“Wouldn't creating and autonomous Scottish Labour Party be a validation of the separatists assesrtion that scotland is different and should be governed differently than the rUk?”
No, what it would show is that the Labour Party has understood that the Scotland pre 18th September doesn’t exist anymore, the challenge is to face up to the new reality, this has nothing to do with what the SNP are doing, it’s about what is going on in the voters’ minds.
Terry, they want real change, not talk of change, not soundbytes and not being ignored.
“It is obvious that the Scottish Labour Party needs new and better leadership and that a charismatic and talented politician such as Jim Murphy could be a spear head for a renewal”.
It would be a mistake to think that one man could turn Labour round, the problem is a cultural thing, Labour never had anyone to challenge them, they never had to adapt, and while they didn’t they could just ignore people and do their own thing. Those days are coming to an end, seriously why vote for someone who will not represent you, it is almost like squandering your vote.
“Given that 55% of the Scottish population have just voted to remain in the UK and reject the separatists arguments, it is incredible that the leaderships of the Scottish Labour, Conservative and Lib Dems have allowed Yessers to have the political space and time to set the agenda and act as if they were the winners and continue to push for Independence”.
People voted No because the Yes Crowd came to the public without a prepared case, what do you think if they had the knowledge of what statehood actually entails, if they had gone down the road of a Scottish currency, if they had gone pro Faslane, if they had said the BBC would remain state broadcaster and addressed all the other huge mistakes.
It could have been a different story, their arrogance and stupidity killed indy for them.
“I don't disagree with your point that the SNP lacks talent, I would just add to that the same is true of the other three main parties, they have won the war and are busily losing the peace”.
And winning the peace requires those party not just to listen but to act on voters concerns, Ukip’s rise down south shows that trouble exists on both sides of the border, forget the referendum entirely for a moment and consider why the people have been ignored.
We have a political elite who have pushed their agendas to the detriment of ordinary people because they thought they were there to ‘manage’ people as their ‘rulers’ and not what they were elected to be their representatives.
And Terry, this is goes across all parties, some people elected to public office aren’t just lazy bastards; they really don’t have any interest in helping people.
Scotland is not the same country politically as it was before the 18th September and neither is England.
Of the contenders for leadership of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy stands out, but what does it say that there is so little talent in the MSP ranks?
Where is Labour's big thinkers of radical change?
Change is nothing to fear, if they don't then things will become rather difficult.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University