It’s easy to see that granting more powers to Scottish Labour could appeal to Jeremy Corbyn in his desire to kill off the claims that the party north of the border is nothing more than a ‘branch’ office.
But it may also be handing those who oppose Corbyn-style Labour the opportunity to deny Scottish voters the chance to support it, by supporting policies and candidates that the national party would not.
That would make further failure in Scotland a cast-iron certainty.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has set out plans for “more autonomy” for the party in Scotland.
The proposals would see control over policy, membership, constituency parties and candidate selection transferred to Scotland.
Ms Dugdale said the reforms would leave no doubt that “the main focus of Scottish Labour will be on Holyrood”.
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