Let us have a modicum of sympathy for David Mundell MP, the sole Tory MP in Scotland for the past five years and the only one to be elected last week. He may not actually have been good enough to deserve appointment as Scottish Secretary (and facing the massed ranks of Scottish Labour he might have been in some trouble if he had secured the post). But he would not have been human had he not entertained the thought that the poisoned chalice might come his way. Alas Danny Alexander (who?) of the LibDems has been appointed, so Mr Mundell will have to dream on - at least for a while.
Sic transit gloria Mundell.