From tv and internet (and William Hill), there seem to be a lot of people talking up the SNP's chances of winning the Glasgow East by-election - though it is hard to see why. The result from Glasgow East last time shows the SNP a long, long way behind and indeed shows that their share of the vote fell last time - it was was the Lib Dems (and the Tories on a very miniscule level) who actually increased their vote, with the SNP declining slightly.
The announcement on Monday night of Labour finally selecting their by-election candidate, Margaret Curran, was covered in style by ITV's evening news. Concentrating on her intention to stay on as an MSP and do both jobs at the same time, along with the delays in picking the Labour candidate, they were working hard to generate a sense of inevitable doom for Gordon Brown - as well as a likely victory for the SNP candidate.
Yes, the SNP were in 2nd place last time. But the number of votes they were ahead of us (or even the Tories) is marginal when compared with Labour's majority. At the same election, as the SNP vote fell, the Lib Dems in Glasgow East doubled their vote share and moved from 5th to 3rd place. With a good campaign, it seems that just about anyone could win the seat - and while the smart money has got to be on a Labour hold, by-election campaigns are a Lib Dem speciality.
Anyway, we didn't have the problems Labour did in getting a strong local candidate in place - Ian Robertson is your Lib Dem choice for Glasgow East. Good luck to him and the rest of the team, the campaign will be short but they'll be working hard towards another great result.