Saramago and the Scottish elections

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.

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3 Responses to Saramago and the Scottish elections

  1. hoiho says:

    I think Mr Wilson is saying that Labour voters are more easily confused, so the election was structurally biased against them.
    But I could be wrong about that…
    And I’m getting serioualy fed up with pointing people at section 12 of the Scotland Act, and pointing out that this is a Westminster/Whitehall, and not Holyrood/Victoria Quay, cockup.

    • I think Mr Wilson is saying that Labour voters are more easily confused, so the election was structurally biased against them.
      But I could be wrong about that…

      LOL. Seriously, I did get the impression that this was the Tomster’s argument about the Solidarity vote in Glasgow.
      And I’m getting serioualy fed up with pointing people at section 12 of the Scotland Act, and pointing out that this is a Westminster/Whitehall, and not Holyrood/Victoria Quay, cockup.
      I blame Tony Blair. After all, everything else seems to be being laid at his door pre-resignation so we might as well add this. 😉

    • Apparently there were 100 more votes from Arran arrived at the count than had been cast on the island according to some newspaper reports today, and the ballot papers were damp – which all sounds a little peculiar.

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