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Labour claimed a morale-boosting victory over the SNP by winning the by-election for the Govan ward of Glasgow City Council.
It is, as ever, hugely amusing to watch British Labour in Scotland conjuring portents of the SNP's doom from the most trivial incidents. Whether it's the procession of black cats, a particular configuration of clouds or the distribution of dregs in a tea-cup, it seems that there is nothing which cannot be interpreted as foretelling the imminent demise of the largest party in Scotland and an administration which all less arcane evidence suggests would receive a massive vote of confidence were there to be a meaningful election tomorrow. By which, of course, I mean an election where more than one in five voters actually bother to express a view.
Let Gordon Matheson and his incompetent, self-serving ilk in the British parties find what comfort they may in such imagined omens. Let them revel in their incongruous triumphalism. Let them mistake the squeak of a handful of die-hard party loyalists for the voice of the people. They will hear the roar of the nation soon enough.