Labour’s Leader Lamont
It’s unfair I know but the idea that there’s more likelihood of Hearts players getting paid on time than Johann Lamont breathing life energy and the feelgood factor into Scottish Labour seems to be doing the rounds.
Don’t belive us (nasty nat separatists and all) ask self-styled ‘Labour Man’ George Galloway who unleashed an astonishing attack in this weeks Daily Record likening Johann Lamont to Rosa Klebb:
“The previously hot favourite Ken Macintosh will be shifting in his seat uneasily in the run-up to Saturday’s result. The stakes could hardly be higher. The next Labour leader will almost certainly be the one on whose shoulders will fall the responsibility of saving the country from the grave consequences of partition.
If it’s Lamont, you can kiss the 300-year unity in this small island goodbye. Lamont might, and it’s only a might, be more left-wing than Macintosh but she is totally unelectable as the first minister of Scotland, and I say this as someone who has known her since she was a teenager.
Rosa Klebb was the East German apparatchik with the spike that shot out the front of her sensible shoes in James Bond movies. Grim, fanatical, unsmiling and machine-like.
But Klebb was The X Factor’s likeable Amelia Lily compared to Johann Lamont.
If there is a less appealing political figure in world politics, I’ve yet to meet them.
If there’s someone less likely to sweet-talk an elector and get their vote, they’d have to be a cross between John Major and Iain Duncan Smith. The idea of Lamont up against Alex Salmond in the years before an independence vote would be laughable if the consequences were not so dire.”
So far, so nasty. You can read the whole thing here.
‘Why didn’t Jim Murphy stand for leader?’ asks George in unmasked desperation. Good question. Presumably for the same reason that Labours other ‘big guns’ didn’t, lack of interest / chutzpah or invention? Why give up a nice bit of cosey Westminister opposition for a real fight?