a win is a win, regardless. Let's try to keep the party political point scoring out of the threads. Criticise the government until the cows come home, but we'll do without the overt party bias, please.
It is in Scotland. All the indicators were of an SNP win (except this forum, which predicted the SNP loss!) and this was a big upset.
However, it should be remembered that this is the only area of the UK ever to return a Communist MP, and did so until 1950, well within the memory of many people, and a deep rooted socialist heritage should be expected.
In a reverse of the normal local elections being affected by national issues, this national election was affected much more than usual by local issues which even much of Scotland was unaware of.
The one which came up on every vox pop was care charges.
The new local SNP controlled council has greatly increased care charges, from £4 a week to £11 an hour.
It matters little that they did this to recover a £6m deficit inherited from the outgoing Labour administration, or that Labour councils in many parts of Scotland are charging much more, this is what rankled, and what the other parties made much of.
Imagine your common care package of about two hours a day, one to get dressed in the morning and to get for bed at night.
That cost has now gone up from £104 a year to over £8000!