Why Scottish Labour are a joke issue 234: Ian Murray MP
The SNP Holyrood Election manifesto for 2016, contained the following election pledge.
We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum…if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.
In that election the SNP were voted into government, winning 63 seats. The Green party, who are also pro independence got 6 seats.
This means that there is a pro independence majority in Holyrood and the biggest party was elected on a pledge to have the right to call a referendum under certain circumstances.
On the 23rd of June, Scotland emphatically voted to remain in the EU while the UK voted to leave it.
Subsequently, the Scottish government have come up with compromise proposals to enable Scotland to stay in the single market while remaining in the UK. It has become clear that the UK government are not going to allow those proposals to happen.
So, to recap, the current Scottish government were elected on a promise of calling a second independence referendum if a specific thing happened and then that thing actually happened. The Scottish Government then tried to compromise and that compromise was ignored.
I’m doubting my sanity, I might need to consult a dictionary for the meaning of the word mandate:
the authority to carry out a policy, regarded as given by the electorate to a party or candidate that wins an election.
OK, I seem to be sane, Cue Ian Murray, probably Scottish Labour’s last ever MP. Today he said:
The SNP have absolutely no mandate for another independence referendum.
And if they try to push one through, Scottish Labour will oppose it in the Scottish Parliament.
In other words Scottish Labour are going to try to subvert what the Scottish electorate actually voted for.
We have said this before and we will say it again, Scottish Labour’s attitude to a second referendum is political suicidal. They don’t understand that independence is the only lever we have to affect policy at Westminster. Even if they are ideologically against independence, which is fair enough, keeping the option open gives Scottish politicians more power over the Brexit process. It’s so blindingly obvious that it’s embarrassing to think about what must go through the minds of Scottish Labour strategists.
Ian Murray’s solution is the old nugget of a Federal UK. We have been down this road before as well.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea but it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen for the same reason that we are being dragged out of the EU against our will. For the same reason we seldom get the governments we vote for in Scotland. For the same reason we can’t remain in the European Single Market. It’s not going to happen because it’s not what England wants and Scotland doesn’t have the power to alter that.
Furthermore, there is no UK political party capable or willing to deliver a Federal UK. So Scottish Labour and their one MP can bang on about it all they wish. They won’t get it if they don’t have any leverage to persuade the bulk of Westminster MP’s who represent constituencies that don’t want a federation. By pretending no mandate exists for independence Scottish Labour forego that leverage. The fact that the mandate is blatant makes them look stupid.
It’s a stupidity they will pay for harshly at the local council elections.