BACK home now, after listening to two excellent acceptance speeches from Johann Lamont and then Iain Gray. Iain hit exactly the right tone – mixing conviction, humility and humour in exactly the right combination.
Johann provided the funniest line, however; referring to the fact that both she and her deputy leadership rival, Bill Butler, are former English teachers, she said that whatever policy differences they held, they were “in agreement on the grammatical structure of those differences.”
The press pack were on the prowl, looking for a negative line, a down side to this very good day for Scottish Labour. I’m sure they’ll think of something.
Incidentally, it is almost ten years to the day since Donald Dewar and Cathy Jamieson were elected unopposed as leader and deputy leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament. I remember the date well – I was unable to attend the special conference in Glasgow because Carolyn and I were getting married that day. Craig, our best man, started his speech by offering my apologies for being unable to attend the wedding because of the conference.