I will let the world into a guilty secret of mine.
Once long ago I was a member of the Labour party.
This was at a time before I really knew all that much about politics,and my membership lasted for only one year, but in reality,I had removed myself after only three months.
What was it that attracted me to Labour,all those many years ago?
It all happened back in the day when I believed their rhetoric,and I believed they really did support Social Justice. The values they espoused about fairness and standing up for the working man, I completely believed in.
I also believed that they were in politics for the right reasons, to stand up for their constituents rights, to be truly representative of the people and their communities, to stand up for the principle of free education, a free health service,of defending the underdog against a corrupt system, to stand up for the weak against the strong, to abolish poverty and fight corruption.
But I also believed that they stood for Scotland, because of the likes of Gordon Chisholm, Dennis Canavan and John McAllion who were a member of Scottish Labour Action, which put them on the Scottish-nationalist wing of the Labour Party, and as befitted members of the Scottish Labour Action group strongly favoured home rule for Scotland, and was often outspoken in their defence of civic-minded Scottish nationalism.
Only Gordon Chisholm remains in the triumvirate I mentioned,as a member of Labour today.
It was with these Rosy pink spectacles on, that I made the decision to join Labour.
Within three months, and after attending some meetings, I quickly rescinded that decision and all I had previously imagined about Labour.
I was horrified to discover that they did not in the slightest support the concept of an Independent Scotland,and Indeed their idea of home rule, was their Rule.
What I witnessed and heard, only spoke of self interest and self aggrandizement. I walked out, never to be seen again.
One of that group was Des Browne a local solicitor,the same Mr Browne is now Lord Browne. How have the mighty fallen.
A few years later I spoke to one or two of the old guard in these days. One of them, who had been a staunch Trade Unionist and District Councillor, shook his head in disgust at what Tony Blair had led Labour to become. In his view, New Labour had sold out their values for personal greed. He never voted for them again.
Another old chap I met, was doing the rounds leafleting at election time, and I stopped to speak to him. He also was sad at what Labour had become, but he carried on just the same, because It was what he always supported. He could bear to break those ties, and only wished for the wheel to turn once more,and become the party he knew.
He is dead now, and I thank God he is, for he would have been broken hearted by his parties moral demise.
What either of these gentlemen would have made of the carryings on of Labour in Glasgow City Council today, I shudder to think.
I followed some of the events taking place over twitter, and watched on as reports came in of defections, disgraceful language bordering on Slander from the Labour leader as they bullied and pressured dissenting former colleagues to vote with them,even stooping to hint at threaten a woman councillor over her sons livliehood working for the the council, if she did not vote with them.
BBC reported Labour sending Taxi’s to take ill councillors out of their sick beds to vote.
It reminded me more of the Kremlin than Glasgow City Chambers. Or perhaps have Labour retained the worst of Soviet Socialism as they embraced Conservative Market Capitalism?
The Labour party in Scotland has become a horror to behold.
The corruption, the Lying, the deceit, the threatening behaviour, the bullying of their own people, is all quite sickening.
How has it all come to this sorry pass. And I am truly sorry it has, because I have known some truly great Labour people and they have been wonderful friends, but the party machine is corrupt to its core and no longer represents them, or the people, only themselves.
Power at any cost is their new motto.
I want with every fibre of my being to see an Independent Scotland, but we need to look beyond Independence.
It cannot be healthy to begin again as a Natiion, and find that there is no party fit for opposition, never mind aspiring to government, to challenge the SNP. It is unhealthy for a democracy to have such a state.
Those of Socialist Labour, Liberal and Conservative values need to get their acts together, those within these parties who support Independence need to speak out. I know they are all there, be brave and stand up to be counted, for it is with such as those that our democracy survives.
What price Independence if half our countries political parties are held to be toxic?
We only need listen to our other news today, that Scots men have the highest suicide rate in the UK, 80% higher than England and Wales, to know that something is dreadfully wrong with how this countries health is.
50 years ago, we were in better shape in our mental health than England and Wales, now look at us!
For all our sakes we need to bring Hope and Aspiration back to Scotland, and the only way to get out of this damn awful mess, is to regain our confidence and pride and ambition, for ourselves and for our country.
Independence will give us that boost. Staying where we are in this unequal disproportionate Union will drown us all.
The Union is poisonous to our health.
Choose Life, Choose Scotland.