Michael White, former deputy political editor of the Guardian promptly bit his e-head off:
Tomkins is insinuating that you can't have an English born person leading the Scottish Labour Party. Of course you can. We're not all racist arseholes in Scotland, though - alas - we try very hard to create the impression we are.
Obviously his goal is to drum up bit of festering resentment among the Scottish Labour Party members, who he thinks are to dim to have noticed Leonard's Yorkshire accent:
White responded fiercely to a bit of bigoted shit-stirring. As he should have. Ethnic cleansing doesn't always mean herding people into death camps. It can also mean bullying and intimidating those seen as 'tainted.'
Tomkins is the only taint here.
I wonder if Tomkins would have had the guts - evil, nasty guts, but guts none the same - to run the same smear if the winner had been a immigrant, maybe even of a different colour? I doubt it.
His contempt for Scots, the people he is supposed to represent, is disgusting.