Just for a moment, let's leave aside the details of J K Rowling's latest disgraceful attempt to smear the SNP with wild allegations based on zero evidence. Am I the only person to recall that, during the referendum, she said something along the following lines : "I will back No in the referendum, and then I will back any party that offers Devo Max at the general election"?
Anyone would think she was trying to ludicrously smear the SNP as racists to give her an excuse for breaking her solemn promise, because of course there was only one major party offering Devo Max at the election, and it sure as hell wasn't Labour. What more could the SNP have achieved in May with the backing that Rowling reneged upon? Perhaps we could have turned her own city 100% Devo Max Yellow. Such a wasted opportunity, J K.
I've been trying to avoid making the obvious point that the party Rowling actually supports issued an anti-immigration mug during the election campaign. But she certainly must have been purring with pride last night when Andy Burnham said "the party always comes first", and Liz Kendall sanctimoniously butted in with "er, the country always comes first". So narrow British nationalism trumps party tribalism in Continuity New Labour - that's reassuring. I was willing Jeremy Corbyn to sniffily add "I think you'll find humanity comes first, Liz".
Heaven only knows how I would vote if I was a Labour member/registered supporter. I would probably give my first preference to Corbyn (even though he achieves the impossible of being a Labour leadership candidate who is even more left-wing than I am), but it's the second preference that would really matter, and there I'm stumped. Maybe I would plump for Yvette Cooper on the basis that she has a marginally less irritating personality than Burnham, but it's murderously difficult to see much (any) difference between the two of them politically.
And what would be best for the SNP? In contrast to 2010, I don't think there's an ideal outcome this time. All of the three leading candidates are poor, but all of them - simply by virtue of who they are - bring something to the table that might be of assistance to Labour in these parts. The SNP will lose one of their USPs (in the Westminster arena, I mean) if Labour elect a female leader, but Burnham's northern accent may be of some appeal as well.
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There must have been something in the water since election day - I seem to have spent half my time arguing with fellow independence supporters on this blog. If it isn't tactical voting, it's irresponsible dog owners, and if it isn't irresponsible dog owners, it's the House of Lords. On the latter subject, and without any wish to start yet another argument, you might find this article from the Plaid Cymru website interesting - it's about how Lord Dafydd Wigley will take the case for Devo Max to the Grand Committee Room of the House of Lords this very afternoon. That doesn't sound to me like a man who has gone native - and of course it's the sort of thing the SNP can't do themselves for as long as they are completely unrepresented in the upper chamber.
(Thanks to Helen Ross for drawing my attention to the story.)