Are we finally seeing some glimmers of understanding in the top reaches of London Labour for the basic principles of the devolution settlement their own government introduced? Leadership candidate Ed Miliband has declared that it's time to "lighten up", and allow the Scottish party to run its own campaigns in future and develop its own independent policy platform. Not before time - I still wince when I think of the "all together now" campaign in the Holyrood election of 1999, in which the "together" bit was code for Donald Dewar continuing to treat Blair as his overlord in exactly the same way as he had as Secretary of State for Scotland.
The only snag with Ed Miliband's approach is of course that it leaves Scottish Labour's immediate fate entirely in the hands of Iain "the Snarl" Gray. But then it would hardly be the first time an absolutely correct principle has thrown up significant problems in its practical application.