According to this morning's Times there is significant discusion going on in Dowing Street about when it will be best to hold the Glenrothes by-election. According to the report,
A senior party source in Scotland said that there were grounds for holding the by-election early rather than late. “It would get the bad news out of the way quickly and Gordon could use his conference speech to rally support. What's the point of a relaunch in September if the impact is completely snuffed out in October?”It all has echoes of a day being good to "bury bad news" doesn't it? This is particularly ironic because the date being touted just happens to be September 11th. Spin is dead. Long live spin!
I guess if they do go for that date and lose to the SNP as many seem to expect, the commentariat will have a nice easy analogy ready made for indicating how significant the day is for the Brown Premiership.