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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK


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It's great to see so many women elected. On the results so far (ie not Lothian), Labour have got 50% women MSPs, the SNP 43% , Liberals 19% and Conservative 15%.

Of course it's about more than just numbers - I look forward to seeing how this changes the issues priortised in the parliament.
Camilla Kidner, Scotland

What a relief it is to hear people talking about consensus without feeling ashamed, as if it is a dirty word.

First Past The Post has been lauded for delivering a strong government, but this is not an advantage if the government is not one desired by a majority of the electorate. We should grow out of the submissive idea that a government doing what it likes is the ideal.

Listening to people complaining about the need to restrict the role of government, it then sounds very strange when they reject PR with its ability to restrain governments from doing what is not widely enough supported.

From decades of experience of Westminster government, particularly in the Thatcher years, I need convincing that a lame duck government wouldn't be better.
Rob Johns, UK

It disgusts me that people who would call themselves Old Labour either never voted or even worse voted for a nationalist party.

The only party representing a true socialist alternative was Tommy Sheridan's Scottish Socialists.

Sheridan is in politics for the desire to improve the life of the working class. Tommy is a straight talking guy who says things the way they are while the rest just present the same old boring party lines and pick up large salaries, content to let civil servants and bankers run the country.

I believe the Scottish Socialists got 17% of the vote in Glasgow. I urge all Labour voters not to vote out of habit for Labour, but to vote for true socialism, a quality NHS, Improved Housing, Increased funding for education, scrapping of council tax for a local income tax. progressive taxation, banning of animal experimentation and fox hunting.

These are true Socialist values which will only be implemented by the Scottish Socialists.
R Urquhart, Scotland

The result from Falkirk West, coupled with the emergence of the Scottish Socialist Party, should leave Tony Blair under no illusion that Scotland will not be forced to accept centre/right politics.

Dennis Canavan showed by his staggering result that the people of Scotland will not accept the changing face of the Labour Party and will instead vote for new, more left wing, alternatives.
Chris Duncan, Scotland

After years of belly aching about their treatment at the hands of the Westminster government, the people of Scotland have hold of the own destiny, do with it as you will, as an Englishman I wish them luck.

I fear however, as a parliament, it has already suffered the most serious blow it could have possibly been dealt.

Based on the pathetic turnout at the polls, the Scots themselves see it as little more than a second rate regional talking shop.

What hope is there for a nation of people, when they can't even be bothered to get off their backsides and vote for a new government.

Let's face it, the idle Scots have lived off the backs of their harder working English cousins for 300 years, I don't suppose they're going to give up overnight.

Scotland the nation! Scotland the people! Don't make me laugh. But I end by saying " Don' worry guys we're still here to bale you out."
Darren, England

I think that the election of Tommy Sheridan and Dennis Canavan shows how diverse the new parliament can be. It is also a success for democracy that these people have been returned.

At present the Lothian regional results have not been announced, but there is the possibility of a Green Party candidate being returned.

The only thing to spoil the election is the relatively low turnout. Hopefully the new Parliament can be seen as pro-active thus ensuring a higher turnout at future elections.
Keith Walker, Scotland

I hope the Conservatives make a comeback and soon.

If Labour and the Liberals get together, which is now highly likely, and impose road tolls on the already over charged British motorists the electorate of Scotland will only have itself to blame.
Kris Seunarine, Scotland

This morning's result is superb - just right for the country. Labour will not now have the sort of monopoly it has had in local government for so long. The gravy train has gone, hopefully for good.

What saddens me, however, is that the real power in Scotland will not be in Holyrood. It will be in the hands of those vast multinational corporations that have managed to buy up every other government in the West.

I suspect that the growing awareness of the impotence of national governments in the face of this was one reason for the slightly low turnout yesterday.
Rob Scovell, Scotland

I do not think that Scotland should leave the Union with England and the rest of the UK because our national identity (ie Scottish) is incredibly strong throughout the UK, Europe and beyond - we do not need independence to reinforce this.

It seems to me that the main argument for independence is for independence sake - which smacks of insecurity and a very unhealthy insularity.

I also note that the turnout for the May 6th elections was around 56% - which is a plain slap in the face to the politicians and would-be politicians with their negative campaign tactics.

I mean, half the country couldn't even be bothered to vote. Both they and the new parliament should be asking themselves why.
Craig Whitelaw, Scotland

May I congratulate the Labour Party on giving our country the opportunity to have it's own elected body.

Devolving power from the centre to become more and more democratically accountable is a bye-word of this government. This comes as a beath of fresh air after the years of centralisation of power under the Conservatives.
Ged Robinson, Scotland

I hope that this new Scottish Parliament will now look at consensus politics and that all political parties will work together to provide a good working government for the Scots.
David Cormack, Scotland

The Tories have not won any first-past-the-post seats. Since they are so opposed to the additional member system, I assume David McLetchie and his colleagues will forgo any top-up seats they gain.

Or are they all hypocrites?
Neil Gall, Scotland

This election was the first real time I had the option of voting for the individual (Phil Gallie - Ayr, Tory) and for my party of choice (Labour).

The result in Ayr should have shown what a personal following Mr. Gallie has built up due to his hard work and not toe-ing a previous Conservative Government's party line.

I congratulate Mr. Gallie on being elected with the top up vote and being so close on the first past the post.
Derek Anderson, Scotland

I'm of Welsh extraction, born and bred in ngland, and have lived in Scotland for the last 10 years.

Since moving here, I have always voted SNP, on the single issue of devolution. I'm delighted that laws for Scotland will now be made by a parliament that represents people who want to live and work in Scotland.

I think it's interesting to note that the majority of the second vote in Scotland appears to have gone to parties that are perceived as being to the left of New Labour.

I hope that this will send a message to the Labour party as a whole, not just in Scotland, that they have gone too far towards the centre in their attempts to woo middle England.
Marion Horrod, Scotland





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