‘Bells’, one of the great episodes in the second season of Blackadder, begins with Kate taking notice of her father not being in his altogether best sorts: “Father, I must speak. I can be silent no longer. All day long you mutter to yourself, gibber, dribble, moan and bash your head against the wall yelling: ‘I want to die’. Now you may say I’m leaping to conclusions, but you’re not completely happy, are you?”
Something similar is happening in British politics in general, and in Scotland in particular, as you may have noticed unless you’ve spent most of the last year with your head ensconced in gaffer tape and cotton wool in your ears.
And nowhere are Labour and other unionist parties more vulnerable than in Glasgow. Once the ‘Second City of the Empire’ (a title it contested with Liverpool), it is now the foremost city of the Scottish independence movement. Labour are hanging on by their fingernails here, with Willie Bain likely to be their sole Glasgow MP come May. They won all seven seats here in 2010.