There will be a million words written about the resignation of Johann Lamont as leader of the Scottish branch of the Labour Party today, a lot written will be mushy rubbish in the unionist press. Others will put positive slants on her contribution to Scottish life and the SNP, my party, will wish her well blah blah blah, of course they have to do that or be accused of whatever.
However, I don’t have to go down the mushy road in any shape or form. I’m not a professional writer, I am not even a good writer but my opinion is as good as anyone else’s opinion, as is yours. So from a Jock Blogs point of view here is mine.
I will not miss Johann Lamont from Scottish Politics or Holyrood in any shape or form. Call me bitter but I found her to be an ineffectual, horrible, vindictive, nasty woman who took great delight in telling ordinary Scottish people that they were unworthy of anything that came their way. Some of my favourite quotes from Lamont are:
“We are not genetically programmed in Scotland to make political decisions.”
“If there is a Yes vote, is it not the case that we will need to rewrite the song: ‘Standard Life no more, RBS no more, shipbuilding no more, the Scotland we love and fight for no more’?”
The Scottish Labour leader accused benefit recipients of living in a “something for nothing country”
“But there is one thing which the First Minister has discovered this year. Women give birth to children. Then they look after them. So when his focus groups tell him women don’t like him he discovers childcare. It wasn’t exactly the same as Fleming discovering penicillin. Splitting the atom it was not but I suppose the First Minister learning anything about how real Scots live their lives is some sort of progress. I’m not going to give any theories about why the First Minister has a problem with women’.
Politics is a dirty business, it doesn’t have to be and that is exactly what is wrong with it in my opinion, but Lamont played the nasty card all too well. She hated the SNP, that’s fine, but she hated any Scots that did not agree with her vision. She took the Scottish parliament back 10 years with sub standard arguments, abusive point scoring and zero policy making. She should be regarded as a failure and I will always remember her contribution as being one of talking Scotland and it’s people down, telling me and my kids that we were not good enough.
Bye bye you won’t be missed, well not by me.