George Galloway for the Scottish Parliament? Bring it on. At least he’d liven things up a bit - and no catty remarks at the back, please. Nor should "Georgeous George", who announced his candidature this week, be underestimated. He was the youngest ever chair of the Scottish Labour Party and one of the most vibrant Labour politicians of his generation in Westminster, before he went off to the wilder shores of minority politics.
If Galloway is elected on the Glasgow list - and he only needs around 11,000 votes - he’s made clear he will be supporting the Labour leader Iain Gray on the big issues of the day - on public spending cuts and the constitution. And truth be told, Labour needs someone with a bit of charisma even though, as a Respect candidate, Galloway won’t be sitting on the Labour benches or taking the party whip. There is an air of complacency, of entitlement, about the Scottish Labour Party right now which isn't justified. Iain Gray is supremely confident of coasting to Bute House on the wave of opposition to the Tory-led coalition in Westminster. Ed Miliband has pencilled in victory in the Scottish parliamentary elections in May as the next milestone on his road back to power. It's all too easy.