Theoretically, there should be an element of shock in Richard Leonard’s resignation as Scottish Labour leader, so close to a Holyrood election. But nobody seems even remotely surprised.
“The argument that Scottish Labour can or does represent a hope for the Scottish Left hinges, unwittingly or otherwise, on the belief that such hope cannot exist anywhere else.”
Sean Bell: Imagine there’s no Scottish Labour – it’s easy if you try
“From the virus itself, to the economic fallout, party infighting and the national question in Scotland, the party will struggle mightily to present a unified and popular alternative. What prospects are there for Starmerism in the 2020s?”