Pick of the week: SNP, the night Tube and Corbyn’s trolls
A chance for you to catch up on our five most-read stories of the week.
In fifth place this week is a piece which looked at Kezia Dugdale's first performance on the Today programme. The new leader of Scottish Labour failed to give clear yes or no answers to straightforward questions and refused to adopt any strong political position. In fact she appeared to be repeating all the same mistakes of the past. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has been holding packed out rallies in Glasgow and Edinburgh. If Labour are going to win back the thousands of voters who turned to the SNP at the last election they will need someone who can express big radical political ideas and at the moment only Corbyn seems to be doing that.
The next spot goes to an article written by Alex Salmond's biographer David Torrance. He examines the SNP's record in government and argues the extended honeymoon the party has enjoyed in recent years means it has escaped real scrutiny. He suggests there is a growing gap between SNP rhetoric and reality.
In third place, the Labour MP Debbie Abrahams writes for Politics.co.uk about the release of government data which showed 4,010 people died shortly after being found 'fit for work' between 2011 and 2014. She said the Department for Work and Pensions' figures were proof that the Work Capability Assessments were not fit for purpose and called for Iain Duncan Smith to resign.
Next is a piece which looked at what happens if you dare to criticise supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. We suggested that like the 'cybernats' in Scotland, the aggressive behaviour of some of Corbyn's online supporters could undermine their own cause. If the left-winger becomes the next leader of the Labour party he will need to appeal not only to hard left activists but also to dissatisfied Tories if he is going to stand any chance of becoming the next Prime Minister.
In the top spot this week is our report that Boris Johnson blamed his failure to fulfil his promise to bring in a 24-hour tube system on "Corbynmania". The London Mayor told LBC that the rise of Jeremy Corbyn had led to union leaders being more militant.