Capital Sense

Yesterday was a somewhat perplexing day, as word filtered out about the discussions between the parties in the aftermath of the results of the Council elections on Friday.
The interpretations spun about the results by the BBC and Unionist supporting papers, and commentators, had been extensively trashed over the weekend as the figures began to be properly analysed.
Some focus was still spent on Glasgow and Labours surprising Majority hold there. There had even been whispers that the SNP had been punished by some football supporting Glaswegians for their introduction of the Sectarian Bill, and also for the mild support given to Rangers as a major business by the First Minister, hoping that the club would be saved and the possible impact their loss may mean to their traditional rivals Celtic. In effect that the SNP had been attacked by supporters of both sides.
Whether there was much truth or significance in these claims is not immediately verifiable, but it is interesting conjecture just the same.
Last evening much more disturbing claims were being voiced on the internet that Labour had held hustings in an Evangelical Church to the Orange Order, and that promises were delivered by Labour GCC Leader to the Orange Order that they would reverse restrictions called for by Strathclyde Police on Marches in return for the Orders support.
There has yet been any clear evidence that these allegations are true either, but there have been witnesses come forward to claim that this was their understanding and were present when these promises were delivered. Again however, we have no means yet of judging the veracity of this testimony, but I suppose if we were to apply the recent Labour and Unionist interpretation of truth, as applied by them to Alex Salmond in relation in to Rupert Murdoch, we would have to say that this unproven speculation is absolutely true, and that Gordon Mathieson and Labour must have behaved in such a disgraceful manner, and Labours desperate measures show them up as unprincipled beggars who would sell their souls for a whiff of power and prestige and wealth.
But I am not a Unionist nor a Labour supporter or politician, so I will give them the benefit of the doubt till we have clear evidence that conclusively proves the case.

The rest of the day was spent with newspaper reports claiming that deals were being struck all over the country between Labour and the Conservatives in order to keep the SNP out of control of councils.
Word quickly came through that Labour and Conservatives had reached agreement over East Lothian,Inverclyde and were endeavouring to do a deal in Edinburgh. The one that bucked that trend was East Renfrewshire which had quickly come to agreement to keep the same Labour/SNP coalition as before.

The major losses that the LibDems had suffered was definitely having a very marked effect on the shape of Councils.

News then came through that the expected SNP/Ind/Green coalition in Midlothian had been agreed, and for the first time Labour were out of power in that mining heartland.

It was not until late in evening that word started to come in, suggesting that the Labour/Conservative deal in Edinburgh might not be on after all.
There had been much outrage expressed at Labour getting into bed with the Tories everywhere, and particularly galling for their supporters in Edinburgh, where that combination had been responsible for inflicting the tram debacle on the Capital in the first place.
So when the Greens in Edinburgh refused to have anything to do with even playing a minor part of that toxic coalition, Labour must have had very quick second thoughts.
Eventually it was officially announced that the Capital was to be run by its two largest parties in coalition, Labour and the SNP.
At last common sense was beginning to break through, in favour of the people.
Immediately the decision was widely praised, as it made absolute sense that these two parties who often share similar social policies, should be a coalition that could work for the benefit of the people of Edinburgh.
Good news at last, tribalism put aside, and the people should be better for it.

If the two major parties of Scotland can put their tribal antagonism aside in Edinburgh, perhaps this outbreak of common sense can spread to Holyrood. the senseless animosity dumped, and Scotland benefit for it.
It may indeed be too much to wish for, but if this were to be the legacy of this years Council Election, It could prove to be the most historically important Council Election ever in Scotland History.

Is it by mere chance that this mornings Scotsman carries an article from the past Labour Chairman in Scotland Bob Thomson.

“FORMER Scottish Labour chairman Bob Thomson has said he will vote for independence if there is no second question on devo-max or home rule in the referendum .
Mr Thomson said if he was “pushed into a corner” in a straight yes-no question on whether Scotland should remain in the UK, he would back independence, warning others in the Labour and trade union movement would do the same.
His comments represent the first suggestion of backing for outright independence from any senior Labour figure in the run-up to the 2014 referendum. ”

I had been saying in previous articles that there was definite support in Scottish Labour circles for Independence, but quietly whispered rather than announced.
Here, on the back of the announcement of the Edinburgh coalition agreement, we have the first really significant Labour figure to actively come out and express such a view publicly.

Indeed, it all makes sense once you remove the tribalism, after all both Labour and the SNP formed from the same spring, with Keir Hardie and Cunningham Graham.

In the time between now and late 2014, Labour have a chance to reshape themselves in Scotland,and if they can gain some form of real autonomy from London Labour, they may actually start thinking for themselves,rather than of themselves, and that would only serve to benefit the people of Scotland.

Scotland historically has had problems with tribalism, and warring clans, whether it be the footballing tribes, the religious bigots, or the political tribal warfare between Labour and the SNP.
Opposition for oppositions sake is a worthless self defeating exercise which serves nobody, least of all the people.

Any endeavours to get off that destructive roller coaster, and work together or oppose only on reasoned principle should be applauded and encouraged, perhaps then, we may see an improvement in all our lives. We need a strong Scotland, not one ripped apart with internal political civil warfare.
I doubt it will change radically overnight, but positive moves in the right direction can only be good.

It all makes Capital Sense to me.

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About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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One Response to Capital Sense

  1. Brian Hill says:

    Well reasoned arguments from Capital Sense in this post. Clearly their are thousands in the Labour Party in Scotland who have as much love for their country as we do and who have done much to benefit this country. Unfortunately the power hungry tend to dominate and be heard more often than not.

    Equally there are those who see an Independent Scotland as a means of re-shaping the Labour Party along more idealistic lines. It sounds to me that while Bob Thomson would rather see a much stronger Holyrood within the UK he would rather see Scotland Independent than nailed to the status quo with limited progress for her peoples.

    As CS says, bob won’t be the only Labour figure thinking this and we can expect many more interesting and surprising announcements over the next 12 months never mind 30 months. VOTE YES in 2014

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