Biff, bash, bosh. The Scottish Labour Party is engaged in its favourite pursuit: personal infighting. Better together? Speaking together would be a start. As so often at key moments in modern Scottish history, what we hear from Labour is muffled yells from within the organisation as factions fight it out on North/South lines, or on East/West, or Right/Left lines - any lines you care to mention
Better Together, the Labour-led campaign against independence should be capitalising on its best month yet. The Olympics have breathed belated life into the idea of a United Kingdom; the EC President, Jose Manuel Barroso, has torpedoed the SNP's policy on EU membership; Alex Salmond has threatened to break up the BBC; Iain Duncan-Smith is imposing controversial welfare reforms on Scotland while the SNP government seems obsessed with the wording of a referendum question that won't be put for two years and which the majority of Scots appear to think is an irrelevance. Alex Salmond has been booed in public, for heaven's sake.
Doesn't take a genius to realise that the SNP government is finally experiencing that “mid-term” unpopularity that afflicts all governments eventually. Yet, Labour seems determined to divert attention from all this by indulging in organisational civil war. Forget The Thick of It - they should make a black comedy out of the life and times of John Smith House.