I'm not going to get into any deep and meaningful analysis until it all sinks in a bit. Clearly the Westminster Coalition has done for us - but we were not blameless in Scotland either. There are times when our parliamentary party has taken illiberal stances - the release of Megrahi being a case in point - and we didn't develop our campaign messages strongly enough soon enough.
So far, we've retained just Orkney and Shetland, both with reduced majorities, and getting between 2 and 4% of the vote elsewhere. That's a hell of a lot of lost deposits. Mike Rumbles has lost, heavily, to the SNP in West Aberdeenshire, Margaret Smith in Edinburgh Western (although she may pick up on list), Mike Pringle coming 3rd in Edinburgh Southern, all to the SNP.
Fife and the Highlands are counting this morning. I have to say that I expect we'll lose Dunfermline. The way things have gone, it looks like there will only be one seat left for us in Mid Scotland and Fife, either Iain Smith in NE Fife or Willie Rennie on the list. These are two of my favourite people in the world, so that's heartbreaking for me. I want them both to get in. I can't see Iain losing NE Fife, but we'll wait and see.
Alex Cole-Hamilton didn't win Edinburgh Central, despite running the most inspirational and energetic Liberal Democrat campaign in Scotland. He's unlikely to get in on the list either because Margaret Smith will likely be the only Lib Dem elected, if there is one at all in Lothians. I will admit to a bit of a cry when I read this gracious tweet from him.
If my defeat tonight is part payment so that no child will spend another night in a detention centre then I accept it, with all my heart.Principles run deep with him, and his dedication to children shows. I'm gutted he won't be there, this Parliament at least.
Alex Salmond said that the SNP was now the National Party of Scotland. You can see why on the strength of the results. Tonight's not been great for plurality, though. And plurality is a good thing.
If we've had it bad, Labour have had it worse. You can see a clear reason for what happened to us and they completely failed to take advantage of it.And they got completely stuffed by the SNP in areas like East Kilbride where they can't blame a collapse in our vote. I thought the Better Nation boys were havering when they said that the SNP were going to win East Lothian. A small portion of Humble Pie is being consumed, given that Gray held on by a mere 151 votes. I can't see how on earth he can stay on as leader now, but who would replace him? The only front bencher I rate from before is Jackie Baillie and she's ruled herself out of a leadership contest already. Andy Kerr and Tom McCabe didn't expect to be heading to the job centre this morning, but that's what they're doing.
There is much more to unfold this morning for us. Will we retain our Highlands seats, Lochaber, Skye and Badenoch and Caithness, Sutherland and Ross? And what will happen in the rest of the lists? Will Ross Finnie and Jim Hume return? Will Alison McInnes and Margaret Smith get in? I had a horrible thought a while ago that our much reduced group might be all male, but that fear is receding a bit. I'd forgotten that Alison had beaten Mike Rumbles to top spot on the NE list.
It's not been easy being a Liberal Democrat in this election - and the party needs to be better than it's ever been at supporting those who have worked hard for us and lost. There is a clear need and a place for a strong and distinctive Liberal Democrat voice in Scotland and we'll need to fight our way back. A lot can happen in 4 or 5 years and I think that people may well see benefits from the Liberal Democrat influence in the coalition by then.
There are dangers ahead, though. We're getting thumped for the Coalition, yet from the results so far here and in England, the Tories don't seem to be being punished as much. The Tories will be watching that one with a big smile on their face and will want to maximise our downfall. And they have shedloads of money while we barely have two brass farthings to rub together.
Labour also have to fight back, but they have the help of loads of union money.
In some ways it feels like we've gone back 30 years. We need to make sure it's a temporary blip. I think doing that will involve talking to the people who were around and helped build that breakthrough in the 80s and 90s. Ross Finnie's one of them and I can think of many more. I think the party needs to ask for and listen to their ideas, their experience. Liberalism is an inspirational philosophy and we need to show it in every public utterance we make. We did a bit of that in this campaign, and our policies were better than in 2007, but not nearly enough. And we need to be a constructive opposition to the SNP, who will surely now govern alone.
If you're looking for someone to call Nick Clegg the spawn of Satan, or call for Tavish Scott's head on a plate with a side dish of mashed turnips, you won't find it here. I want to see some changes from both of them, but what's happened is not a result of a personal failure by either of them. It's much more complicated than that.
I'm going to get a couple of hours' kip before the next load of results now. See you all later.