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Iain Macwhirter

What is it about the Scottish Labour Party that it seems incapable of recognising an opportunity for renewal when it presents itself?  South of the border, Labour is being remade by a grassroots revolution of precisely the kind that gave the SNP its landslide election victory.

Yet ,Labour’s only Scottish MP, Iain Murray, has declared his support for – wait for it – Yvette Cooper as UK leader. Her only recent intervention in Scottish politics was in June when she announced that an independent Scottish Labour Party was not going to happen. So there.

Cooper also said she would dump Labour’s “anti-business rhetoric”; “put country before party”; and promised to drop Labour’s “squeamish” attitude to the politics of immigration.

Of course,  both she and her rival, the former health secretary, Andy Burnham, insist that there is to be “greater autonomy in Scotland”. He said last week that “the notion that…

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