The Telegraph's lead story today is suggesting that Labour is trying to stitch up a typical 'smoke filled room' deal in which the Speaker would agree to stand down at the next election and in return his son Paul would be his guaranteed successor in his Glasgow North East seat. He is currently an MSP for the area.
No doubt the story will be officially denied, and dismissed as ill informed speculation. My practice in these cases is to look at who has written the story and judge it from there. In this case, the story is written by James Kirkup, who was political editor of the Scotsman before he joined the Telegraph. His contacts in the world of Scottish politics are excellent.
So, what do we think of this unique form of nepotism? Or is it that unique? Nepotism exists in all parties. It ought not to, but it does.