Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The End... RIP Labour Party.

After a decimation in Scotland last May, the Labour Party may awaken on May 6th to the fact that had it not been for a proportional representation system it would be wiped from the map in national Scottish politics. From being the Scottish Government and having a majority of MPs less than a decade ago to potentially becoming the 3rd largest party in Parliament, it has been a decline of staggering proportions. The effects of which we may not have fully seen so far.

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?


  1. Alan

    The campaign has been awful, I blogged about that tonight but less eloquently than yourself..

    I think Labour might still sneek second, it will be hard for some to vote Tory tomorrow when push comes to shove. Labours problems I think go back to Kinnock, I was just getting into politics in a small way then and could not stand him. My Dad was Labour until Kinnock then went SNP. Labour for me have badly let us all down, not just new Labour but the sense of entitlement and enrichment disgusted me. People like Jim McGovern just did not represent Dundee for me and did not stand up for me or people like me. I also think their blind hatred of the SNP and people like myself who voted YES really hurt them, even KeZia saying no to another referendum is stupidity and shows a real lack of judgement and poor advice.

    I don't think they can come back now as politics in Scotland has become yes and no but the campaign has been poor and the coverage too bias and poor also.

    Thanks for the chance to comment.


  2. I think there are far fewer than you might imagine who take delight at how far Labour has fallen and I say this as a current SNP member[former labour ], for me its like when a friend a trusted friend no longer pays any heed to you or yours , despite which you try forlornly to see their viewpoint till there is no longer common purpose ,you can only knock on a closed door so many times till you think nobody is there,which is sad because there were and still are some / a lot of good hardworking ordinary men and women trying to advance life and life chances for the common folk ,we might have gone forward only incrementally sometimes but no one was left behind ,but until Labour starts listening and stops telling there can be no way back wether its as part of an independent Scotland or otherwise.[ my opinion humble as it is,for what its worth]