INDEPENDENCE IS KILLING LABOUR
With polls showing support for Independence anywhere between 53-58% and on an upward trend, the Labour Party, formerly the dominant force in Scottish politics, were suddenly overcome with their latest overwhelming desire to achieve self destruction and decided this was precisely the right time to announce they would oppose any referendum for at least the next five years.
Languishing in the polls, showing up in some with as little support as 13% for Labour it is hard to decipher what this announcement was intended to achieve. Particularly when the same polls indicate that as high as 42% of Labour’s remaining supporters support Independence. They appear determined to further alienate these remaining supporters.
Labour left wingers are not best pleased. They rightly question who exactly created this new policy position?They ask what consultation took place?. They suggest it is the latest policy made on the hoof.
As Sarwar explained “You’ve got to recognise that, ultimately, it’s for the people of Scotland to decide their own future. That’s a fundamental principle, a democratic principle, one that I support, and one that I hope every political party and every politician would support.“But at the same time as that, we’ve got to recognise that we are not going back to the old arguments of 2014. We are going through a pandemic that has changed the world, and has changed Scotland, and our focus for the next four or five years has to be coming through this pandemic, rebuilding our economy”. In other words another classic example of the doublespeak that makes them the shambling wreck of a party they are today.
So does that mean Labour would oppose a referendum at any point in the next Parliament he was asked? “Yes” replied Sarwar so clearly he doesn’t support Scots determining our own future.
The problem with that argument amongst others is that last sentence in the main quote. This is where the Labour Party state that the Scottish economy would be best being rebuilt by Boris Johnston and the Tory Westminster Government in London because that is the alternative to Independence. How many of their remaining supporters see any sense in that? How many think that is better than the Scots rebuilding our own economy, free of the malign influence of the English Tories?
Scots witness the confused response to Covid in England, the looming disaster of Brexit, the Tories awarding hundreds of millions of pounds to their pals and donors in the form of uncontested tenders, as a Minister reveals he didn’t know Dover was a port and another Minister loses many millions of pounds after awarding a huge contract for ferries to a company that had no ships. Convincing Scotland that these are the very people to put in charge of rebuilding our economy looks a bit of a “challenge” to me, but Labour in Scotland are volunteering to be the guys to make that case! Looks impossible to win with that argument. Indeed it looks suicidal.
The SNP should be rubbing their hands with glee, it looks very much like Labour are setting themselves up for another five years of exclusively competing with the Tories and Liberals for that shrinking Unionist vote in Scotland. Likewise the Greens must be thinking that with a determined effort they could win over that element of the Labour vote that support Independence but are reluctant, for whatever reason, to vote SNP.
Either way, the future looks increasingly bleak for Labour, hampered by a weak and unimaginative leader who is visibly out his depth every week at FMQ’s and stuck with a key policy decision that completely eliminates any prospect of electoral advances in the years ahead, it looks like the best job available within the Labour organisation in any constituency in the country is Membership Secretary, not a lot to do and a declining workload guaranteed in the years ahead. Whatever you do, don’t agree to be the treasurer!
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland.
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