It's about time I got round to telling my blog readers the news that I have been selected as the SNP's candidate for Glasgow Central at the next Westminster elections.
I look forward to expending my campaigning energies to get elected, and thereafter to represent the interests of my constituents.
The next general election will in my opinion be the last ever election to Westminster held in Scotland. 60% of Scots believe that we'll be independent within a decade. So much has changed in the last two years - remember people laughing at Alex Salmond's claim in 2005 that the SNP would win 20 Holyrood seats to take power? How many seats did we win in May this year? That's right. This is why the unionist parties in Holyrood oppose a referendum on our constitutional future. They know that if it's set, the SNP will win the argument.
To achieve independence, it's essential that there be a lot less Scottish MPs in the House of Commons carping about how Scotland is too wee and too poor. They shamefully put their careers before their country. Very simply, turkeys don't vote for Christmas, and Labour's turkeys aren't going to vote for all our Christmases.
It would be a privilege to be part of the dynamic team of SNP MPs in the Westminster Parliament. When it comes to the issues that matter for us in London - the economy, energy, broadcasting, nuclear weapons - it is only the SNP MPs that can be trusted to stand up for Scotland. The handful of them there have for the last few years been acting as the only effective opposition on the big issues. Earlier this year they forced the first Parliamentary debate on Iraq after the invasion, as well as putting impeachment proceedings against Tony Blair in front of the House. It was Angus MacNeil that instigated the cash-for-honours investigation.
After independence, the House of Commons will certainly miss us. The party provide very good opposition, but as we've seen for the last few months, we're not bad at government either. No doubt the popularity from this will help in the Westminster campaign.
The SNP will be in Glasgow Central to win it. In May, Govan fell to our charms, while we were a whisker away in Kelvin, with major bits of both being part of the bigger Glasgow Central. It helps whenever a sitting MP retires, and Mohammad Sarwar standing down will have an impact. His replacement for Labour is his son. It's a transaction I look forward to charging 100% inheritance tax on.