Thanks to his stint as PO, he has a high profile, is widely admired (if not necessarily adored) and has some experience of trying to control a political rabble.
They could do worse.
In fact, with Bella's immediate predecessor, they did do worse - a likely raconteur and wry wit, David McLetchie (also tipped for possible return to his party's top job, a la Alex Salmond) didn't always hack it, too content to be a sideline oppositionist.
Alternative prospectus07:50am on 13 May 2011I hope that the new look for Newslog isn't a sign of things to come to all BBC political blogs - the comments boxes (with their 400-character limits and placement of the most recent comments first in a constant scroll as new posts are received) might compel responses to the blog content ... which would be no bad thing ... but it tends to stifle debate upon supplementary/ expansive points made by fellow posters.
I still think that the 'Blether with Brian' format which preceded the current one was probably the best - but, to keep people in a job, they have to show some accomplishment and so there always has to be change.....
And, on the matter of independence, which internet TLD should Scotland pursue? I've long favoured ".nb" (for 'North Britain'), but my sense of humour has always been somewhat odd.....