Only 8 of the top 32 list spaces across the eight lists for Scottish Labour were given to people who have not previously been elected to Holyrood or to Westminster.
The ongoing contest for the “anti-austerity” crown in Scottish politics has reached a new intensity this week. Only the Tories aren’t in this game – even if some of the rest have a pretty weak hand to play.
But opposing austerity doesn’t just mean knowing who to blame. It means acting. Whatever view you take of the Scottish Government’s financial record to date, over the coming years it will be increasingly clear that public services will suffer hugely if budgets keep being squeezed.…