena Rankin, Conservative - 1,639
• Ian Robertson, Lib Dem - 915
• Frances Curran, Scottish Socialist Party - 555
• Tricia McLeish, Solidarity - 512
• Dr Eileen Duke, Scottish Greens - 232
• Chris Creighton, Independent - 67
• Hamish Howitt, Freedom 4 Choice - 65
As I’ve said before, a nationalist victory in this particular battle could, if the right lessons are learnt, actually help us in our long-term aim which is to keep the integrity and unity of our nation intact.
But those lessons need to be learnt and quick:
1.Brown is a dead-man walking, at the minute our biggest liability.
A complete incompetent as a leader, Salmond and the forces of Scottish separatism cannot be defeated with him at the helm. He’s got to go, although I don’t think we’ll have to wait too long on that one to be honest.
2.Scottish Labour must take a long, hard, cold look at itself.
For the sake of all their MP and MSA wage packets and expense claims if nothing else. The days of relying on then old sectarian and class certainties have gone- the last two by-elections have proven that. Accept you are no longer the dominating force in Scottish politics- you (and we, as Unionists) now have an enemy who, with infinitely less resources, is running rings around you. Time for a bit of thinking, reflection and self-analysis.
3.The Unionist, political, business and media Establishment needs to stop pontificating from its ivory tower and join the real battle on the streets.
Your wider image at the minute stinks- a self-serving elite giving the impression that the Union is there solely for your own selfish benefit. Start getting your hands dirty in the places where the actual debate for hearts and minds is taking place; yes you might have to "encounter" Mr Joe Public- deal with it.
4.The turnout here was 42%.
When that remaining 58% wake up this morning will they be pleased that they now have an MP whose version of a “free, independent and proud” Scottish nationalism includes:
a. Criticising a Glasgow school because their World Cup 2006 display included too many red and white St George flags?
b. Trying to block a Glasgow street being named after the architect of devolution, Donald Dewar who died in 2000.?
If they are, or aren’t bothered one way or the other, then quite frankly they deserve each other and I and other Unionists won’t be wasting anymore time worrying about you sleepwalking into Salmond’s trap. If you do still want to stay British, then get off your lazy arses and start showing it; if not, then goodbye-go without our best wishes.
5."Yet our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops refuse to fight! Matter of fact, it's safe to say that they would rather switch than fight!"
“Fight the Power”- Public Enemy
The SNP are controlling the most stable minority administration in Europe- how they’ve managed that?
Simple, the Scottish Tories have shown they would rather bend over for Alex and his minority administration inflicting collateral damage on Labour than stand true to their Unionist heritage . The Conservatives are now a truly UK party with enormous financial, PR and intellectual resources- the Scottish Tories are (or at least should be) an integral part of that organisation- an unceasing, unwavering campaign should now be waged against the nationalists on all fronts- no more passengers and no more collaboration in any form with any party whose ultimate target is the destruction of our nation.
5.Finally, linked to point 4).
Online, be it in the comments-zones in newspapers like The Scotsman, in the nationwide online arenas like "Our Kingdom", in the lower blog regions, Unionism is being absolutely overrun and slaughtered by its nationalist critics. It seems sometimes that there's only about half dozen or so of us Unionists from Northern Ireland who're the only ones in the blogosphere caring enough about the continuance of the United Kingdom to devote the time needed each day to put our case across to the wider audience.
Well then, are we, in reality, on our own?
If not, then when are we going to see a bit more online help from our brothers in England, Scotland and Wales?