The big news in today’s Scotland on Sunday is that the results of the Holyrood election may not be with us until the Friday or Saturday. Reaction to this news will no doubt range from ‘couldn’t care less’ to the apoplectic.

I have to admit, I am camped quite firmly in the former category, despite being a huge fan of the thrills and spills of election night. It seems downright inhumane to expect returning officers to run two votes in the one day and then push on into the small hours to produce a result that can wait until the next day. Furthermore, waiting that extra day will mean that a more accurate result is counted; rather important given that the 2007 election was won by only 47 votes or so.

A somewhat separate issue is whether this referendum should be held on May 5th at all. On balance, I am not convinced that this is much of an issue either. It is certainly less of a concern than 2015 when the UK General Election will be held around the same time, perhaps even the same day, as the Scottish Parliament election.

Stepping even further back from the question of counting ballots and the date of referendums one may question whether this piece of legislation has had sufficient parliamentary scrutiny. It is easy to forget that it is not just an AV referendum that is being passed here but a significant redrawing of existing constituencies and reduction in the number of MPs, not a decision that should be taken lightly one would have thought.

Now, I can’t say I agree with Lord Foulkes filling the House of Lords with hot air 189 times just to filibuster a piece of legislation that he doesn’t like or fresh-faced Lord McAvoy speaking 77 times on this Bill when he spoke just four words in the House of Commons in four years (source: Lord Rennard at Lib Dem Voice). However, this Bill does seem to come with the rushed rashness that characterises so much of what the coalition is setting out to achieve so a bit of time and a bit of input from across all parties and the full length of the backbenches would not go amiss.

So, if anyone has a fundamental disagreement with the nuts and bolts of the Constituencies Bill then they probably hold a jutified grievance but if someone is moaning about Holyrood losing some of the spotlight in a few months time or having to wait what will probably be less than 24 hours for the final result, I’d have to say they are probably being a bit short-sighted.