Thursday, April 12, 2007

Scottish Labour - A Sub Post Office

Labour in Scotland is a little bit like a sub post office – it’s always under threat of closure. The arguments that seem to be filling the comments section in the Scotsman as often as not seem to say that they’ve failed, but it’s usually linked to some policy or another that is controlled in London – the war, Trident, cash for peerages, or just about everything that Gordon Brown has done or has not done. The Joke is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t and so he has to march side by side by Gordon – perhaps they should be calling themselves the Solidarity Party. The SNP’s It’s Time slogan, while chosen to push the idea of it being their time perhaps unwittingly is saying ‘it’s about time’ for change. That’s how many voters seem to be feeling. There’s two problems with all this. The tradition of voting labour and an uncertainty about whether the SNP can hack it. God forbid people should decide to vote for the Nicol Stephen and his party of ‘I’.

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