So the Gordon Brown ‘Dead Cat’ bounce has held Glenrothes for Labour.
Its probably bought a few months of air fresheners for the ailing Gordon Brown Government. And probably keep Gordon Brown in his job till the forced General Election in 2010.
But I suspect the public will notice the cat is still dead is due course.
No amount of air fresheners can cover up the decay.
So if that’s Labour what about the SNP?
By-elections give momentum, and although the SNP increased their vote and ate substantially into Labour’s 10 600 majority, many pundits expected them to take the seat.
So the SNP’s blistering momentum from the Glasgow East victory has been slowed.
Still going forward but at a more steady pace.
Alex Salmond has said that his party needs to take a look at how it can combat Labour’s negative campaigning.
I agree, but surely there is only one way to go?
That’s to become even more positive.
Once you become mired in negative politics then not only do you demean your party – and play into the hands of your opponents – but you switch off the voters. Labour does negative campaigning well; they need to – their backs are against the electoral wall, and they lack any vision of where New Labour is going. Although the SNP ran a positive campaign, perhaps they should have killed the negative Labour stories faster.
I think the last thing Scotland needs in its politics is the negative campaigning usually seen in the U.S. The Unionist parties and press are halfway there already, I’d hate to see it get worse!
As Barack Obama shows a positive campaign with the right message can achieve fantastic results.
The SNP dusted off their 1997 election slogan ‘Yes we can’ after Barack Obama’s historic victory in the United States.
In hindsight, they should have used it much earlier when they saw the polls favouring the Obama campaign.
It might have got them some decent press for once.
Then on Obama winning they might have had their own bounce.