So the SNP have walked home in the Holyrood election with a majority. The whole election campaign Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories were talking about a vote for SNP being a vote for independence. The SNP barely mentioned it.
48 hours after the results are known the media has had saturation coverage of an independence referendum. This morning on the Sunday morning politics programmes Labour and Tory politicians were wheeled out and attacked the SNP because of all the talk of independence.
The tory went as far as to repeat the Wendy Alexander Bring it on taunt to the SNP.
As daft as the phrase sounds, there is a minor point. In 2007 the SNP promised a referendum in 100days, er a year, er within the first term of office. The unionists allied in opposition enough to make the SNP bottle holding one. They are now hinting about one towards the end of the current term.
In addition the Tories supported holding the AV referendum even though advocated a No vote. If they see that the two positions are not contradictory then why do these parties not support having the referendum but then campaign against a Yes to independence result?
So on the one side you have the SNP trying to delay implementing the policy they exist for.
On the other you have the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour trying to block a referendum for a variety of public reasons (mainly cost) and private reasons (they don’t want it to pass). The arguments against didn’t stop Tories and Lib Dems supporting the recent AV referendum. Nor Labour the slightly less recent referendum on more powers for the Welsh Assembly.
As ever the goalposts have moved.
In the past few weeks Labour were saying a vote for SNP is a vote for independence. Presumably now they would insist a referendum has to take place first?
Of course rags like the Daily Mail are a bit miffed. Apparently the rest of the UK needs to vote on Scotland being independent, it’s not just those in Scotland. To use the old argument, a husband and wife would both need to agree to a divorce or if only 1 wants it be forced to stay together?
Quite pathetic really.
Of course the logical end of this argument is ignored.
The first commenter on the article Muggins, Manchester I want out of the Union as well; the European Union. What’s the betting we don’t get a referendum on that one!.
So does Muggins think that a UK referendum on leaving the EU would only be valid if the rest of the EU voted that the UK could leave?
A lot of people in Dundee will have received a big pile of election leaflets through the door today. Sadly the SSP is quite low on finances and opted to only have a Royal Mail delivered leaflet in a small area of the country. SSP activists will be out in other areas, holding stalls and putting leaflets through doors ourselves.
We hold stalls and leaflet houses throughout the year, not just at election time. All done by activists and members of the parties. Unlike some which we won’t mention, we don’t hire non-members to go and leaflet for us…
The Scottish Socialist Party have announce the full lists for all 8 regions of the Scottish Parliament. Everyone in Scotland will be given the chance to vote for the SSP on May 5th 2011.
The North East List is as follows
With your first vote you vote in your constituency – Dundee City West, Dundee City East etc. With your second you can select one party on the regional list. That’s where you can vote for Scottish Socialist Party – Fight the Cuts
The SSP welcomes the eventual abolition of Prescription Charges. You may have read the headlines on April the 1st and thought it was a joke, but it has finally happened.
When the SSP were in Holyrood during the 2003-2007 term Colin Fox put forward a Bill to do just that. You can read his reaction here.
If only Labour hadn’t voted against it back then, we would have had free prescriptions for the past 4 years too.
If you want more of the same then putting more SSP MSPs into Holyrood will push these issues onto the political agenda. The other parties could ignore these obscene charges for 50 years but when shown the level of support for the abolition of charges, were slowly won over to support them too.
The SSP have announced our top of the list candidates for the Holyrood elections next year.
In the North East (Dundee’s region) Angela Gorrie is no1.
The Scottish Socialist Party has unveiled it’s lead candidates for the Scottish Parliament regional lists for the election to be held in May 2011.
The list includes two former MSPs, Colin Fox and Frances Curran, SSP councillor on West Dunbartonshire council, Jim Bollan, along with leading SSP activists.
The SSP’s decision to contest all Scottish Regional lists will mean that every voter in Scotland will have the opportunity to vote for Scotland’s socialist party, founded in 1999.
The Scottish Socialist Party will campaign for the rejection of public spending cuts, for an alternative policy putting people before profit and for the core policy of the party, an independent socialist Scotland.
SSP co-spokesperson Colin Fox said;
Working people are being hammered by the neo-liberal policies of the four establishment parties in Scotland.
The Scottish Socialist Party is the only political party in Scotland that stands up for working people and we will be campaigning for an independent socialist Scotland in the coming Scottish Parliament elections as we have done in every election since our founding in 1999.
No doubt readers of this blog have been amused by the kerfuffle over the leadership election. Which anointed one won effecting so much after all.
It’s been 2 days and already the spinning is on overdrive. According to the Daily Sexpress
With brother David, he was surrounded frequently by socialist theoreticians and Labour activists while growing up in Primrose Hill, north London.
Stirring stuff. Man the barricades.
The Daily Hate Mail probably has some rant about how Labour will now be chucking Lords out of manors to fill it with gypsies or something but whilst checking I became too amused by this subheadingDarling in swipe at Balls over Labour’s need for a ‘credible’ deficit plan to bother looking at their delusional rambling any further.
Iain Gray (that’s the Labour leader in Scotland by the way, you probably have as much chance of recognising him as Nick Clegg on May 1st.) has suddenly decided that the minimum wage should be raised. His colleagues probably forgot to bring it up during their 8 years in charge of Holyrood along with all the other reforms they will no doubt decide are really worthy now that they are out of power. He doesn’t really mention anything about the institutionalised age discrimination inbuilt into it by Labour though. That’s where your wage can jump up a pound overnight in your birthday for some yet to be explained or defended reason.
Jim McGovern meanwhile thinks that Ed will return Labour to traditional Labour values and move to the left. Given Labours history over the last few decades further moves to the right would be pretty difficult. It really would take a real lurch to the left to move them into the area of Social Democracy never mind anything further to the left.
Tomorrow, the people of Scotland go to the poll to elect their local authority councillors and MSPs. For the past few months Dundee SSP have been campaigning on the five policies we have highlighted for our campaign:
Free Public Transport
100,000 new council houses
Free School Meals
Scrap Council Tax
We hope that we have won support on these important issues at a local and national level. Bleary eyed and tired we will find out at about 6-7 on Friday morning.
Whatever happens, we will be back out in housing estates, communities and the city centre on a variety of campaigns over the next four years and beyond. You will see us again before the whole shibang starts again before the next elections and the big business parties remember you exist.