It is the most glittering night in Scotland’s political calendar, and now the shortlist can be revealed for The Herald’s Scottish Politician of the Year Awards.The luckiest man in Scottish politics perhaps, to be in charge of Scottish Labour when the Conservatives (with a grand total of one MP in Scotland) are in power at Westminster. Also, to be in charge of the only Unionist party that has any chance whatsover of putting manners on Salmond.
Names to the fore at the ceremony in Edinburgh’s prestigious Prestonfield House Hotel on November 18 include front and backbenchers at Holyrood, Westminster, and in local government, whose often unseen hard work deserves wider recognition.
There is also a special award for the Public Campaigner of the Year whose efforts have made the Government sit up and take notice.
This is the twelfth year of the awards, and in the running for the top prize are Health Secretary and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Labour leader Iain Gray, LibDem leader Tavish Scott and, for the first time, a backbencher.
Mr Gray is shortlisted for the top award after playing a key role in Labour’s Scottish General Election success, making his party the bookmakers’ current favourite to win May’s Holyrood election and buttressing his own standing with a strong speech at the recent Scottish Party conference.Incredible revisionism. I can only presume that it's got something to do with The Herald wanting to keep it sweet with the party that's odds on to win next year.