THERE was much to admire, we thought, about Jeremy Corbyn. His down-to-earth, thoughtful brand of politics was a much welcome change from the usual spin and smear of Westminster. And we agree with him on many of the great issues of our time: austerity, non-intervention in the Middle East, Trident ... even if on that last one it seems he cannot even force a conference debate.

So it was disheartening to see him reel off the same tired lines about the SNP yesterday. They privatised Scotrail, he said – not true. They privatised Calmac, he said – not true.

Flags don’t build houses, Corbyn says – well, neither do the Tories we’re stuck with, Jeremy.

Corbyn is new to the job, though, and we accept that he must have had little to do with Scottish politics as a back-bench MP from Islington far from the front line of politics.

So we’d like to make a suggestion. When you’re forming your opinion on Scottish issues, don’t just listen to Kezia Dugdale.

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