Gordon Brown has asked Margaret Thatcher to lunch again; this time at Chequers.
Just what will the newly appointed Scottish Labour MSP leader make of this?
Both Thatcher’s lunch with Brown and the appointment of the Scottish leader will happen on Saturday.
Is Brown deliberately trying to take the wind out the sails of the Scottish Labour MSPs the very day they should be celebrating the appointment of a new leader?
It seems strange timing to me.
The very day that the Scottish Labour MSP group should be promoting their policies and their vision for Scotland, attention will be diverted to another cosy lunch between The Iron Lady and The Clunking Fist.
It speaks volumes for Labour’s agenda that just as the TUC conference is finished with many trade unions unhappy with Labour’s policies, the same weekend Gordon Brown asks Margaret Thatcher to lunch.
It was their previous meeting that urged Jimmy Reid to support the SNP in Glasgow East:
“It wasn’t so much that I left Labour. I felt that they left me. And any doubt I had about that was cast aside forever when I watched Gordon Brown cosying up to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street last year.”
The SNP duly won Glasgow East.
Now with the Glenrothes by-election looming Labour seem eager to repeat their mistakes.
But it won’t be a great start for the new Scottish Labour MSP leader.
And whoever wins has now – if they didn’t realise it before – just found out the truth about how Westminster Labour views the Holyrood Labour branch:
With utter contempt.