A cold quiet place of clarity

Jim Murphy BA Politics (failed) wants us not to vote against Labour in anger. I’d just like to take a few minutes out of a busy day spent beelin’ to assure Jim that there are very few voters left in Scotland who will vote against the party in anger. Anger is not a strong enough word for what yer average Scottish voter feels for the Labour party in Scotland and what it has become. Anger doesn’t begin to describe it.

Speaking for myself, I left anger behind a long time ago when Blair invaded Iraq and Jim cheered along. I took a wee detour by contempt when Labour let the bankers off their leash and Jim urged them on. I spent some time in apoplexy when Labour introduced the creeping back door privatisation of PPI contracts and Jim gave it his support. I had a holiday in derision when Gordie saved the world and Jim claimed some reflected glory. I made a stop over in invective when Jim stood on an Irn Bru crate shoulder to shoulder with the Tories during the referendum campaign. And now Jim, now, I’m in that cold quiet place of clarity that tells me your party must be culled and your career killed off. I’m way past angry.

Labour only knows smear and fear, the disgrace is all theirs. The smears don’t work any more and all that the likes of Wee Dougie Alexander can do is to delete the evidence of his complicity in smear and hope that no one remembers. But we do remember Dougie. And we’ll still remember in a few short weeks time when we get to give you a verdict. It will be a sentence that’s hard for Labour.

They can’t say we didn’t warn them. We warned them in 2007 and they promised they’d listen and change. They did neither. We gave them an almighty kicking in 2011 and they promised they’d listen and they’d change. They did neither. We put them on probation with the result of the independence referendum, and they went back to their old duplicity and lies. Their condition is terminal, and it’s time to terminate them.

When the Labour party in Scotland chose Jim as its leader, it was the sad and sorry fag end of a party which had sucked all the life out of itself and the communities it claimed to represent. Jim’s leadership is the cold dout in Labour’s ashtray, the stale smell of Labour’s decay and death, a party that’s incapable of even recognising what its core voters long for and aspire to, never mind representing them. If anything resembling Labour’s socialism, or even social democracy, is to be reborn then it can only come out of the scattered ashes of a party that traduced the hopes and aspirations of an entire people over three generations. Labour in Scotland must be killed off so something new can be born.

Jim’s making a plea for us not to vote Labour out as a protest, but to cast a positive vote for change. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, and that’s exactly why we’ll be voting to keep Jim’s party out of office and to destroy and thoroughly discredit its current leadership and its entire modus operandi. We’re doing it out of hope, the scales have fallen from our eyes and we can see the monster Labour has become, dressed in the tattered rags of a party that once stood for the poor, the marginalised, the dispossessed. Modern Labour serves for nothing except itself and a discredited cosy wee establishment that’s had it all its own way for far too long. Labour’s jockocracy and Uncle Tammery is dead, and in this election Scotland is going to finish it off for good.

Jim bewails the apathy and disengagement he sees in the most politically involved nation in Europe. But it’s not that we’re not disengaged from politics, we’re disengaged from Jim and his politics of passivity, the politics of the little people sitting back quietly and consuming what the likes of Jim tell us the agenda has to be. Fuck that Jim. The political life of a nation is not something we will sit back and lap up while it’s dished out to us by the fast food toxicity of the Labour party in Scotland. We’ll be telling you what the menu is Jim, we’ll set the agenda and you will jump and you will deliver. Or you can put on your jogging pants and jog off. But you jogged off into the twilight a long time ago, it’s only now you’ve just realised that no one has followed you into your dead end.

In Jim Murphy’s mental universe the electorate of Scotland is apathetic. That view only serves to show just how hopelessly out of touch the Labour leadership is, trapped in its hall of mirrors, admiring its own reflection and thinking it’s being perceptive.

