Has the Chancellor what it takes to turn the party round?
So Scotland is now lost and the question must be asked about what this means to the Scotsman who looks set, within the next few weeks, to take over at Number 10?
Even though the final result is nothing like as bad as might have been feared a week or so the news within the last few minutes that the SNP is top party must cast a shadow over the man who has sought after the premiership for so long.
In spite of everything there can be few who still doubt that Gordon is going to get his promotion. The latest betting price is at 0.08/1 and that might look like a bargain in a day or two.
But what an awful moment to take over?