In 2015, the Scottish National Party won Scotland in a landslide. With the next election expected in 2020, politics for the next five years looked homogenous, managerial and predictable.
But then came Brexit, talk of a second independence referendum, and an early election. Now everything’s at play. Depending on your perspective, this is a proxy indyref2, or a chance to condemn the Brexit government, or the opporunity to turn Scotland blue. One thing is sure – local contests will not just be about collecting the bins on time, but about the great constitutional questions of the day. With a giant splash of egotism.
Here is my pick of the constituency battles to watch:
Constituency: East Renfrewshire
Battle to watch: Blair McDougall (Labour) vs Paul Masterton (Tory)