I think it’s probably safe to say that Scottish Labour are back, given that the politics of Richard Leonard, the newly elected leader, appear to more or less in tune with Corbyn’s. Had Sarwar (a centrist or Blairite depending on what nomenclature you prefer) won the election, then Scottish Labour’s fate as third largest party in Holyrood would probably have been sealed. (And with Leonard as leader, any prospect of Scottish Labour running another UK General Election campaign against the SNP instead of the Tories has probably, thankfully, died.)
Anyway. Voters in Scotland are now in the enviable position of having the option between two overtly left wing, social democratic parties in their elections. And they also have the Green Party who are arguably more to the left than either the SNP or Labour given their push for more substantive and locally rooted forms of democracy.
And what of Kezia Dugdale, the outgoing Scottish Labour leader? Yeah, well…
Better Together boss Blair McDougall tweeted: “There are many ways to contribute to the struggle for democratic socialism. Flying ten thousand miles to eat kangaroo cocks with next year’s panto headliners isn’t one of them.”
Hard to argue with the general sentiments of that one I’d have thought.