Given that labour have not even selected a candidate yet and that Glasgow East is such a safe but derelict constituency that it does not even possess canvassing returns, there is widespread speculation that the SNP could pull of a devastating surprise. Devastating for Gordon Brown that is.

Ironically it may take a good showing by the Tories to save his bacon.

But if events pursue their domesday course, could a new leader possibly refuse to call an early election? Could they seriously expect to govern without a quick General Election after giving the country two new leaders inside 18 months — given that the one they had just removed had been appointed by virtually unanimous acclaim?

Removing Brown would leave the Labour party and its MPs staring down the barrel of a gun, toted by the Dirty Hacks of the media …

” — I know what you Labour MPs are thinking. “Is the swing 10% or 20%?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a General Election, the most powerful peoples weapon in the world, and would blow your expenses clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, Labour MPs? — “

Well I, armed with a magnum full of economic statistics, say to them, “Go ahead, make my day”