It really has happened: John Mason (SNP),
Mr. I'm against "experiments with babies" (he meant embryos - only he
didn't), has been returned by Glasgow East as their MP; where Labour had won,
in one way or another, since 1922 - some things only Gordon Brown can achieve.
Gordon has pushed the boundaries of conceptual possibility past Alpha Centauri:
only He could deliver 63 consecutive quarters of economic growth during 43
quarters in government (Dougie Alexander dixit). Only he could lose the east
end of Glasga to the Nats. What now? Brown ain't gonna resign – that’s for
sure. But now an open challenge at the next conference in September looks ever
Something else: Labour's Curran lost by 365 votes. Given that the Scottish
Socialists' Curran got 555 votes, 'Curran' actually beat Mason by 190 votes.
Just another sign of how desperate Labour selection process had got: you don't
select a candidate whose name is already on the ballot for another party. It
confuses voters (especially in Glasgow East, one might add). And such confusion
can prove decisive in a close contest.