One of the things about this blogging is that it can go to your head.
After I posted my blog "I Despair" all sorts of people weighed in to say what an insightful (cough, cough) piece it was. The problem was that they weren't my people. My people are still living in the fantasy land where either Johann or the other excellent candidate will, given better organisation, sweep Alex Salmond aside in four and a half years time. It appears, in their analysis, that despite Johann and Ken being respectively the No Change Candidate and the No Hope Candidate, both would nonetheless be more than adequate to that task when the time comes. Time will tell.
In the meantime, I really, really don't like the underlying philosophy of the SNP.
There is probably no Labour figure with whom I have disagreed more, over the years, than Brian Wilson.
But in the new chapters of David Torrance's biography of Alex Salmond there is a quite brilliant insight by Brian.
The consequence of a Scottish Parliament dominated by the SNP has not been radical change but rather no change at all.
Brian makes the telling comparison with Fianna Fail. In pastiche "Until we have a United Ireland then nothing must delay its achievement"
Any since any bold policy initiative is controversial, then, to avoid controversy, avoid any bold policy. More so still if you start off in a minority.
We are all familiar with the sort of newspaper letter that starts "I have always been a supporter of Party A, but because of policy B, I will never vote for them again."
So are the SNP.
Consequently, for the next four years, there will not be a policy B, or indeed a policy C, D or E. Or indeed a policy F, G, H or.................continue to the end of the alphabet and beyond. Because if to advance any one of these hypothetical bold policies might lose a single vote from the cause of "Independence" then it is not worth the risk.
The press reaction to the SNP's first post election legislative programme was a snore fest. But the Scottish Government's response was not to address this on its merits but rather to try to move the agenda back on to the national question. Because, for them, that is the only question which is really important.
Now at this point I could happily set off on a list of things which ought actually to be important to the Scottish Government, starting with the poverty of opportunity which afflicts so many of our young people. But that would require me to have opinions and make judgements. And, regretttably, neither opinions or judgements
are the way to prosper in current Scottish politics. As I fear either Johann or the other excellent candidate might be about to demonstrate to their temporary advantage.