As the chief minister, Alex Salmond, alights
from his helicopter "Saltire1"to make his victory
Shout of joy for SNP
This is a magnificent victory for the SNP: Scotland-wide, deep and embedded.
Secondly, voters preferred Mr Salmond to Labour's Iain Gray. It is futile Labour complaining that the SNP featured Mr Salmond's name as a subsidiary element on the list ballot paper.
Perhaps, perhaps. That referendum campaign has yet to be called, let alone decided.
But right now Mr Salmond is entitled - fully entitled - to bask in the delight of a simply stunning victory.