Denial is what Scottish Labour has been going through more or less non stop since 2007, if you know what taking the huff is, then just scale it up to get the picture what the Scottish Labour Party is going through.
Here are a few videos to get you a feel of what I am trying to put across.
And of course the real family fav:
The 2007 election came and went, and saw the SNP installed as a minority government.
The next thing which was to happen was denial; Scottish Labour sat for four years at Holyrood and did nothing constructive. That wasn’t the start of the rot for the Labour Party; there had been a decade of dissatisfaction which had been growing with the public.
the Labour Party rammed up council tax year on year, people paid more and
services didn’t improve. When
the SNP offered a five year freeze, they pulled the rug right out from Labour
who if I remember rightly came up with a two year freeze.
The real problem lying under the surface which festered like an open sore was Labour politicians who were effectively refusing to help people, ignoring people and in some cases enacting policies which were detrimental, usually to those at the bottom of society.
Scottish Labour were effectively killing off their own core support, and actively giving them reasons to find another party. Since Scottish Labour wouldn’t do what was required, the public were slowly draining away towards the party of protest which is the SNP.
The 2011 election in
Scotland was to produce an
extraordinary event, a majority SNP Government, something which the electoral
system wasn’t supposed to produce, but in this case, it did. After four years
of being entirely meaningless in Scottish politics, the Labour Party was
crushed again; however, it still managed to hold the position of official
The rot was spreading, although in 2012, Labour did manage to hold Glasgow, this wasn’t due to skill, it was done to the SNP being an ineffective opposition led by the Sturgeon crony Allison Hunter who was incapable as a leader. It may have seemed like green shoots of recovery but in reality the Labour Party hadn’t reached the tipping point just yet.
The tipping point was to come in 2014, after being letdown again and again and again, the ordinary people of
Scotland mostly at the lower end of
society had been disenfranchised by the Westminster Government, the system was
broken and it was to become much worse.
Working class people stripped of dignity felt they had nothing to lose, the system had failed them and they wanted change. Punished by
Westminster regardless whether it was Labour or
Conservative Governments; it made no difference or sense to them to be part of
It was Labour who introduced the Bedroom tax, it was Labour who introduced the ATOS scandal which was to dominate a social justice agenda, while Labour MPs enjoyed high wages and expenses, the poor were abused.
The Conservatives maybe running with the torch, but the flame and the journey was started by the Labour Party.
2014 was the awakening that the Scottish Labour Party representatives could be voted out, and people right across Scotland did so in their thousands, post 2014, the next election was Westminster, the result was extraordinary, the worst election result for Scottish Labour in 100 years. All Labour MPs bar one were voted out of public office, the good swept away by the actions of the bad.
2016, the Scottish Labour Party defeated the year before faced an angry Scottish public yet again, a public not willing to listen to a party who had stopped listening decades ago. The result, the Scottish Labour Party loses yet again and becomes the third party of Holyrood.
Scottish Labour was dying; but the people running it wouldn’t face the truth, their policies and their people weren’t wanted.
We are now in 2017, far from improving the same mindset of failure continues to dominate the leadership’s thinking, for them it isn’t what the people want, it isn’t what they can do for the people or Scotland; it is about them following their agenda.
Scottish Labour hasn’t accepted the message that the public aren’t coming back because the people running the Scottish Labour Party aren’t wanted, and no new shiny policy or gimmick fixes that problem.
It seems that Scottish Labour is set for heavy defeat in Scottish council elections according to a new poll, so to cut to the chase, the number is 14%.
14% of Scots are saying that they will vote for the Labour Party, the party’s internal polling some months ago painted a black picture of 15%, since then the decline continues, the wider picture is that support for Scottish Labour has more than halved since the last local government elections in 2012.
A Panelbase poll of 1,028 voters found;
Scottish Labour 14%
Scottish Conservatives 26%,
Liberal Democrats 5%,
Scottish Greens 4%
A Labour spokesman said:
“In May, voters across
Scotland face a choice between
electing Labour candidates who will stand against SNP cuts to local services
and will oppose a second independence referendum, or SNP candidates who will
seek to divide communities. Labour believes that together we’re stronger.”
Voters face a bigger choice than just choosing between Labour and the SNP; however the Scottish Labour Party spokesman tries to paint a choice which is effectively narrow. This election has given the people of
the opportunity to have a rainbow of political representation.
I don’t like the spin of what is said above for several reasons, it isn’t a choice between Labour and SNP for a start, and secondly to finish off his pitch, he is using the tag, “together we’re stronger”, this signifies that he is only repeating what he is told to say, this isn’t an interaction it is a proclamation, he isn’t talking ‘to the people’, he is talking ‘at the people’.
If there is a mass slaughter of Scottish Labour Councillors at the ballot box in May, then the Labour spokesman may find himself out of a job as money from Councillors helps to fund Labour Party staff.
I said last year at the time of the 15% internal Labour Party polling that Scottish Labour had further to fall, George Laird right again!
Finally, I found this picture above, 'I'm voting No'!, ironically I thought it would give the readership a laugh because given the dysfunctional way the Scottish Labour Party operate, I expect a huge number of Scots have already decided to vote no anyway to Scottish Labour.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at