So we got our “independent” MSP after all! Shetland did what Shetland does and voted Liberal with barely a nod in recognition of the party’s morph into Lib/Dem and now Lib/Dem/Con, thus enabling Teflon Tavish to emerge smiling, despite the meltdown of the party he leads.
Under the circumstances, his achievement must be acknowledged. Well done Tavish. However, leading a party of two (at the time of writing) should not prove too demanding and with career prospects on hold, I have no doubt that, honourable man that he is, Tavish will throw himself wholeheartedly into looking after his constituency – although how much “influence” a Lib/Dem has now, is debateable.
In the cold light of the morning after, how the scoffing taunts of toothless “independents with no influence” will return to haunt main party candidates and our near “independent” Lib/Dem MSP in particular.
Respect for the SNP candidate grew throughout the campaign and her gracious manner in defeat will surely win her even more friends. It does not pass un-noticed how difficult it is to be magnanimous in victory.
The significance of the impressive Billy Fox vote seems to have caused some confusion among the other candidates as they variously claim that he was a one-issue windfarm candidate while at the same time claiming that his share of the vote does not indicate a loud anti-Viking Energy voice. Jamie Kerr managed both views in one interview.
For Billy, it is a win/win situation as the one candidate who can be really satisfied with his performance.