Why shame on Rowley? For accepting guaranteed first place on the list? And who would you have had before Hilton and Docherty?
Interesting to see Mary Lockhart so far down the list after having come out for independence. Leishman would have made a welcome addition to the parliament, if only for the prospect that he might deliver his questions to the First Minister in lyrical form.
Alex Rowley stood for the Deputy Leadership on the clear platform that he would not abandon his constituents in Cowdenbeath and would not under any circumstances claim a list seat. Hilton should have, for the sake of the party, concentrated on her constituency seat, which she will now lose having given the SNP an open goal. My interpretation is that the list top three would have been Baker, Docherty and Boyd if Rowley and Hilto had decided to defend their seats. I do not like Baker or Docherty and do not know Boyd, but would have been willing to accept deliver leaflets for them. Rowley reneged on the one major promise in his campaign to be deputy leader. It has nothing to do with what I want,it just seems that Labour have learned nothing and just want on the gravy train.
As far as I understand, he pledged not to automatically take up his entitlement of first place on the list rather than refuse to be accept a list seat. It's true that he's gone back on that pledge, but I'm surprised at the wrath he's received. I would have been frankly embarrassing for Labour's Deputy Leader in Scotland to fail to win a seat at Parliament when the electoral system so blatantly encourages it.
I also agree with Andrea that I'm unsure the SNP have been given any kind of open goal, given that standing both in constituencies and on the list is standard practice among all other parties in Scotland, and that rather than the constituency/list division previosuly employed by Labour giving the party any advantage in terms of the perceived commitment of constituency MSPs, they were largely derided for not placing constituency MSPs on the list in 2011, which ultimately lead to the entrance into parliament of what could be described as a "C" team.