I had a fairly good idea what the reaction was going to be, but I really underestimated the levels of disillusionment, cynicism and disgust that I was subjected to.
I think it might have been a combination of the economy, the likely cuts and the opinion polls, but I had my ear bent.
It would be easy to say 'the honeymoon is over' but that really doesn't reveal the scale of the disappointment that the SNP supporters and activists have over their party's performance.
One very long-serving active supporter described the SNP Government as 'just as bad as all the rest' and expected Labour to win clearly next year, both locally and nationally. They were not prepare to take any part in the next campaign.
Another prominent activist was looking glumly into his beer and wondering just what the point of his membership was. He expected the SNP to retain this seat, but in opposition, and that the past three year were utterly wasted.
Both believed that the SNP Government should have gone for a referendum, which they believe would have been lost, as it would have given the party a focus.
I'm broadly in agreement with both these views, except that if the list of likely Labour candidates that I have seen doesn't fill me with great expectations. I suspect I may have been sent an incorrect list, deliberately, as my information is that Labour have recovered from recent defeats and are building a new campaigning structure from the grass-roots up, which has the virtue of being inclusive. The rebuilding carries with it a lot of very adverse baggage from Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and if the candidate I consider to be the most likely is selected, then they are still going to have a mountain to climb.
Conversely, the candidate most likely to be successful is the very one that they must not select, if they want to avoid the islands looking like incompetent hick idiots.
The local SNP are disillusioned with Alex Salmond and our local representation, especially over the side-lining of Independence as a policy, and whilst the polls might suggest a big swing to Labour, I don't think that the local swing is anywhere near the national average. At the moment.
I think the October budget cuts might just prove to be the tipping point. And so do the despondent SNP supporters.