Steady as she goes on several fronts as clear-headed voters give their ticks to more of the same

The Scottish vote threatened the future of the Union Jack and Alf's favourite sofa.

The Scottish vote threatened the future of the Union Jack and Alf’s favourite sofa.

The Grumbles have been relishing the rejoicing among our mates after we Nats put the lefties and pinkos in their place at the general election.

The scribblings of the commentators have gone down well, too.

For example, Tracy Watkins at Stuff is saying:

National leader John Key today faces a simple job of stitching together a new Government after winning a thumping mandate from voters last night.

But recriminations on the other side of the political fence, in Labour, are already unfolding with former leader David Shearer maligning a “tragic” result for the party.

Key and National have been returned to office with an increased 48 per cent of the vote on the night. Labour is left licking its wounds after polling a lowly 24.7 per cent and the Greens have also came up short of their expectations, securing 10 per cent.

Although there are some special votes still to be counted, National on its current numbers could govern alone. Labour, by contrast, faces yet another bruising leadership contest before the year is out.

Basically, the vote reflects the voters’ disinclination to change direction.

More of the same, they said.

The same urge to resist change showed in the Scottish vote on independence.

Scotland has rejected independence following a historically high turnout at yesterday’s referendum. Chief counting officer Mary Pitcaithly has officially announced that the No side won by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

Clackmannanshire Council was the first local authority to announce its result at around 1.30am. Although nationalists had been predicted to perform well in the area, a surprise majority No vote was declared, setting the tone for the rest of the night.

Unionists celebrated victories in Orkney, the Scottish Borders, East Lothian, Stirling and Midlothian. In Edinburgh, they had a 22 per cent lead of 61 per cent to 39 per cent.

The nationalists won Dundee by 57 per cent and Glasgow by 55 per cent – but this was not high enough to compensate for their performance elsewhere.

Alistair Darling, the leader of the Better Together campaign, said the victory was a “momentous day not only for Scotland but for the United Kingdom as a whole”.

This was particularly good news for the Grumbles, because a Scottish vote for independence would have required a redrawing of the Union Jack and a replacement of some important items of household furniture.

The good people of Fiji opted for more of the same, too.

They have stuck with the devil they know, the fellow who kicked out their previous elected government and ran the show as a military strongman for six years.

THE Fiji First Party remains in the lead with 149,390 candidate votes (57.20 per cent of total votes) recorded from 1053 polling stations around the country.

This official final result was announced by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem at a press briefing a few minutes ago at the National Tally Centre based at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is second with 78,188 candidate votes (29.90 per cent of total votes).

The National Federation Party (NFP) is in third place with 14,427 votes (5.50 per cent); followed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 8633 candidate votes (3.30 per cent).

The Fiji Labour Party has, officially, so far 5963 votes (2.30 per cent); followed by One Fiji Party with 3510 candidate votes (1.30 per cent).

It hasn’t been a good week for Labour parties in our neck of the woods.

Oh dear, what a shame, never mind.

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