Congratulations to Kezia Dugdale on becoming the sixth Scottish Labour leader since the party lost office just eight years ago. I think I've counted that correctly - the six are Jack McConnell (who stayed on briefly after his defeat), Wendy Alexander, Iain "the Snarl" Gray, Johann Lamont, "Jackanory" Jim Murphy, and Kezia.
Her first year in harness is going to be intriguing, to say the least. Regardless of what you think of Jeremy Corbyn's potential appeal to Scottish voters, there is a golden rule in politics that generally holds true in most circumstances -
"The electorate does not vote for a divided party."
That means for the next nine months, Kezia's self-interest is going to diverge massively from her natural allies south of the border. She has an election to fight, they don't. They can afford the indulgence of tearing the party apart for a year or two to undermine Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, she can't. If she follows her self-interest, and that of the party she leads, she'll incongruously find herself urging loyalty to Corbyn and slapping down the 'modernising' plotters.
If she doesn't follow that self-interest, it'll be a sign that her true ambitions within Labour lie beyond Holyrood. Either that, or her first loyalties aren't with Scottish Labour, in which case people will rightly ask why she actually put herself forward as leader.
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There's a new poll today that turns conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that Corbyn is now the most popular of the Labour leadership candidates among the general public. He's even practically drawn level with Andy Burnham on the question of who would make the best Prime Minister.
If it's true, as the Guardian are reporting, that Corbyn's opponents have cast doubt on the findings by suggesting that opponents of Labour may have deliberately lied to skew the results, then they really are losing the plot. It's one thing to think that supporters of other parties may be trying to infiltrate the election itself, but to imagine that random respondents to a Survation poll are plotting Labour's downfall is utterly paranoid.
Much more likely, the explanation for the unexpected result is that respondents weren't interviewed "cold". They were shown clips of the four candidates, and they probably just found Corbyn the most impressive - simple as that.