During the independence referendum there was an explosion of political activity from all sorts of people who had never been politically involved in their lives. The referendum taught us that politics is not a spectator sport, it’s fun for all the family. To politic is an active verb, a transitive but we are not its objects. We are the agents of change, the medium and the message. The membership figures of the SNP, the Greens and the Scottish Socialists have gone through the roof while Labour withers and dies, the Tories collect their pensions and the Lib Dems go extinct. Non party organisations flourish, the Common Weal, the National Collective, and a self made media gives space to voices that were silenced before by the suffocating conformity of a complacent mainstream media. This is Jim’s apathy.

The people of Scotland are active agents on their own political stage. We are not Jim’s passive consumers, we are not the respectful audience at the play we’re not allowed to write. We’re the actors, and we’re the stars. We’re upstaging you Jim. And we will not be getting back into our seats any time soon. Get used to it. We are the future and we’re here now.

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42 comments on “A cold quiet place of clarity

  1. Allan Sayers says:


  2. Janis says:

    Again, a great blog. And yet Murphy does not see the change. Much fun come GE2015. Can’t wait.

  3. Pam McMahon says:

    Excellently on the ball, as usual. We ARE the agents of change, however not apathy, but complacency, might be our downfall. Low voter turnout through apathy might afflict the Labour/Lib Dem/Tory parties, but encouraging poll results might lead to many SNP supporters staying at home, in the fond hope that a majority is already secured.

    We need to get out there and cast our votes on May 7th. Please don’t take anything for granted.

  4. Capella says:

    Brilliantly put. There is a sense of quiet determination now to grasp this opportunity and let Westminster know that the times are a-changing. Soon. All their dirty tricks and smears just seem to strengthen the resolve. The internet and online bloggers are the stars of this revolution!

  5. “We put them on probation with the result of the independence referendum, and they went back to their old duplicity and lies. Their condition is terminal, and it’s time to terminate them.”

    Well said!

    They have had umpteen chances to change, or at the very least atone, and re-invent as something less monstrous. It’s like Frankenstein trying to re-invent himself as an accomplished scientist. The brains just ain’t there. Many of their top operators earned their cash in the last decade and walked away. What you see left are the also-rans, who believed it was their turn now, and they thought they just had to turn up and get the votes.


  6. Paul, you’ve expressed totally my feelings about Labour. What I can never forgive is just how they have systematically bled dry the communities they purported to serve while their MP’s, MSP’s, councillors and their cronies enriched themselves to the point of obscenity.

    The fact that they have got away with this monumental con for so long is testament to the failure of the media to hold them to account.

    I pray they will be wiped out as any kind of force in our communities soon.

  7. macart763 says:


    All of the above, bang on the money.

    Outstanding Paul.

    Off to post links.

  8. Thank you for a great post.

    I’m not a cruel person and had found myself wishing we could just fast forward to May 8th and get this inevitable death over with.

    Then I thought, for a moment or two, about what the Labour Party has become, with its Murphys and Currans, Brown and Darling, Blair and wars, … and I thought, they deserve every kicking they get over the next 30 days.

    No, Mr Murphy BA Politics (failed), I will not vote against you out from anger. I’ll vote against you out of utter contempt.

  9. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    If I ever could write anything approaching your prose Paul, it would give me the greatest pride to have penned the following;

    I’m in that cold quiet place of clarity that tells me your party must be culled and your career killed off. I’m way past angry.



  10. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Having read it through to the end, my earlier comment was motivated by what I had read until that point, I have to say, that I have never read anything like this in my life.

    I am glad you are on my side,

  11. Fiona says:

    Indeed, WGD.

    I am not angry either: I am not even “beyond anger”. The fact is that for me, labour is just entirely irrelevant. They do not talk about the things I think are important, except when there is an election looming and they suddenly rediscover a social democratic rhetoric. As if we have no memory of what they have done over years and years of neoliberal hegemony.

    As I listen to the mainstream parties as reported in the media, my main reaction is that it is nothing to do with me, or with anyone I know. It has nothing to do with the planet I live on, even. They are in some other universe where meaningless statistics displace reality.

