Salmond 'confident' of isles vote

  • Brian Taylor
  • 3 May 07, 11:21 PM

We won't know until tomorrow - but Alex Salmond is saying he is "extremely confident" of winning the Western Isles from Labour.

Mr Salmond deployed a helicopter to fly round key marginal seats. But helicopter problems have delayed the count in the Western Isles until tomorrow.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:25 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Dave Christie wrote:

Salmond has good right to be confident, Labour is looking very very shaky over the past few months, I voted for SNP myself - being 23 and feeling that none of the other parties had anything to offer the youth of the nation.

Could Alex not whip over to Barra in his chopper and pick up the box?

  • 3.
  • At 11:28 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Alex Nicol wrote:

What impact will voter turnout have on predicted results.

Will an increase in of voters benefit any particular party...

  • 4.
  • At 11:28 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Ross MacLean wrote:

And this was the one I was staying up for too! Will need to keep an eye on your blog at work tomorrow to see the SNP's final win! Keep up the good work.

  • 5.
  • At 11:29 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Jim Millar wrote:

Nice to see Alex not boasting about the SNP winning in spite of the fact it looks like a win for them.

  • 6.
  • At 11:29 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Stuart wrote:

Excellent innovation from the BBC here! Looking forward to keeping up with your expert analysis Brian. Also looking forward to you letting us know which party spokespeople are sweating the most in the studio next to you!!

  • 7.
  • At 11:33 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Paul Mark wrote:


Ihave just seen Alex Salmond on TV tonight and he seems to be going Smug again. I think we should be afraid very afraid.

Why would he not be confident? Thatcher lost the Scottish vote due to her testing of major changes in Scotland first and Labour continued this with the smoking ban.

The Scots are not stupid and can see through these new rules being 'rolled out' in Scotland first.

It is about time we ruled our own, be it devolution or full independance, and not from the current first minister who sold his country down the clyde when slating Dewar.

  • 9.
  • At 11:40 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • john wrote:

Well Im in work doing a nightshift working for the downtrodded nhs etc etc. Bored out of my skull so will be leaving notes all night. Im hoping for a few surprises seeing some bigwigs getting beat would be lovely.

  • 10.
  • At 11:47 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Craig Wright wrote:

I mistakenly voted with just and 'X' on the second ballot paper for the council elections...even tho i did read and i did know about the 1,2,3,4 etc options.

will my vote on this ballot paper, using just a single 'X' still be counted....i only voted for one candidate by placing a single 'X' against their name.

I think there may well be many others who have done the same and i'd hate to think these votes of the people will not be counted by the new electronic machines...


  • 11.
  • At 11:48 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • James Bissett wrote:

hope for SNP in Kilwinning and North Ayrshire was disgusted with labour and todays record but the Sun's noose cover was good as I heard it was driving more people to the SNP I hope so with a good campaign.

  • 12.
  • At 11:51 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Gordon Johnson wrote:

Steve Johnston causes me to despair if the SNP get into power. Rolling out the "no smoking" ban in Scotland before doing so elsewhere? Rubbish. This was a home-grown measure, based on the will of the general population. In other words, just the kind of thing an independent Scotland would do!
Scotland was copying the successful measure in Ireland, and Wales copied Scotland. England can do what it likes.

  • 13.
  • At 11:53 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Martin wrote:

I find it strange that none of the "lesser" parties have had little, if any, mention from the BBC.

I seriously hope that the big 4 get a serious fright - not only to illustrate the strength of feeling about the similarity of the main parties out there and their willingness to do behind-doors deals - but also because many of the "lesser party" candidates are equally capable of governance.

Keep p the good work Brian, your incising comment is a breath of fresh air.

  • 14.
  • At 11:55 PM on 03 May 2007,
  • Gordon_J wrote:

The urnout seems low given it was a lovely day.

And it will be interesting to see how many spoilt papers we have, given the bizarre decision to have 3 ballot papers each with a different system.

  • 15.
  • At 12:00 AM on 04 May 2007,
  • Gordon_J wrote:

Craig Wright -- one X on a Council ballot should be treates as a valid first preference. More than one X would be a spoiled paper.

I saw 5 people when I was voting and 4 of them were uncertain how it all worked!

If Gordon Johnson is correct and Westminster had nothing to do with Scotland being first in the UK with the smoking ban, can he advise who started the campaign for it? A Labour politician per chance?

Scotland feared for the small business when it was announced, yet he and Labour claim it to be the will of the people.

It has been a great thing, in my opinion, and one that has helped many people to stop smoking; including myself.

The point was, that Westminster uses Scotland as a testbed and we are sick of it.

I am not sure how the local volunteers worked in other areas but before I was handed my papers, I was taken through the structure.

I felt it was self explanatory but my wife never, and she found the help from the volunteer helpfull enough to understand what she had to do. Even though she claimed she still had no idea as we walked through the door.

  • 18.
  • At 12:38 AM on 04 May 2007,
  • Sara wrote:

Steve - you will find that the smoking ban is actually an EU imperative - which is being implemented thoughout - Lithuania implemented it within 18 months of joining. It was certainly not a test for Westminster.....and an independent Scotland under SNP would have many many more new EU initiatives implemented before the rest of the UK.
The Smoking ban was a great move - I think I'm getting lung cancer just from watching Deirdre on Coronation Street lately, she smokes so much. (Wonder if I could sue for passive smoking??? ;-))

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