Let’s be fair. Judging by TV and radio debates, Jim Murphy was the worthy winner of a Scottish Labour leadership campaign which was largely harmonious. So far, so good for Labour’s seventh leader in 15 years. He appears focused and determined – perky enough to start his first leader’s interview with a friendly rebuke to presenter Gordon Brewer for smoking outside the BBC. The watchword of Murphy’s style is clearly “affable”: he is keen not to blame ex-Labour supporters for voting Yes and equally eager to abandon the “ya boo” politics that saw previous Scottish Labour leaders oppose good ideas just because they were proposed by the SNP. His capable deputy Kezia Dugdale shares that broadly consensual outlook and belongs to a younger generation largely devoid of the bitterness and thwarted entitlement that plagued some longer-serving colleagues. Compared to previous incumbents the pair are easy on the eye and ear, they already match the SNP’s gender equal leadership team and soon – we are told – will produce a shadow version of the First Minister’s gender-equal cabinet.