    I am determined to do what I can to change the hell they have made of a rich country for no good reason at all. I no longer care why they did it; I no longer care what they say; I no longer make any distinction at all between the mainstream parties. I used to hate the tories, and if I am honest some of that lingers. But for the most part not even that. There is no point in hating a komodo dragon: it is what it is. Revulsion, now, that is something else.

  12. Paul Wilson says:

    I agree with this piece entirely.

  13. Devereux says:

    Brilliant Paul. An intellectual giant talking about a pigmy.

  14. xsticks says:

    I love it when you’re way past angry WGD

  15. Marie Clark says:

    Wow Paul, just wow.

    That came from the bottom of the heart, and I agree with every word. I too will not vote against Labour in anger. It will be a cold and very very deliberate decision.

    What I will vote for is hope, for my country and all of her people.

    Paul, for this truly wonderful piece, thank you and well said.

  16. Robert Llewellyn Tyler says:

    As posted by Elwyn Jenkins elsewhere:
    There is something inherently “wrong” with the Labour Party in Wales too. They are ideologically redundant since the removal of Clause 4 and yet attack their rivals as if they were class warriors willing to justifiably use any methods to achieve their societal/political aims. This includes downright, serial lying. Who now joins the Labour Party for reasons other than personal gain? It is simply a career choice. I grew up in a household of Labour activists. My parents and sister joined the Party out of a deep rooted belief that Britain should be run on socialist principles. Those days are long gone. Labour is now a negative force in the lives of working class people in Wales; it benefits from their want, their ongoing disadvantage and chronic need. Its representatives are blatantly hypocritical, voting for one thing at Westminster and yet campaigning for quite the opposite in the presence of their constituents(Post Office and schools closures for eg). Take Chris Bryant for example. How on earth is this man representing the Rhondda as a Westminster MP? He is a former Conservative activist; he has no links with the constituency and he publically advertised himself as being available for random, casual sexual encounters. He has also been caught dubiously making vast sums of money from his Westminster expenses.Their policies on a UK scale bear no resemblance to even a generation ago; renewal of Trident, privatization, paying for education etc etc. In Wales, despite the Assembly having significant powers, the Labour Government have simply sat on their hands and blamed London. This Party needs to be confronted at each and every juncture. They simply do not have a leg to stand on. Plaid should, with some ease, be wiping the floor with them. I, personally, now intend to become active for Plaid. In any open debate we simply cannot lose against a Labour Party which is now not only redundant but downright bad.
    Elwyn Jenkins

  17. davidmccann24 says:

    Dont get angry. Just get even!

  18. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    This will go ballistic, if I have anything to do about it.

  19. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Retweet it peeps, please and again and again svp.

  20. Hector says:

    I so much admire the panache with which you ooze wit, contempt and intelligence. It’s astonishing, entertaining and how those on the receiving end must squirm!

  21. Alex Waugh says:

    One of the hats I wear is ‘professional writer’. I doff it to you, sir.

  22. Barontorc says:

    Paul, this is devastatingly to the point. A heart-felt letter of dismissal. A cataclysmic sense of personal betrayal couldn’t be more effectively penned, but…..it will not matter a tinker’s damn to Murphy and his crew and there lies the whole problem for Labour…..it’s a terminal condition and will be flat-lining at some future stage even if termination is not done on May 7th.

    What scunners is that Miliband and Co can only be PM – God save us all, by the help of SNP voters. Do we really want to be tethered to a zombie in a wasteland called UK/Britain?

    Donation sent. ATB

  23. jim fleming says:

    yes like all zombies need more brains

  24. John Stewart says:

    This is one of the most inspiring articles I’ve read. It has filled me with emotion and hope that we are entering a second Scottish Enlightenment – for the benefit of all the people of these islands. This revulsion and revolution against Labour is something I have only dreamed of for many years. Thank you WGD for your outstanding articulation.

  25. Brilliant as usual Paul. Posted a blog today myself. After doing a bit of digging, putting aside the misogyny, homophobia and racism of UKIP – they are more left leaning than Labour …. they left us, not the other way round.
    Drop by Weegiewarbler and see how far right they’ve (Lab) swung.

