LabourL must show unity for new leader

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

The is­su­ing of years apolo­gies of­fi­cial of­ten seems af­ter the event as ges­ture. But like an empty apol­o­gise d for Stur­geon Ni­cola men, ation of gay crim­i­nalis in past cou­ple wept a lov­ing male Af­ter ’s pub­lic gallery. Holy­rood much that’s how all these years, empty This is no it means. pow­er­ful a ges­ture but wrongs. right­ing of In I a few days, a new Scot­tish Labour leader will be named, t the party’s sixth in a decade.

Here, we are cling­ing o op­ti­misti­cally to the hope that maybe a vic­tor will emerge to rein­vig­o­rate the party, take it for­ward as a force to be reck­oned r with in Scot­land.

This must be our hope, Labour sup­port­ers or not, be­cause the whole coun­try ben­e­fits from strong op­po­si­tion.

Of course, the con­test has been a scrap be­tween two pri­vate school boys and it has all got­ten rather per­sonal, with ru­mours of back­ground plots, in­ap­pro­pri­ate busi­ness con­nec­tions and union stitch-ups. None of which sug­gests re­la­tions will be rosy be­tween Anas Sar­war and Richard Leonard af­ter the an­nounce­ment on Sat­ur­day.

So a mes­sage to both: Re­mem­ber you’ve been elected to serve Scot­land, not your­self. Ac­cept the re­sult and fall in be­hind the win­ner.

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