And so to Glenrothes I went. and it was excellent. I spent time in three different parts of the constituency, including a 2 hour "blitzing" with Lindsay himself and the response was excellent. Labour voters rock solid and Lindsay's reputation as a well liked and very effective local head teacher playing well with the don't knows. Its still very tight, very tight indeed. But I left feeling that there is a real chance we can defend this seat.
What's been very interesting is just how easy it has been to expose the SNP council as utterly inept, driven by cost cutting beyond all else and rapidly loosing the trust of the voters. Linday's has been seen as some-one worth supporting because he's delivered for local pupils, he's not a career politician (remember, he will take a pay cut if he's elected!), and he's independent of mind. Fifers like that in a politician because that's how they see themselves. We're not there yet, but its going to be close, very close and it was good, even just for a day, to be part of that feeling because we haven't had that for some time now.
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