So there’s a dog fight for second place and a (growing) chance that Labour might lose.
People feel betrayed by Labour.
I get that.
I remember the elation when Blair was elected followed by a raft of genuinely progressive legislation. I remember my youthful enthusiasm when protesting Afghanistan and Iraq which was snuffed out so hard it took a baby and the referendum to rekindle.
I have never voted Labour.
And I don’t intend to.
But it mystifies me why people are HAPPY that Labour could get beaten by the Tories.
I know, I know.
PPI, 45 minute claim, creeping privatisation, triangulation, Bush, Alasdair Campbell, complacency, careerism, parachuting blah blah.
If we were talking about the Greens beating Labour – WOO FUCKING HOO!
But this is the Tories.
The Tories who’s ideological austerity is destroying the very fabric of the country.
Yeah but Labour are just Tory-lite.
At least the Tories are honest about being bastards.
Firstly, however cynically it has been done, Labour are recalibrating back left.
Secondly, I’d rather have Tory-lite than hardcore unapologetic Tory.
You might think Ruthie is a better leader than Kez. You might think Jackie Baillie is an absolute chopper. I’d still rather have Labour in opposition.
I want consensus, cross party cooperation and constructive opposition in Holyrood.
That’s just not going to happen with the Tories. We’d be doomed to 5 years of cheap point scoring and ideologically stagnant debate.
An Independent Scotland needs a new kind of politics.
Whilst Kez might not agree with Independence I believe she does share our desire for inclusive, participatory democracy.
Just like us, Labour are not the party they were 2 years ago.
Hell, Labour aren’t even the party they were one year ago.
Bruised, broken and without most of the ‘big beasts’ – post referendum, post Corbyn Labour is no longer the same Tribe.
If we bemoan tribalism – why are still striking for a knock out when we’ve already won on points?
We’re always encouraging people to vote for policies – how different is Labour policy now than the SNP, than ours?
You want a new politics – lead by example.
You want to reach out to NO voters – Labour supporters are your best bet.
A Labour open to change and dissent on Independence within their party is more likely to help us (albeit accidentally) achieve independence than a union flag draped Tory shouting down the SNP because, unionism.
There will always be unionists.
There will always be Tories.
But let’s not kid ourselves that the Tories becoming Scotland’s Second Party is something to celebrate.