Kezia Dugdale emerged from another long hibernation today to announce that she will continue to argue for Scotland's place in both the EU and the UK. As most toddlers and some intelligent hamsters are aware, it's not actually possible to have both of those things, because two weeks ago today the UK voted to leave the EU. So it will actually be necessary to make a choice. If you're hopelessly confused about which way Scottish Labour will jump, this Twitter exchange I've just had with the party's one-man online presence Duncan Hothersall may help the mists to clear...or perhaps not.
Duncan Hothersall : @kezdugdale commits to continue to make the case that Scotland is better off as part of the UK.
Scott Russell : so, she'd rather [be] in the UK but out [of the] EU, may as well just vote for Ruth then.
Duncan Hothersall : Suggesting @kezdugdale wants Scotland out of the EU is flatly dishonest. Why would you lie like that?
Me : If she still wants Scotland to stay in the UK, she's arguing for Scotland to leave the EU. That's a fact, Duncan.
Duncan Hothersall : No, that isn't a fact, James. It is in fact a lie. I want Scotland to be in both, just as Kez does.
Me : I want to fly to Jupiter in a golden teapot, but I can't have what I want either. New Labour, Tough Choices : UK or EU?
Duncan Hothersall : So now you're *asking* the question to which you just claimed (falsely) we had provided an answer.
Me : What's YOUR answer, Duncan?
Duncan Hothersall : My answer is that that is not yet the question. The UK remains part of the EU for now.
Me : When it leaves the EU, which it has already decided to do, what will be your answer then?
Duncan Hothersall : We should do what is in the best interests of the most people. That has been my view since 2012 and remains my view.
Me : Will it be in the best interests of most people to remain in the EU, or to remain in the UK?
Duncan Hothersall : That is a judgement which will need to be based on evidence. Not all the necessary evidence is available.
Me : What types of evidence are you awaiting?
Duncan Hothersall : The ultimate deal the UK gets with the EU is pretty much fundamental to this judgement I'd have said!
Me : What will be your red line, Duncan? Anything short of EEA membership, and you'll be a confirmed Yesser?
Duncan Hothersall : We should do what's in the best interests of the most people. We're not in a position to judge what that is today. How can you?
Me : Are you saying you don't have any red lines? Something short of EEA membership might be OK?
Duncan Hothersall : (no reply)