Good to see that, after a brief lull, the Glasgow North East by-election is getting a bit of attention even if we are still 3 months away from the poll date itself.
Political Betting speculates on whether the by-election will be a Glenrothes or a Glasgow East. A fine question and I would personally wager it will fall some way between the two. A fine night for the SNP but not enough to take the seat. Consequently, the 8/13 bet for Labour to win that Mike Smithson raises probably is good value.
In the Daily Record, Magnus Gardham brings us news of a couple of local skirmishes that have already kicked off.
Labour are fuming after SNP hopeful David Kerr described himself as a "local" candidate.
More precisely, he describes himself as a "strong local voice for Glasgow North East" in a letter to voters.
Fair enough really. In Glasgow East, Labour's Margaret Curran made the mistake of claiming to be from the constituency when she wasn't and it may have made the difference to her winning or losing the seat given the margin was 365 votes in the end. The SNP don't need to try too hard on this one unless Willie Bain's genuine local credentials are a particular threat.
I did enjoy the SNP's response to this story though:
"If he's elected he'll be the local voice,"
It isn't a far cry from "Oh, bugger off will you please".
Anyway, the other scrap involves funding for schools:
He (Kerr) says Glasgow's Labour-run council are cutting school funding by £7million.
That claim was first made by the SNP several weeks ago when the Scottish government published provisional figures on local authority spending.At the time the council said the figures were out of date and insisted they were actually set to increase education spending.
The SNP are aware of this but yesterday defended their cuts claim saying it was based on "the most up-to-date official figures".
Another bit of skullduggery from the SNP as far as I can see it but all's fair in love, war and by-elections and if they get a net gain from such a push then maybe it could be seen as justified.
For me however, they are a couple of pretty low blows from the Nationalists and it all adds to the inauspicious start of last month.
On current evidence, it looks like Glasgow East will go the way of Glenrothes.
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