And so to Inverclyde…

The vote is on Thursday for the first Westminster by-election since the SNP Holyrood victory.
Daid Milliband says:
“Any vote other than a Labour vote is a vote for the Tories”
Meanwhile the SNP in Inverclyde are exposing Labour:
“Ms McLaughlin exposed the Labour – Tory plan to sack council workers in a televised debate last week.
Challenged again by Ms McLaughlin on BBC Politics Show Cllr McKenzie who sought to shout his way through the interview was forced to say he wouldn’t make people redundant, Ms McLaughlin said: “Last week I exposed Labour – Tory plans, led by the Labour candidate, to make workers redundant and I am pleased today to have done my job and protected work for people in Inverclyde”
The Caledonian Mercury thinks that things can only get better:
“Last month’s election was such a monumental contest that it is proving difficult for anyone (bar perhaps the candidates themselves) to raise themselves for one more effort, particularly when the result of this by-election will have little – if any – effect on the political process.
But they are trying (oh how they are trying…). Labour issued a press release yesterday which tried to tarnish the reputation of the SNP candidate by bringing up a vote from the last session of parliament.
In the last days before a tight and key by-election, this might have some effect, but more than two weeks out from what appears to be one of the most low-key by-elections of recent years, it really meant very little.”
Political Betting thinks the Labour favourite tag is justified.
….A strangely subdued election…

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  • Of course the SNP would hardly gain from the intervention by George Adam MSP (SNP, Paisley).

    His antipathy for Port Glasgow (a strong Scottish Labour area) was evident when he said people needed “jabs” after campaigning there.

    Winning friends and influencing people …

    Note also Allan Massie (The Scotsman) getting into a froth about the SNP not being neo-fascists, and Salmond not being Mussolini. Methinks the lad doth protest too much.

    And don’t miss the Scottish Election Study, out last week from the Universities of Strathclyde and Sussex, with input from YouGov and Peter Kellner. One focus of attention is the Labour/SNP switchers: whose main motive — surprise! surprise! — is anti-Tory feeling, not necessarily “independence” (whatever that means this week in the Little World of Wee Eck).

  • Dewi

    What is strange Malcolm is that only me and thee are interested in this – I don’t mean on Slugger – many of my SNP friends don’t want to send talented people to Westminster…

  • Dewi @ 8:32 pm:

    The Scottish media don’t seem over-involved either: even the Herald Scotland satisfies itself and its readers with just a PA roundup. So unless the SNP can pull off something, it was all a big bore. Dismal turn-out predictable: therefore result largely irrelevant.

    To be quite frank, what is the point of sending “talented people” to Westminster to be Opposition backbench lobby-fodder? Both Donald Dewar and (by his own statements) Robin Cook coveted the job of First Minister/Prìomh Mhinistear above life, even ministerial rank, in the Commons. Until Labour/Pàrtaidh Làbarach can induce or manufacture personalities of that stature, the likes of Salmond will unjustifiably rule the earth. That is why, against the political grain, I’ve always had a soft spot for Ms Goldie: at least she unfailingly gives as good as she gets — even when answering back to Cameron, convinced that she does has value in its own right. In her case, fairly far right. Glad she wasn’t running things, though.

    Ditto in Wales. In many ways Labour/Llafur gained from the Ron Davies/ Alun Michael debâcles. London learned, painfully, to keep well away.

    You should be posting on the Edwina Hart affair: such muscular devolution has lessons for NI — for both unionists and nationalist politicos. In this and in other businesses the Cynulliad Cenedlaethol and its officials are beginning to strike out and make a mark for the long term. Good luck to them: way to go. In the short term, anything that embarrasses Cheryl Gillan would be generally welcomed, not least of all by her own Whips.

  • Dewi

    Enjoyed that post Malcolm – thank you.