I wrote a big long version of this earlier but in the end remembered my day to day trade. Questions should be only as long as necessary. So here we go.
We are in the midst of another Scottish Labour leadership contest. It's no secret that I'm for Anas but I want here to ask a difficult question for both candidates to answer. It proceeds I accept on a hypothesis but it is a pretty realistic hypothesis. It might not have to be answered now ("We are in it to win it") but if the polls don't move very substantially it will certainly have to be answered before polling day. Even if that's avoided it certainly would need to be answered after polling day.
Given current polling it is almost inconceivable the SNP would not be the largest Party at Holyrood if there is an election in May but even a modest post Leonard revival might get us second place. Last time, the SNP lost six seats, mainly to the Tories. If they lose six again, (even with the Greens) they would no longer have an absolute majority. So, let us assume that happens. What would Labour do?