So Johann it is then.
She won 2 of the three electoral colleges and 51% or so of the vote.
You can only win under the system set down, so we need to accept the result. We do, of course, need to change the system to OMOV and review how we deal with affiliates and levy payers.
Anyway, that’s for another day.
Anas for deputy by a similar margin.
Today I have heard Lord Mandelson advise Ed, ex-labour bloggers spouting advice on how we should be all apologetic to the country for, well, just being Labour. Every man and his dog has been giving advice on how Labour needs to be changed in Scotland. Or maybe that should read every Dog and his man has been barking and howling advice to Johann.
I didn’t vote for Johann. I voted for Ken.
So what? Exactly, the party has chosen Johann to lead and we all have to support our new leader. I am encouraged because apart from Johann we have discovered (excluding her deputy) four other politicians who can help us get back to where we should be.
They have given masses of their time, massive effort and tried their best to be selected. They have answered all sorts of questions at numerous hustings to find the vision for our party and its way forward. I am proud of each and every one of them.
Some of the campaigning by supporters was a bit suspect but understandable – it was a contest after all.
So Johann & Anas are called to serve. To lead us in next years local elections and begin the long road back. It will take all of us pulling together to make steps on that road. This task will be added to the list of Herculean tasks.
So to the Advice.
Ignore the triangulation, new speak, focus groups and spin doctors and just – Be yourself and trust your judgement.
Don’t be afraid to get help from those around you, after all….
We are a team all pulling in one direction.
Some members just haven’t realised it yet.