There must have been someone screaming Lance Corporal Jack Jones of Dad’s Army fame’s famous “don’t panic” catchphrase in Scottish Labour’s team yesterday.
There is every reason for the party of opposition at Westminster and Holyrood to do so.
Jim Murphy has arrived as a new leader full of energy and ideas, yet the SNP tidal wave continues to wash their hopes away in what were previously safe seats.
It must be remembered that, for the most part, the areas surveyed by Lord Ashcroft had high Yes votes but if they want to win elections these folk have to be brought back into the fold and trust the party again. On that, there has been a fundamental failure.
A video involving a rather crude juxtaposition of David Cameron speeches to illustrate the line that it’s the Tories who benefit most in the House of Commons from Nationalist gains has emerged.
Even if that’s true it doesn’t address the point which should chill Labour to the bone. Ed Miliband is a disaster in Scotland.
Look at Dundee West, where 42% of people prefer David Cameron as Prime Minister to the Labour leader’s 40%. With a boss like that, who needs enemies?