CONS TAKE HUTTON (AND HINTERLAND)
Destroy a medium sized rain forest, knock on 20,000 doors (ring a bell at the Old Manse)and what do you get?
A surprise victory for the nice Mr Lamont overturning a largish LibDem majority and seizing the Eastern/central Borders (Roxburghshire and Berwickshire) for the Tories. So when Huttonian said he was going to vote for the winner he was wrong. I fear that the LibDems were much too laid back and took the constituency as their natural fiefdom for granted.
Still no details of the Local Council voting as far as individual candidates are concerned but given that the SNP have (surprisingly in the Borders) made gains I fear the worst. So we may get Mrs O here even if Holyrood will miss her. And I also suspect that given the success of the Tories in the Borders that Big Jim will be back to continue to baffle us with his wit and wisdom.
My street cred took some some thing of a battering last night. To honour my promise to a Tory worker (no oxymoron intended) I snuck down Kirk Lane 9 pm last night to rescue their sandwich board from outside the Village Hall and to hide it in an outhouse to protect it from nocturnal placard nickers. I was spotted carrying this Tory Puff by three late local electors. One asked, kindly, if I was tidying up. By implication on behalf of the SC &UP I spent some time explaining that my act of kindness was nothing to do with my political sympathies but I am sure I was not believed.
At least, if I wasn't,they will now believe I was on to a winner