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The Hypocrisy Of Labour’s Anti-SNP Smears

I realize the Labour Party sees Scotland as its natural territory. For decades, Labour has dominated the country politically. However, it has, to use Johann Lamont’s words, treated Scottish Labour as a branch of the party at Westminster. Furthermore, Labour has ignored the wishes of their voters and regarded them as errant children when they complain about neoliberal policies being enacted in Westminster and forced down Scottish throats. This has all come back to bite Scottish Labour on the arse. The Scottish National Party saw the void left behind when SLab slid to the right by adopting the neoliberal orthodoxy and filled it. What party wouldn’t do that? This is called ‘politics’ and the SNP played a blinder.

I saw a tweet earlier on my timeline from a Labour activist that read something along the lines of “The SNP’s right wing roots”. However, as I pointed out in this blog, the SNP was formed from the larger social democratic National Party of Scotland and the smaller, centre-right Scottish Party. Labour has always had its right-wing and they have worked hard to marginalize the left in the party, even going as far as to sign up to Atlanticist projects initiated by the CIA. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Jim Murphy on the political council of the neo-conservative Henry Jackson Society?

What Labour activists conveniently forget is how, in 2012,  local party branches in Scotland formed coalitions with the Tories in Stirling and Aberdeen City Councils. Selective memory loss or bald hypocrisy? Maybe it’s a combination of the two.

In Aberdeen.

Labour and the Conservatives have joined forces to form an administration in Aberdeen.

Labour had the most councillors on the city council after last week’s elections.

BBC Scotland revealed that as well as the Conservatives the coalition will rely on the support of three Independents. Labour’s Barney Crockett will be the new council leader.

The SNP and Lib Dems will form the opposition on the council.

In Stirling:

Labour and Conservative members on Stirling Council have agreed to run the local authority together.

Both parties said their priority would be balancing the local authority’s books over the next two years.

The deal comes despite the SNP returning nine councillors at last week’s local election compared with Labour’s eight and the Tories’ four.

The Nationalists ran Stirling Council as a minority administration between 2008 and May 2012.

The SNP condemned the coalition deal, calling it a “betrayal” for the people of Stirling.

To SLab and all Labour Party activists who spread this nonsense about the SNP: isn’t it time you admitted that you’ve taken Scottish voters for granted and would even do a deal with Satan himself to grab power? As far as Scotland is concerned, you’ve lost it. Try focussing on the real enemy instead: the Tories. You messed up in Scotland. Have the good grace to admit it and move on. That means dumping Murphy as leader of SLab. One more thing, Unionism is a form of nationalism whether you want to admit to that or not.

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The Labour Party Doesn’t Work With Nationalists? Pull The Other One

Last night, Ed Miliband confirmed that he would not do a deal of any kind with the Scottish National Party. In the event of a hung parliament, Miliband and his Labour Party would seemingly prefer that the Tories formed the next government than seek a confidence and supply arrangement with the SNP. Yes, you read that correctly, Miliband is apparently happy to condemn the voters to five more years of Tory cruelty. Thanks a lot.

If the Labour Party has a problem with nationalism, then it is a selective problem. Labour has traditionally relied on the support of The Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland – an Irish nationalist party. During the Lib-Lab pact of the late 1970s, the SDLP supported the Labour government of Jim Callaghan but withdrew their support over Sunny Jim’s concessions to the Ulster Unionist Party that gave them more seats. The SDLP voted with the Tories in the no confidence motion that triggered the 1979 general election. Yet it’s the SNP that is still castigated for ‘ushering in’ the Thatcher regime. This is nothing but a myth. The last time I checked, the SDLP still wanted a united Ireland too. During the 2010 election, there was even talk of Labour doing a coalition deal with the Lib Dems, the SDLP, the Alliance Party and the Greens. This came to nothing.

The SDLP was formed in 1970 from two parties: Gerry Fitt’s Republican Labour Party and the smaller, but no less nationalist, National Democratic Party. The latter practised abstentionism and the former disagreed with that position. The Republican Labour Party had, itself, been formed from Fitt’s Socialist Republican Party and Harry Diamond, the sole representative of the Irish Labour Party north of the border, who’d left that party to join Fitt’s party. Confused? Don’t be. The joke going around at the time was “two one-man parties had become a one two-man party”.

Curiously, in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the SDLP refused to do a deal with Sinn Féin (the third largest party in the 1918 General Election) and is now quietly supporting the Democratic Unionist Party and Ulster Unionist Party at Stormont.

SDLP rejects Sinn Fein’s proposal for a progressive pact.

SDLP rules out SF election pact to counter unionist deal.

SDLP ‘silent partners in unionist election pact

If the SDLP carries on at this rate, it will go the same way as Scottish Labour.

Labour also worked in coalition with Plaid Cymru in the Welsh Assembly from July 2007 to December 2009. It was called the One Wales agreement. My, what short memories we have!

The three main parties (and UKIP) seem content to alienate Scotland which, ironically, works against their best efforts to cling onto the decaying union. The attitude towards Scottish voters has been nothing short of contemptuous. It’s as if to say “If you vote SNP, we’re not going to listen to you”. It would seem that Labour is prepared to work with nationalist parties, as long as they’re not Scottish nationalists.

If the union is broken up, it will be mainly the fault of the three main parties (and UKIP) for whipping up fear and anti-Scottish hatred among English and Welsh voters.

Unionists: they can’t even shoot themselves in the foot properly.

