Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, according to The Herald today, are ruling out any sort of alliance with the SNP ahead of the 2020 General Election.
Now I don’t believe for one minute that Labour will get near enough seats to form the next Government at Westminster or win any election. This means the only way that the Tories will be pushed out in 2020 is with some form of rainbow alliance at Westminster, esp once the boundaries change. Boundary changes will see parliament reduced to 600 seats from 650 making it even more difficult for Labour according to some. However, some MPs within Labour are conceding that an alliance might be the only path open to the party to gain power at Westminster.
The Herald reported that Shadow Scottish Secretary Dave Anderson, an MP for a constituency in England, provoked a backlash from British Labour in Scotland when he suggested an SNP deal may be “the price that we have to pay to prevent another rabid right-wing Tory government”.
One of the really ironic parts of the story is British Labour in Scotland branch manager Kezia Dugdale said a deal with the Nationalists “just wouldn’t work” and Anderson’s predecessor, Ian Murray, said advocates of an SNP deal demonstrate “a lack of understanding of the political dynamic in Scotland”. Ian Murray accusing anyone of a lack of understanding of politics in Scotland makes me laugh.
Neil Findlay MSP, you know the non socialist socialist in British Labour in Scotland, has stated that “I don’t think the SNP will be able to take any comfort from a Jeremy Corbyn victory. Personally I don’t think the SNP will care either way if Corbyn wins the Labour Party civil war. Findlay goes on to say,
“Jeremy Corbyn is coming to Scotland and it will be made clear that there will be no progressive alliance with the SNP. “The SNP does not act progressively in government, but seeks to talk progressively at Westminster where it has no power. “Providing a credible and Socialist radical alternative to nationalism is what Jeremy is all about and we’ll be making an appeal to the people of Scotland on that basis.
I think Neil ‘ the socialist ‘ Findlay will find that that boat has truly sailed and is another one who is in denial about the changed landscape of Scottish Politics.
There is no alternative to the march to independence any more. I understand why the SNP might feel the need to hold out an olive branch to Labour as they did at the last general election, demonstrating the party’s willingness to do the best for Scotland in Westminster, but I wouldn’t.
Labour are a sham of a party, and while some members in England are fighting to find it’s lost soul, here in Scotland the northern branch are infected with Blairites and non entities who are filled with anger and hate for everything that brings more democracy to Scotland, while having no ideas what so ever on how to make things better. British Labour in Scotland lost it’s soul a long time ago and there are no signs of that returning any time soon.
Labour voters in Scotland have already demonstrated they would rather vote Tory than bring greater democracy to Scotland, and that is why they will continue to lose and lose badly. Ruling out an alliance with the SNP, even if one were offered, just shows the lengths they will go to protect their union. Corbyn is showing himself to be no better and no different to Dugdale and her Blue Labour collegues if the Herald is to be believed. But to be honest, I would imagine the response from many within the SNP and the greater YES movement will be,
Off topic a wee bit.
I don’t buy the Herald but it does go for the SNP BAD/Nationalists EVIL mantra a lot these days but Newsquest who own The Herald, also own The National, that fact has helped me stop even purchasing The National. I don’t want to give a single penny to any group who owns and prints the rag that is The Herald.