  26. Whitburnsfinest says:

    9 years spent failing a degree. How is that even possible?! In a warped Mr-Hi-Jumpy way, that’s a kind of achievement in itself. I’d offer to take over leadership of the party, what with me being an actual BA and all, but only so I could destroy it from within and rebuild it as something Keir Hardie might have recognised, had he been alive today. Jim Murphy would still not be the holder of a degree, but he would be the holder of a P45. Which, let’s be honest, would be much more entertaining for the rest of us.

    There is so, so much about the political landscape of Scotland to be excited about. So many groups of people all coming together for what is good, what is right. It’s like this amazing breath of fresh air has invigorated our wee nation and is spurring it on to be all that it has the potential to be. The referendum woke us up from a Westminster-induced apathy and now this is us, we’re on the move.

    What a wonderful time to be alive. What a wonderful time to be Scottish.

  27. Sheltie2014 says:

    Got a phone call from my wee ma. She has her polling card, says she can’t wait to vote out Mr Jim “even if things where better I’d still vote for the Union” Hood out.
    Makes you proud that people are paying attention.

  28. kailyard rules says:

    Spoken from the ramparts holding high a saltire.

  29. Outstanding. Just in time to ready myself to watch the debate. If I can suffer more than a few moments of his well practiced, quiet voice. Oh wait. Holby City.. Sorry Nicola, Nae contest.

  30. rabthecab says:

    Chapeau Mr Kavanagh

    My thumb’s going to be busy tonight, retweeting the life out of this, and Hell mend any of the #SNPout mob who cross my path.

  31. Having been exposed to Murphy for decades and even having had met him as an mp on a constituency matter, I have watched him over many many years.

    My conclusion is that he is psychopathic. He is diseased and won’t ever stop unless

    he is voted out of his political existence.

  32. Fantastic, emotional writing, and it does reflect so much of what I feel too. Just when I think I have moved on, and no longer care what excrement falls out of Murphy’s mouth, I heard him saying, don’t vote against Labour in anger.

    I thought, how f***ing dare you? After everything, after the history, it’s still the stupid electorates fault for being angry. It’s this monumental arrogance, visited on us again and again, that rekindled the anger I feel.

    I think a lot like me, are just getting the head down, and stomping the streets with the local SNP branch, so we feel we are doing everything possible, to get rid of the SLab millstone.

  33. Tsar Nicholas says:

    A brilliant article! as somebody who lives in wales, I was not aware of Jim Murphy’s failed politics degree.

    While I was in the process of looking it up I noticed that he is on the Political Council of the Henry Jackson Society! I was dumbfounded – it’s not far off being an executive director of the Waffen SS, considering that this neoconservative organisation has been behind most of the American and NATO aggressions of the post-Berlin wall world.

    It makes you wonder if he’ll be celebrating Hitler’s birthday next week.

  34. fillofficer says:

    are you a psychic too ? my thoughts exactly, if only I could write ! you should get yourself an irn bru crate & deliver this to the people, or maybe a vimto crate.

  35. gerry parker says:

    Brilliant Paul. I don’t do facebook or twitter, but I know people who do and I asked them to post a link.

  36. arthur thomson says:

    Brilliant Paul and of course, thank you. The comments to this piece are also inspiring. You are articulating our feelings. All my life I have been waiting for SLAB to be removed so that Scotland can become the country it should be. If dishonesty and fraud should prevent a total wipe out at the GE then we all have to commit to continuing the enlightenment of the Scottish people. An informed, politically aware populace is what we need now and will need in the future to make Scotland the strongest, the best and fairest wee country in the world.

  37. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    Reblogged this on Bampots Utd.

  38. Sooz says:

    This isn’t good writing. This is excellent writing. Superlative. Paul, you’re soaring high and long may you continue to do so.

  39. Sandra says:

    You get it right every time, just what we are all thinking and beautifully written. Thank you,

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