Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Fall Out.

Which as a title is correct on more than one level. Johann Lamont has resigned and it turned out to be the most useful thing she did during her leadership - her reasons? She was sick of Scottish Labour being treated as a 'branch office' of UK Labour - about which she seemed to be the last to know. Still, at least Scottish Labour's true nature is being talked about in the Scottish press. 

Although we didn't hear much from the leader of Labour in Scotland during the referendum campaign - a surprising thing given she was, ummm, the leader of Labour in Scotland. We can assume she supported a no vote which pretty much underpinned and guaranteed the very thing she cited as the cause of her falling on her - lets not use the word sword, it implies there might be something sharp about Scottish Labour when there isn't - lets say she fell on her banana (who's skin she would have slipped on anyway.)

In the meantime Labour 'Faces' in Scotland have been tripping over themselves to turn down the job. One after the other, Labour MSP's are defying their programming and ruling themselves out of the race - I say race, its more of a desperate escape - from the top job in Scotland.

Even the 'bright young' Kezia Dugdale has ruled it out, its a shame she can't apply whatever cognitive ability she applied to that decision to some of the arse gravy she's uttered over the past few months. Anas Sarwar, whom the Daily Record, ever-connected to the zeitgeist, describes as super-bright and most others describe as super-irritating has said no thanks - he's already the deputy leader in Scotland but as an MP can't debate at Holyrood (or anywhere else if we're being honest.)

Sarwar's badge.
Realistically, given Johann Lamont's parting words - that Scottish Labour is treated as a branch office - it would be stupid to elect a Westminster MP as leader, which mean its probably what they'll do. That brings into the picture people like Douglas Alexander (he's the wide-eyed wee boy who'll say anything on TV) or Gordon Brown (who we simply cannot have because he's an international statesman imbued with far to much gravitas for such a menial role.) Then there's Jim Murphy (the Iraq War apologist/Trident fan boy corpse who toured the country on an empty crate) or we're back to Anas Sarwar (who the Daily Record thinks is super-bright, which is probably true in the context of the Daily Record.)

The Daily Record: Not just any old bog roll...
The reality is a wee bit different, no one wants the job. Its got to the point where Scottish towns and villages are unilaterally ruling themselves out of standing for the Leadership of Scottish Labour, I've already said as much via twitter and I urge you to do the same just in case - if you don't have an account, put a note in your sitting room window. The Scottish Labour leadership race has turned into a game of pass the parcel - some poor bugger is going to be left holding a turd lovingly swathed in bright blue wrapping paper they'll have no choice but to open.

To finish; who ever gets the job, it'll need to be someone who'll keep their seat. As Scottish voters continue to discover its not just being a Tory that is unpopular in Scotland, its being from a Westminster party. In the aftermath of the referendum campaign, 'Scottish' Labour has proven itself to be Westminster orientated to the core and its showing in the polls.

Toward the end of last week's BBC Question Time in Liverpool, the politically vacuous Caroline Flint (Lab) in reference to the referendum said to Alex Salmond: 'you lost, you lost, you lost!'. With Cameron hijacking the Scottish Devolution process for EVEL (English Votes for English Laws) and Labour now so transparently trying to protect its power-base in Westminster at the cost of devo promises made by Brown in the days before the 18th of September - during purdah no less...

The Yes Campaign may have lost, but Labour definitely did not win.


  1. Pa

    Are Labour now facing what the Tories did after Thatcher? They lost all of their so called smart MPs and were left with the not so good career researchers who have no experience of life but a hell of a lot of experience of entitlement.

    The simple truth is Labour have always viewed the Scottish branch as exactly that, the northern branch. It has just taken the MSPs and members a hell of a long time to figure that out, and even when they could do so much good by being honest and putting Scotland first, they continue to put party first and themselves first and that is why they will fail.

    Scotland looks to have moved on and they can't accept it. They think that the sheep will go back to normal and start blindly supporting Labour politicians and their lavish lifestyles while members continue to stay stupid and dying young.

    I have hated this party for a long time now, it all started for me when I really started to understand what they were about. They are worse than the Tories, with them at least you know that they will continue to protect the rich and shit on the poor, they have been doing it for a thousand years and won't stop anytime soon.

    labour learned that the elite mostly always win so they hang on to the coat tails like the cowards they are but get rich at our expense and the Tories are happy for them to get rich at poor people's expense because it maintains their natural order of privilege. We live in a disguting country.

    I can't really see anyone saving Labour in Scotland now, the rot has started and long may it continue. It isn't good for Scotland that there is no opposition but to be honest if it gets Scots to understand that there can be a different way then so be it. That includes the SNP also, I have re-joined and like many others expect to be consulted on policy and direction. I suspect that some within the SNP will have to do some soul searching also but at least this new membership is a chance to do things differently.

    Labour just can't accept that things have moved on and they are being left behind. It doesn't really matter who is their branch leader as they are all shit but I hope it's Murphy. The only one really on a par with Ballie, Lamont and Curran in the nasty stakes and someone who, once more people in Scotland have to see ore of will dislike even more. Plus the fact they are at Westminster will also reinforce the northern branch status, interesting and funny times. I wish them nothing but the very worst.


  2. Hi Bruce.

    Agree with all of your comment, I also believe Labour is on its way out - I don't think people in Scotland have quite figured (yet) its not left or right or the party name - its where its based.

    Now, bot main Westminster parties have shown their true colour - Labour look the worst and are the most hated because they seemed to have been most dishonest about it.

    I've always said you knew where you stood with the Tories - they're a bunch of cold hearted bastards who walk the walk. Labour on the other hand say one thing then do the opposite.

    I never have nor ever will vote Labour, even after independence. They would need to be an entirely different organisation entirely bereft of any of the faces currently involved.

    Thanks always for reading, its always appreciated.


Thanks for comment as always and I apologise if you have to jump through any hoops to do so. Its just that, I'm still being spammed by organisations who are certain I can't get it up or when it is up its not big enough or that I don't have anyone to get it up for.

Who knew blogging could be so bad for ones self-confidence?