What Labour were (effectively) saying before Nicola Sturgeon was smeared by the Tory press : "There are two things that are MORE IMPORTANT than getting the Tories out of office. The first is our ability to blackmail the Scottish people into voting against the SNP, by making them believe that only the largest single party can form a government. The second is our need to be seen by Middle England to be refusing to work with the SNP. If it is necessary to quietly help the Tories back into power in order to avoid working with the SNP, or to maintain our ability to blackmail the Scots, that will be a price worth paying. We therefore reserve the right to abstain on a Tory Queen's Speech after the election, rather than vote against it."
What Labour were (effectively) saying after Nicola Sturgeon was smeared by the Tory press : "Boo! Hiss! Nasty Nicola! Sturgeon the Snake! There is NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT than getting the Tories out of office! Anyone who takes a different view has BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND!"
Nicola Sturgeon : "Thankyou for changing your mind, Labour, and for agreeing with me that there is NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT than getting the Tories out of office. In the light of your change of heart, will you now confirm that you will vote with the SNP to stop the Tories getting back into power, regardless of circumstances? Because if you don't, you will have BETRAYED THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND. That's right, isn't it?"
Labour : "Er..."