Seismic changes this week, in the ongoing debate, the one leading up to 18 September next year.
Just as we get used to the three combined unionist parties thumping the same tub, seeking labour votes on the back of tory funding – leaving aside the dodgy donation aspect for now – so we find what seems to be a split in the ranks.
Of late we’ve seen the rise of Ukip in the local elections down south, and the immediate impact this has had on referendum matters – EU referendum that is. We are told that Ukip asked to join the Better Together party, but were declined entry. You’re not Scottish they were told. And lo, is that a chorus of neither are the rest of you? There is no such beast as the Scottish Labour Party, it does not exist. The group in Scotland jigs to London’s tune, and that is part of the problem.
But to tell the newcomers they can’t join in is no real surprise. Ukip though have said they will put up a candidater at the Aberdeen Donside by-election next month, though I doubt that a campaign strategy of diluting the devolution process will do anything other than lose their deposit. I do not expect the southern gains to be repeated in the north. In essence Ukip are an irrelevance.
But out comes Gordon Brown, and a new group is formed, United with Labour, separating from BT to keep Scotland shackled. But no one has had the cojones to ask Labour if they are now distancing themselves from BT, though one newsreader on the BBC did suggest that BT was run by the tories and lib-dems. But we can’t really expect our media to ask the difficult questions, can we?
So BT have Darling as front man, and Lamont and Baillie on the board. But now Labour have a new group of their own, with the most disastrous PM of my time as a voter, bar none, at the helm. The Scotsman had a wee poll the other day – asset or liability? The result was overwhelming and even the rabid anti-nationalist Hootsmon could not drum up support behind the new flag-bearer.
So we have three Labour groups, and only one of them seems to hold any credibility. That of course is the one that recognises the socialist roots of the party, and consequently favours independence. The latest from Allan Grogan can be found over at Newsnet.
You may have read the article on The Common Weal, from the Reid Foundation. It is a real vision for the future, an aspiration of what we could have. Jimmy Reid of course was a staunch union man, and became a nationalist when the Labour direction left him behind.
And on that same theme we at last have a voice from Scotland’s business community. I think Business for Scotland will have a huge role to play. I’ve added a link to the sidebar, signed up to their quest, and completed their online survey.
So with Bitter Th-gither seeming to split, Labour having three heads, Brown recognised as a liability, and the business community finding its voice, suddenly the heart beats a little faster. We still have that problem with the media of course, but there’s a wee protest on Saturday taking another few steps down that road.