Friday, 31 October 2014
Scottish Labour Leadership - The Candidates So Far
It appears most of the contenders I listed for the leadership of the Scottish branch of the Labour Party have decided not to touch the poisoned chalice. However a couple of ‘brave’ souls have stepped out of the melee and announced their candidacy.
The first is Neil Findlay. When I heard the name I thought “Who?” Of course google, being a best friend, came to the rescue with an image of the said Neil Finday. I didn’t recognise him but it’s stated he is the current health spokesman in the Scottish Parliament.
Next to express their desire for promotion was Sarah Boyack. I did recognise her - she’s been around quite some time but has been more or less silent since she left the first Labour coalition cabinet.
The past few days the media has been buzzing with the news that ‘the big gun’ Jim Murphy has put forward his candidacy. Fear and scorn are a few of the emotions drifting around social networks. Andrew has a legal slant on Mr Murphy’s expectations. Whilst reading the comments I happened across this link. Tommy Ball is a member of the SSP but he’s done his homework and his assessment of Mr Murphy won’t be pleasant breakfast reading for the Eastwood MP.
However, a week is a long time in politics. Next week is sure to bring more interesting facts and opinions from and of the candidates. I was tempted to say “I cannae wait,” but that would be a downright lie. I can wait. It’s somewhat satisfying to watch the slow destruction of Scottish Labour. I doubt if any will be honourable enough to fall on their swords gracefully though.