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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Scottish Labour Pains

Unpublished Letter to The Herald, spat out 3rd March.

A reaction to yesterday's vote in Holyrood in which a motion to ask Chancellor George Osbourne to rethink a proposed hike in fuel duty was passed by 83 votes to none, with 46 abstentions by Scottish Labour.


Is there anything Iain Gray and company won't disagree with? They seem to bind free thought amongst their ranks the way the Chinese used to bind women's feet, with similar effects on the end product, leaving a twisted, stunted and deformed mindset. 

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that they had abstained on a vote to ask George Osbourne to think again on raising fuel duty. It is to be hoped the S.N.P. make full use of this one in the election campaign. An abstention in a parliamentary vote should mean one of two things: "We haven't made our minds up" or "We have no opinion on this". Scottish Labour seem to have come up with a third; "Ya boo, sucks." 

To my mind, they've just demonstrated exactly why they aren't fit for office: they are clearly stupid. On one issue on which a near unanimity of view exists throughout Scotland, they have just stuck two fingers up at the electorate out of infantile spite. Voters tend to react badly to such behaviour. 

Even those who don't support the S.N.P. have expressed admiration, albeit often grudgingly, at the way they formed a minority administration and have seen out a full term. This example of consensus politics, where compromise has been demonstrated as a mature response rather than a weakness, has been a breath of fresh air in the fouled atmosphere of Scottish and U.K. politics. 

With enemies like this, the S.N.P. hardly need friends. By this measure, to ensure another term, they should put before Parliament a motion ceding office to Labour. What Ian MacWhirter recently described as "brain-dead oppositionism" would ensure that it was voted down by 83 votes to none with 46 abstentions.

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