Last week's Govan by-election may have been a low key affair as far as the public was concerned.
But to councillors and MSPs it was the first test of public opinion since the council elections in May last year.
The SNP had hoped to hold on to the seat once occupied by Allison Hunter, their former group leader in the City Chambers.
But the looming independence referendum made Labour more determined than ever to snatch the seat from their political opponents.
The prize was particularly tempting as the ward makes up part of the Holyrood constituency of Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
On this occasion, Labour's John Kane romped home ahead of his SNP rival.
Council leader Gordon Matheson insisted the result showed support for the nationalists has slumped in the city.
It will be next year before his prediction is put to the test in the independence referendum but as the saying goes, a year is a long time in politics.
It is now less than a year until the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, and last week there was physical proof that the sporting event in on its way.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, Mr Matheson and Glasgow Life chairman Archie Graham, who also has the title executive member for the Commonwealth Games, were all invited to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen place the message to the Commonwealth in the specially designed baton.
Rather than hang around and see the sights, they had to race back to Glasgow to greet the baton when it arrived at the City Chambers on Thursday.
Its arrival in George Square marked an important milestone in the story of the Commonwealth Games, which has seen millions of pounds spent building stunning new venues across the city.
The baton left the city the same day it arrived and is now on a mammoth trip which will take it to 70 countries around the world.
It will arrive back in Glasgow on Sunday June 20, just three days before the opening ceremony.
Between now and then, councillors and officials have a mountain of work to do to ensure Glasgow keeps moving when thousands of athletes and spectators descend.
One of the top priorities is ensuring traffic flows smoothly and next week the first of four new bus lane cameras will be put into operation.
The cameras are naturally enough unpopular with motorists caught using the lanes illegally.
But roads bosses insist they are necessary to prevent selfish drivers delaying causing longer journeys for buses and their passengers.