A search is under way in Donald Dewar’s old fiefdom, for the seven men and women that delivered a resounding punch on the nose to the hallowed ground from which the Nu-Labour project was accidentally born.
Anniesland, the Glasgow constituency once held by Dewar himself, whose untimely death opened the door to Blair, should have been a safe Labour seat. It was a safe Labour seat. Boundary changes were predicted to increase their majority to over 5,000. Bill Butler, the Labour candidate, was a ‘safe pair of hands’, he’d been a Labour MSP since 2,000. He stood for the deputy leadership of the party, he was heavily supported by the Trade Unions, he’s married to another Labour stalwart. It would take more than a 10% swing to unseat him – what could possibly go wrong?
Yet, yet – eight solid Labour voters stayed home and watched Jeremy Kyle, confident that the national teat would still be there when they awoke. When they got up this morning they discovered that Bill Kidd, the SNP candidate ‘who didn’t stand a chance’ had unaccountably taken the constituency by a meagre seven votes.
There will be reams of blogs written today on the referendum and the yawn inducing AV voting system, many more on the other local election results, but none will hurt Labour pride as much as the loss of Anniesland right in the heart of the Glasgow political sewer.
A cracking win for the SNP – all credit to them.