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Scottish Politics

Discussion in 'off topic' started by droodzilla, Aug 19, 2020.

  1. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    I've been meaning to start this thread for a while.

    My specific interest is in the Labour Party's strategy in Scotland. It's hard to see Labour ever forming a majority government without making some inroads, but I see no evidence of a strategy to win back Scottish seats and many of Labour's recent pronouncements (essentially hardening the pro-union position) will further alienate Scottish voters. So what gives?

    However, there's no reason the thread shouldn't range more widely, as I'm sure it will anyway. For example, on indeendence, and the SNP surge, I think this article is a good read:

    Maybe the author overstates the degree to which the indendence vote is driven by emotion, but he makes some interesting points.

    Anyway, let the carnage begin!
  2. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    I would recommend the documentary on Radio 4 that went out last night (17/08/20) - "Scotland's Uncivil War"

    Bottom line - a political party has at least two factions who don't get on but make an uneasy alliance. Whoddathoughtit?
  3. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Thanks, I'll check that out. I feel quite ignorant about the nuance of Scottish politics - especially the inner workings of the SNP.
  4. richardg

    richardg Admonishtrator

    I don't see how Labour has a chance whilst there is a party that appeals to the civic nationalists and the less savoury nationalists with exactly the same messages. Many of which have a whiff of populism about them, unintended possibly. But it's impossible to get away from it if breaking free is part of the strategy. Breaking free from what exactly? Expect a different answer from the different type of nationalist.

    They've not even needed to sack John Winney. It's win win for them until independence comes, I suspect.
  5. monkfish

    monkfish pfm Member

    Richard Leonard is one of Labours many problems in Scotland.
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  6. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Labour is doomed in Scotland for two reasons. Their traditional political ground was taken by the SNP and what’s left of the party is seen as part of the problem- they became indistinguishable from Westminster Tories when both shared an anti- independence platform at the 2014 referendum. The next year Labour lost 40 of their 41 seats to the SNP when the SNP took 56 of the 59 seats Scotland has at Westminster, what does that tell you?
    The only way back for Labour in Scotland is as a separate party supporting independence.
    Edit: Their stance on Brexit put the final nail in their coffin- the six seats they won in 2017 were wiped out when Johnson called the 2019 GE.
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  7. Brian

    Brian Eating fat, staying slim

    Yet these 56 seats were delivered on just 50% of the vote. Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats got just one representative each for the other 46.7%

    Source: First-Past-the-Post electoral system is breaking up the UK.pdf

    What it tells most people is it is part of the issue with FPTP.

    With the right policies, a sensible challenge of SNP propaganda and false promises/lies, it should be possible for Labour to make some headway.

    Edit: Surely Corbyn and anti-semitism was also a nail in the coffin? That was the message from gassor, for example.
  8. thebigfredc

    thebigfredc pfm Member


    You are either very brave or very stupid - light the blue touch paper and stand back.

    Only a similar discussion around politics in NI could be more inflammatory.
  9. Kirk

    Kirk pfm Member

    Agree with TD's post. Labour Scotland don't currently have a credible role to play in the binary debates of independence and Brexit. Labour also lack talent (as the article mentions), which is relevant as SNP leadership doesn't present as a group of Nationalist nutters - and speaking of nutters, the nuttier Boris/Cons become, the higher the likelihood of wavering voters moving over to the SNP. Tricky times for Labour (and the Cons) north of the border.
  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    That’s my view- Boris Johnson is going to do all the work.
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  11. monkfish

    monkfish pfm Member

    Jackson Carlaw done his bit to further the cause as well, that's why he's gone.
  12. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    As Dec noted up-thread, Labour and Scottish Labour need to properly split in order for the latter to challenge the SNP. I also think a lot of damage was done around the time of the gulf war as Tony Blair took the country to war and didn't give two hoots about the public's obvious protestations. I know other stuff happened after that but the electorate up here didn't forget.
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  13. essgee

    essgee pfm Member

    Scottish politics, brave person who dives into this. Let's face it, there has to be something "fishy" about the SNP, just look at the surnames of the last two of its leaders for a start.
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  14. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK I had amnesia once or twice...

    Perhaps the Tories should put Amber Rudd in charge up there.
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  15. thebigfredc

    thebigfredc pfm Member

    or henry winkle(r)
  16. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Put it this way, I'm not especially brave. :)
  17. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Drood,is anyone in the party brave enough to float the idea of a separate Scottish Labour Party standing at Westminster?
  18. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    I don't know enough about it to be honest. My impression is that the Scottish Labour Party is more pro-unionist than the party as a whole. I also seem to remember John McDonnell being open-minded about a second independence referedum, but getting shot down for it. Meanwhile, what little that's been said under Starmer has strongly reinforced the unionist line. All in all, the prospect look bloody awful.
  19. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Worth remembering that in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 General Elections, Labour would still have won without Scotland.
  20. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    It's all too easy to put the SNP's popularity down purely to them being pro-independence however, while that is of course a factor, it's at least as big a factor that the other main parties have proved themselves completely incompetent in an Scottish context. With the Tories that'll be down to them never having been interested in Scotland, but in Labours case it's down to the UK party only appearing interesting in the political situation in England and abandoning their core support up here (a key example being Brexit, however the decline started well before that was a factor). The LibDems of course are just as dead in Scotland as they are elsewhere, and it'll be a while before they recover from betraying everyone for the whiff of a ministerial car or two.

    Given the Stalinist approach to dissent that Labour has taken in recent years it would have been difficult for anyone in the Scottish party who wanted to keep their job to do anything other than toe the party line, so it is difficult to tell whether the few elected officials they still have in Scotland are so pro-unionist because that's how they really feel, or whether it was to appease their masters in Westminster.
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