In what is fast becoming a serial on the Glasgow North East by-election, I thought it was worth taking a beat to stop and think of the Geography of winners past and present.
Back in July 2008, John Mason surprised almost all by winning Glasgow East. John lived in Glasgow East, worked his socks off as a local councillor and knew the constituency like the back of his hand.
In Novemeber 2008, Lindsay Roy won Glenrothes in something of a shock victory for Labour. A headmaster at the time who was so popular that he had been headhunted to reverse the fortunes of a local High School, Lindsay no doubt knew the local parents, the local kids and was immersed in the Fife community.
Now turning to the Glasgow North East constituency (and neatly glossing over the fact that the SNP are one candidate short of a campaign), I have learned that the Labour candidate is a senior law lecturer. No bad thing of course, but he teaches in London South Bank University. A local man? Sounds a bit hollow personally. I wonder how that'll go down on the streets of Springburn.
Even the claims that Willie returns every weekend to his beloved home constituency sound a little bit rose-tinted, a case of over-reaching perhaps? Have Scottish Labour merely flown in a decent candidate from England's capital because noone else would do it?
Anyway, I don't know why I am getting carried away with this particular contest. As Westminster correspondent Kevin Schofield has been telling us for so long, the by-election may not even be held until November!
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