It wasn't a good week for Ian Gray last week and this week didn't start any better for him either.
Jason Allardyce, in the Sunday Times, didn't exactly do a hatchet job but was obviously struggling to find positive examples of Mr Gray's political skills.
Even his critics accept Gray has helped stabilise the party after the “train wreck” of Wendy Alexander’s leadership. But with his approval ratings in the doldrums, there is little evidence of the party’s fortunes taking off under his leadership. “Nobody views Iain as a presidential figure. He was never going to be a performer,” said one insider.
It's noticeable to all those interested in Scottish politics that Iain Gray has been completely overshadowed by the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy. That's the Jim Murphy who will lead labour's election campaign in Scotland and says the SNP is irrelevant.
The same Jim Murphy who intends to put a picture of David Cameron on his election literature. His excuse for this strange action is he's 'so sure Mr Cameron is an electoral liability for the tories'.
The tories are delighted with this idea. They claim to have private polling from Mr Murphy's East Renfrewshire seat which shows that Cameron is very popular in this Labour-Tory marginal.
What type of election candidate puts a picture of the leader of the opposition on their election leaflets? Don't all answer at once!