Spare a thought today for the media. It was stretching credulity for them to wheel out Adam "IT'S THE LAW!!!!" Tomkins as an 'impartial expert' when he was working for the Tory party. It was even harder for them to do it when he became a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland. But can they still pull it off now that he's planning to stand as a Tory candidate in next year's Scottish Parliament election? Rest assured that they'll give it a go.
Tomkins' announcement of his intentions comes in possibly his funniest blogpost to date. He tells the story of how he became a Tory, and it basically consists of : "I offered my services to all the unionist parties, and it was the Tories who wanted me unconditionally, so clearly their instincts are correct."
I do also enjoy Tomkins' running commentary on whether election outcomes are "deserved" or not. You might remember a few months ago we learned from him that the No campaign didn't just win the referendum, they did so "deservedly". Today it turns out that although the SNP may be heading for victory in the North British Legislative Council election, they "do not deserve to be". It's reassuring to learn that the electorate can be wrong as well as right - it would be downright weird if they were as infallible as Tomkins.
My favourite bit of all, though, is when he prays in aid the UK Supreme Court's view that the Scottish Parliament's powers are "ample" and "generous". Who better to assess whether the whingeing Jocks have been given enough...sorry, whether the Scottish people's aspirations have been adequately met, than judges sitting in London? It would be interesting to know what their justification was for issuing commentary on what is self-evidently a matter of political judgement, rather than of legal interpretation.
Lastly, I'm bemused by Tomkins' observation that if the SNP win next year, their spell in power will be extended to fourteen years, longer than Mrs Thatcher was in office. So what? Mrs Thatcher was an individual, not a party. After she left office, her party - Tomkins' party - continued in power for a further six-and-a-half years, bringing it to a grand total of eighteen. Let's compare like with like, shall we, Adam? IT'S THE LAW!!!!