Despite leaving the party after the referendum this does not fill me with joy as I’m sure it will (perhaps understandably) for others. You don’t give 20 years of your life to a party, an ideal and walk away from it. In truth the line I often heard in the referendum could not be more fitting... I didn’t leave Labour, Labour left me.
The very heart and soul of this once proud and principled party was well and truly ripped out by the Blairites and New Labour drones obsessed with winning, winning over Middle England at any expense... Including the loss of the whole of Scotland. With the election of Corbyn and perhaps the most left wing manifesto in years at this Scottish election, the Progress prowlers are still waiting in the wings briefing against the party, sowing seeds of disruption in collaboration with the main stream Media and the Tory government who they have more in common with.
During the referendum campaign Labour for Independence argued that independence would be the only way to save the Labour Party in Scotland from itself. To move away from the Labour Party of Westminster which wanted to cut harder and faster than the Tories, that wanted to keep trident, to appeal to the leafy suburbs and Middle England at the expense of their base and the voters the party was created to protect. We believed independence held the key to a return of a real Labour Party.
In hindsight I think we were wrong. While independence would have given us the opportunity to create a fairer more equal society, it would have been too late to save Scottish Labour Perhaps 5-10 years ago this would have been possible, but I think the party now is too infected, even in Scotland with New Labourites, filled with cronyism and careerism.
That is not to say there are no real/traditional Labour members and politicians left in the party. But for every Neil Findlay there are more Anas Sarwars, for every Mary Lockhart and Nathan Morrison there are Blair McDougalls and John McTiernans with more sway, more power at the top of the party.
You have to feel even for Kezia Dugdale. In a job she is probably 10 years too early for, she tried to shake up the party and bring in fresh blood to have Sarwar top of the Glasgow list guaranteed a seat. Not only that but his acolytes are already plotting her internal demise as voters her public one.
For those within the pro independence movement who celebrate this demise, be careful what you wish for. The battle in this election has been for second the SNP’s success is not in doubt, only the size of the majority is the question. Yet it has also been one of the most uninspiring elections in such a long time. It seems a lot longer than 20 months ago when the referendum was in full swing, with a country educated and engaged.
So many in this nation now have no home, for many like myself who do not find the notion of the SNP a comfortable one are not enticed to the far left of RISE or the Greens who for many still fail to convince.
The Labour Party will continue its slow demise this week, It may survive until next years council elections... But it wont last long... The question we should all be asking is what happens next?