In 2015 when he first ran for the Labour leadership, Jeremy Corbyn and his allies argued he was the 'only candidate' who could 'win back Scotland'.
In the 2015 UK general election, the Labour party lost 40 of its seats to the Scottish National Party.
Since 2016 the Scottish Labour Party has not even been the main opposition party in the Scottish Parliament.
If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held.
Never mind the snag that it might be difficult for his party to win seats in Scotland if it becomes an independent country.
Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon is thought to be angling for a independence referendum within three years of the last one, given the coming Brexit, which the majority of Scotland voted against.
In response to Corbyn's comments in favour of a referendum, parliament willing, Sturgeon had this sly response.
It's believed that Sturgeon may use the SNP's conference next weekend to call for the referendum, just as Theresa May prepares to Trigger Article 50, ending Scotland's chances to leave the UK before the UK gets out of Europe.
The referendums debacle is timely for Sturgeon, whose personal ratings have for the first time dropped below that of her opposition counterpart the Conservative unionist Ruth Davidson.
So Sturgeon is probably just happy to be arguing the point with a politician with worse ratings than her own.