Hey everyone. I note with interest a story in today’s (Tuesday’s) National that Labour Party leader Ed Milliband was under pressure to rule out forming any sort of ailliance with the Conservatives after an English Labour MP Gisela Stuart who represents Birmingham Edgbaston called for a grand coalition between the two parties.
Once Keir Hardie, Nye Bevan, Jimmy Reid and other giants of the Labour and trade union movement have stopped spinning in their graves, I should perhaps explain that many of those who pass for Labour MP’s wouldn’t have been allowed a membership card in my political youth that was the 1980’s. Many of today’s crop and I include most of the shadow cabinet would have been told to jog on and join the Tories. The sad fact is that these days the party they fought would sooner do that than fight them.
Ms Stuart is the latest Labour figure to promote a closer relationship between the two parties. This however is not the first time this idea has been mooted by senior figure in her party. Indeed Lord Moonie of Kirkcaldy said recently that an ailliance with Tories would be preferable to one with the SNP. It is with this mind that I suggest a new slogan for Westminster’s toxic twins, instead of the laughable better together which they used during the referendum why don’t they use in it together? because believe me they are and they are in it up to their necks.
You see Ms Stuart and her friends don’t give a damn about Scotland and they never will. To them Scotland is some foreign sounding colony which is just a bit too poverty stricken for them to care about. There is of course an exception to this rule and that comes at election time when their jobs not to mention career prospects may be on the line. The thought of losing the cash cow is truly frightening to them, this means they have to at least pretend to care for three weeks every four or five years and you have no idea how much of an inconvenience this really is to them. Make no mistake last year’s independence referendum was meant to scare Scotland in to submission and put those of us whom London Labour like to describe as nasty nats back in to our box where we would stay for another 300 years or until the day came when it suited Westminster to let us go. This of course would be after they had bled us totally and completely dry and our remaining assets had been stripped faster than a chippendale at a ladies night.
Much to there disappointment however far from killing off the SNP and the cause of independence the result of the referendum has merely strengthened our resolve to finish the job we’ve started and if in the meantime that means holding Westminster’s feet so close to the fire that they’ll be burnt to a crisp if they don’t deliver a far greater degree of home rule than was promised in The Vow or by the Smith Commission, then that in increasing numbers is if opinion polls are to be believed is what Scottish voters trust us to do.
This terrifies the Labour Party to within an inch of it’s life and fearing electoral meltdown in some of it’s traditional Scottish heartlands Labour it seems has went in to full blown panic and the fact that some voices within the Labour Party would sooner go in to bed and sleep with the once hated enemy just to stop the SNP shows a party with a serious death wish.
Well, let’s look at the message this sends to the people of England. It says Labour can’t win without a compliant Scotland delivering a bloc of MP who will disappear on to the backbenches until they collect their pension or if they are one of the PM’s favourites a peerage. This is not only nonsense, it is insulting to the people of England and is actually a barefaced lie.
Having graduated with a geography and politics honours degree from a top Scottish university I spent a lot of time studying electoral behaviour not only in Britain but also in France, Germany and the United States. I can tell you that this a lie as I know that Labour would have won England only elections in both 1997 and 2001. Therefore Blair’s government only needed Scottish or indeed Welsh MP’s from 2005 onwards. The problem Labour face in England now was summed up recently by those good guys of the entertainment industry Ant And Dec who said recently that they couldn’t see Ed Milliband as Prime Minister material. In other words Labour has a credibility problem, voters don’t believe it’s leader can lead. Now I don’t know about you dear readers but if I lived in England and I was torn between voting Labour or Tory and I had got wind of this I would end up voting Tory. Well if a team captain admits defeat before he takes the field then his team might as well not bother turning up for the game.
The fact that Labour are even contemplating a grand coalition with a government which is so right wing it could put Margaret Thatcher to shame is in my opinion disgusting beyond all measure. When you add to the mix that a member of Labour’s Scottish Policy Forum has advocated that Labour voters vote Tory or Liberal Democrat in 16 Scottish seats shows a party so blinded by hatred for the SNP that they are willing to see the election of a Tory government rather than see Scotland make progress is in my book completely moronic. On the bright side however the SNP must be smiling at the fact that when Labour try to sell their vote SNP get Tory drivel that they’ve been getting away with for decades the voters can answer back by saying we know who the real Tories actually are and we are looking straight at them. This would unnerve these sensitive little creatures and even the suggestion of a grand coalition could be a very real problem for the toxic twins of in it together. Indeed it may be the suicide note from the politically dead which confines a once great party to the political dustbin. I for one certainly hope so
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