According to Eddie Barnes, the Political Editor of the Scotland on Sunday, Labour canvassers on the streets in Glasgow North East are "gleeful" - not to the extent of "high-fiving" but still gleeful. Why are they gleeful? Well, it seems that they have a theory that whilst Kenny MacAskill's decision to release Megrahi "will go down well in Glasgow's West End and Edinburgh's Morningside it won't get such a tolerant response in Shettleston and Wester Hailes". Sounds a tad like Mrs Thatcher's "Rejoice, Rejoice!".
With that in mind the bold Eddie pictures the scene at the door of a typical house in Glasgow N.E., when the SNP candidate introduces himself. ( Note the attempt at a Glasgow accent.)
The response - "Whit? SNP? You tell that ****in Kenny MacAskill and that ****in Alex Salmond I'd vote fae ma dug before I'd vote fae you ***tards. Letting out criminals! Have you lost your mind?".
If this article has any credence:
Labour canvassers, presumably under guidance and advice from party leaders, have a very low opinion of those they are canvassing in Glasgow North East if they are under the impression that compassion is the province of the better-off and those who are less well-off are lacking in compassion.
Co-incidentally, the Scottish Labour leader, Iain Gray states that if he were First Minister, Megrahi would not have been released.
The canvassers will be able to say to the voters of Glasgow North East "Vote for us, Iain Gray lacks compassion in the same way you do".
Iain Gray lives in a less well-off area?
Most of the rest of the Labour MSP must live in a less well-off area?
The SNP will gain seats in the West End and Morningside?
Unfortunately for the SNP, after years of Labour Governments, there are infinitely more less well-off areas than there are better-off areas.
Eddie Barnes think that being foul-mouthed and abusive is typical of house-holders in Glasgow North East?
For all these reasons, the bye-election results in Glasgow North East is a foregone conclusion.