Look at the size of her weaponry: Ruth Davidson may have parked her tanks on the SNP’s lawn but she’s firing blanks and will lose those seats at the next election.

I haven’t been awake for more than an hour and already I’m sick of one line of spin – that Scottish Tory Ruth Davidson has played a blinder.

Yes, the Conservatives have picked up 12 seats in Scotland, but This Writer does not believe it has much to do with the over-inflated Ms Davidson.

It seems clear that many Scottish voters have become disillusioned with the SNP and gone back to Scottish Labour – but not enough to give either party a majority in those 12 constituencies.

Instead, the Conservatives have been able to take advantage of a stable voting base in those constituencies. As the SNP’s vote fell and Labour’s rose, neither party had as many voters as the Tories. It’s as simple as that.

These are the situations that encourage people to advocate ‘tactical’ voting – supporting a party you don’t want locally, in order to ensure that you get what you want nationally.

This Writer does not subscribe to that point of view. You should vote for the candidate, the party, and the government that you want.

At the next election – whenever that may be – expect those constituencies to shift back, either to the SNP or Labour.

Ruth Davidson’s victory is a statistical blip.

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