It’s tempting to ignore the Scottish Labour leadership election. Here will be two career politicians with milquetoast opinions fighting for the soul of a party that long ceased to matter in Scotland’s real power stakes.

Source Direct: On the Slab


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.

Source Direct: Slabbed Through the Heart


There is a rumbling debate about the timing of a proposed Scottish independence referendum, highlighted by remarks from Labour’s Keir Starmer and the SNP’s John Swinney.

Source Direct: One More Time


“The disappearance of the gradualists is also their final triumph. Aided by a frenzied media and political opposition, they have come to symbolise independence without the need to manifest any concrete support for the cause, or demonstrate any viable strategy.”

David Jamieson: The twilight and triumph of the SNP gradualists



Here we go again. One by one, Scottish Labour MSPs are calling for their leader, Richard Leonard, to resign. The figure is currently at four, but according to the BBC’s Glenn Campbell there’s more waiting in the wings. Leonard has responded by saying these MSPs were always opposed to his leadership and are waging an […]

SLabification is the disease which no leader has a cure for


What would you do if you were Prime Minister for a day? It’s not a bad question to get a sense of someone’s character and creativity. Douglas Ross, hotly tipped to be the next Scottish Tory leader after Jackson’s Carlaw’s shock departure yesterday, was once asked this in an interview, and, quick as flash, without […]

The calibre of political opposition in Scotland is woeful




“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?”

The mounting problems facing Starmer’s new Labour era