The Scottish elections coincided with the paperback publication of Jose Saramago’s wonderful new novel Seeing. In this, there is an election. Around 75% of the ballot papers are blank and incapable of being counted.
International observers have decreed that the Scottish elections are an affront to a modern democracy. Rumour is that in some seats votes were rejected if the ballot paper was folded (which given that the returning officer should only reject those where the intention of the voter is not clear) possibly gives merit to the likely petition which will be lodged by Allan Wilson to challenge the result in Cunninghame North (where the SNP majority over Labour is 48 – appreciably below the “rejected” papers). This isn’t over yet.