I find somewhat baffling that there still appears to be a solid core of Scottish voters who appear to suspend all rational belief and continue to vote for Labour in significant numbers.
The fact that labour had 7000 votes in the Donside by-election, some 2000 short of the SNP, and indeed won two council by-elections in Edinburgh and Glenrothes on the same night proves that they still carry a significant level of support.
Personally I find it hard to understand the rationale and reasoning that Scots No Better Together supporters apply too, in the face of an almost entire absence of a positive case for Scotland remaining in the union.
I personally struggle to comprehend their cognitive processes, or lack of?
Is there really a hard core of masochistic Scots? I refuse to believe that they are all as thick as two short planks, In fact I know that they are not all lacking in basic intelligence. So what is it exactly that they are trying to hold onto? Some sense of symbolism? A quite strange attachment to a flag? A mistaken and possibly deluded sense of loyalty to something called Britishness? Some personal self gain of some description?
Goodness knows, I am well and truly flummoxed.
For some Labour supporters, they appear to be adhering to some primeval sense of tribalism, or loyalty to a party which no longer exists worthy of the name. The Labour party of today is so far divorced in ethos and social values from that of Keir Hardie and Bevan that it would be impossible for these forefathers of the Labour movement to even recognise them, other than as another version of the Tory party.
Why do Trade Unions even continue to affiliate themselves to this Right wing conservative movement?
As I say…It is all rather strange to me.
It is not even that they are lacking of the proof, It is not even being hidden from them, it is right in front of their eyes.
Take the latest pronouncements by Milliband today as an instance.
Under the Headline by the Heralds political editor today, “Milliband: Austerity must stay”
He writes thus:
“ED Miliband will today warn his party and voters that Labour will have to stick to the “hard reality” of austerity and cannot now promise to reverse any of the £11.5 billion of extra cuts for 2015/16, which the Chancell or will set out in a spending review on Wednesday”
“He will insist his government would not reverse the Coalition’s current spending cuts unless other cuts could be found from elsewhere or taxes were raised. He will insist Labour would not borrow any more money to make up the difference.”
“Mr Miliband will tell delegates a new Labour government would gain power in “tougher economic circumstances than we have seen in generations and that will have to shape the way we govern”.
He will make clear the party’s starting point for 2015/16 would be not to reverse any cut in day-to-day current spending unless it could be fully funded from cuts elsewhere – meaning the overall total would remain the same – or from extra revenue such as tax hikes. More borrowing would not be an option.
Mr Miliband will say: “So when George Osborne stands up next week and announces his cuts in day-to-day spending, we won’t be able to promise now to reverse them because we can only do so when we can be absolutely crystal clear about where the money is coming from. It’s a hard reality. But I am clear about it, Ed Balls is clear about it and everyone in the Labour Party should be clear about it too.”
It cannot be any clearer than that, can it? Labour will continue the punishing of the weak, the poor, the disabled. It will not repeal the Bedroom tax, and it will continue on as before, the rich/poor divide will continue to grow, and Social Fairness will be a forgotten thing of the past.
So whichever Westminster party is in Government, we will be faced with exactly the same neo conservative policies as we have had since Thatchers day. Only this time it is worse, much worse, and it will not be getting any better, Better together or Not!
Scots holding onto this failed state, are in my opinion at least….Turkeys voting for Christmas.
I await someone from the NO Better Together side to prove me wrong, and tell us what benefit we Scots gain from it in our daily lives…. WHY are we Better Together…Do Tell!