I see the Evening News are in full 'predictive-mode' today ... guess its to be expected.
But just for the avoidance of any doubt - I have no intention of making any rushed decision on this issue. Ewan standing down has indeed come as a surprise and it was not in-the-least expected.
And although that deed is now done, no contest (of any description) will be 'on' until a timetable is agreed and that is unlikely to happen anytime this side of next week.
And, as regular readers of this blog will know, despite being a full-time local politician, I do have a varied and diverse life outside of the political arena. And I do thus have every intention of taking a bit of time talking to family, friends and colleagues before reaching any final conclusion on what would be a big decision for me personally.
... and apart from anything else - remember that Stag Weekend - well, the bloody wedding is coming up over the next few days so I have other 'really' important things on my mind ;-)