It's a shame I had to be at work today, not just because it's a lovely day but also because the SNP kicked off their European campaign just around the corner from my flat. It wouldn't have been the worst day to spend a free Wednesday, wandering around to have a look at what was going on. I'll get a chance this evening as I'll be helping to do some leafletting or canvassing in that same general area.
It's clear the SNP will be using the success of Scotland's renewable energy to party advantage in the campaign. Alex Salmond has an excellent piece in today's Scotsman commenting on the industry in glowing terms with the Saltire Prize again pushed to the fore.
Certainly Renewable Energy has kicked off in earnest over the past couple of years and maybe that's just a coincidence with the SNP running the Scottish Government over the same period but it's fair to say wave and wind are not only powering the country on an increasing basis but they are powering the Nationalists onwards at the moment.
Some may say it's optimistic but 3 MEPs on June 4th is looking more and more attainable for the SNP and a low key campaigning period may well suit the party in the end. A general sense that the SNP are behind such positive transformations as renewable energy is better than a notable absence of understanding of what, say, Labour and the Tories are contributing to the industry.
It's just a shame it takes days for the June 4th result to come in, the election night itself could have been a fascinating one, perhaps even historic.