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The UKIP leadership contest, multi-millionaire donors and the Tory connection

When old duffer and reactionary, Lord Malcolm Pearson of Rannoch was elected leader of UKIP in November of last year, most people thought, “Who”? Pearson, a former Tory peer, courted controversy when he invited the racist Geert Wilders to show his film, Fitna, to the House of Lords.  When pressed on their choice of film-viewing, UKIP explained that this was all about ‘free speech’ and to hell with all this ‘political correctness’. The fact that Wilders film was a blatant piece of xenophobic sensationalism was neither here nor there.

I knew that Pearson wouldn’t last long. He didn’t seem to have a clue about running a party. In his television appearances, he came across as a relic of imperial Britain… unlike the suave and smarmy Nigel Farage who ostensibly quit as leader to concentrate on trying to unseat John Bercow. Farage ended up in hospital after crashing a light aircraft in the environs of Buckingham while trying to make a final plea to voters to abandon the Tories. It was hopeless; the people of Buckingham weren’t impressed with UKIP or Farage’s stunts and returned Bercow to the speaker’s chair.

For all of UKIP’s denials, they are a party of assorted cranks and racists. This article from the Evening Standard tells the story of a UKIP parliamentary candidate who was suspended from the party over racist remarks he made. He was then reinstated weeks later.

The blog UKIPwatch claims that there is a network of multi-millionaire donors who pump money into the party and their associated think-tanks.

It has now been revealed that one of the Eurosceptic’s biggest financial backers is a publicity-shy Swiss-born banker who funds a network of obscure eurosceptic groups, including one run by UKIP leader Lord Pearson. Little known outside the City, Henry Angest has funnelled vast amounts of money to Eurosceptics, according to an Observer investigation.

The Observer has established that he donates to Global Britain, a thinktank run by Pearson, which attacks the “project of European union… as a bad idea, like slavery, communism and high-rise flats”. In 2008, a year after Pearson quit the Tories to join UKIP, Flowidea’s accounts show it donated £10,000 to Global Britain. Filings at the Electoral Commission reveal Global Britain gave £80,000 to UKIP in 2009.

What is interesting is that the same donors also contribute to the Tory party. Henry Angest

has also given almost £7m to the Tories in loans and donations over the past nine years. The fact the Tories are being bankrolled to such an extent by a fiercely eurosceptic UKIP-sympathising City grandee threatens to embarrass David Cameron, who has tried to cast off his party’s image as virulently anti-Brussels.

That’s interesting, so UKIP share donors with the Tory Party? This is revealing given the fact that Cameron has done his utmost to distance the Euroscepticism of the  Conservatives from the wild-eyed Euroscepticism of UKIP.

But Angest’s support for Pearson’s anti-Brussels thinktank suggests one of the Tories’ most powerful backers does not share Cameron’s belief that Ukip members are “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists”. Pearson yesterday confirmed Angest had donated money to his thinktank. “Henry is a fine egg,” he said. “It’s a shame he’s giving money to the wrong party.”

Curious.

But is there a real quantifiable difference between the more extreme Tory Eurosceptics and UKIP? Quite probably not. Both parties want out of Europe and both parties like to wear their libertarian (sic) credentials on their sleeve.

The day Pearson resigned, Mad Dan offered this hagiography,

In fact, the merest glance at Malcolm’s CV would have revealed a more rounded picture. Malcolm Pearson is a brilliant businessman. His wealth was his own, honestly acquired (though he has given much of it away to various campaigns and charities), and his title was a working peerage, one of Margaret Thatcher’s last appointments.

A “brilliant  businessman” who gave lots of money to charidee…aw, bless his wee  cotton socks!

He is also searingly honest. The BBC seemed taken aback by his admission, in his resignation statement, that “I am not much good at party politics, which I do not enjoy”. It is certainly true that, during the recent election campaign, Malcolm gave one spectacularly bad interview, in which he seemed to be unfamiliar with the contents of the UKIP manifesto (though, to be strictly fair, the passage being quoted at him wasn’t from the manifesto, but from a separate policy document).

So you’re saying that he wasn’t au fait with his own party’s  manifesto or seemed unaware of his own party’s policies? That isn’t much good if you’re supposed to be the leader of a political party.

Anyway, let’s have a look at that interview,

Maybe Farage knew that Pearson was going to make a cock up of things and that his befuddled leadership would pave the way for his return –  in much the same way that John Swinney cocked up his spell as leader of the SNP and opened the door for Alex Salmond’s return in 2004. They were both caretakers.

Today, Hannan’s attention-seeking headline is “The BBC officially regards Eurosceptics as mad”. Hmmm, right, whatever next? He cites a piece of ‘research’ conducted by Pearson’s own think-tank, Global Britain, whose directors consist of 3 former Tories-turned-UKIPers and one former Labour Lord who now sits as an “Independent Labour” peer.  So no ‘bias’ there then? To be honest this doesn’t prove an official BBC policy of bias against Europhobes one way or the other.  But if the video that I have inserted into this blog is anything to go by, is it any wonder that the general public perception of Eurosceptics and, in particular, Pearson and the rest of UKIP, is one of fanaticism?

Farage is likely to become leader of UKIP for the second time. In a party that lacks identifiable characters, his face is the one that is recognized as the face of UKIP. One thing is for certain, fraternal relations between certain sections of the Conservative Party and UKIP will remain forever cordial. After all, they do share the same donors.

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