An opinion poll was published on Thursday night which, astonishingly, showed that the SNP are polling more than Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems combined. Fully 41% of people who voted Labour in 2010 plan to vote SNP this time. So that fight-back strategy of James Francis Murphy BA Politics (failed) of re-running the independence referendum campaign is really working – for the SNP. Ed Miliband is at it again today, rushing up to Edinburgh in a doomed attempt to shore up the crumbling support for his party by warning Scotland we’re too poor for devo max.
This isn’t an independence referendum, and telling Scots repeatedly that Scotland is too poor and too weak for Full Fiscal Autonomy just makes voters wonder whose fault that is then. Let’s see. Oh yes, that would be the fault of the Unionist parties for taking a country like Scotland, blessed as it is with political stability, situated in a quiet and peaceful part of the globe, with its long tradition of democracy, its educated population, and its embarrassment of natural resources, and turning it into a basket case that can’t pay its own way in the world.
Talking of basket cases, I got a letter from Magrit Curran. This is the third or fourth piece of electioneering bumph I’ve had from the Labour party since the election campaign began, and every single one of them arrived courtesy of the Royal Mail. Must be costing Labour a fortune in postage, but then they don’t have any volunteers to deliver anything for them.
To to be more exact, it wasn’t me who got the letter, the woman who used to live in my flat before I bought it got a letter from Magrit Curran. It’s highly unlikely that Magrit is going to write to me, what with me being marked down as an evil ranting cybernat on her mailout software. Which is fair enough. It’s a bit like when they used to mark houses where plague sufferers live, Labour’s election mailout software marks houses where the inhabitants have come down with the virus of nationalism. They mark us with a cross that’s joined at the bottom just like an SNP logo, which is unfair, since some of us are Green or SSP voters who’re only voting SNP tactically in order give Magrit and her pals the kicking they well and truly deserve.
Anyway, it was very nice of Magrit to write to the woman who used to live in my flat, even though she moved out over six months ago. Not very up to date this Labour software is it, although since the party is still fighting the referendum campaign I don’t suppose they felt much need to update it. Sadly for Magrit, I can tell her that the woman who used to live in my flat will not be voting for her. I have no idea how she plans to vote, nor indeed whether she plans to vote at all, but I do know that she no longer lives in Magrit’s constituency. So that just leaves me Magrit, and I already bear the curse of Caledonian separatist Satanism -but the only demon which is going to be exorcised will be her.
Since the letter wasn’t a proper stuck down envelopy sort of letter, I read it even though it wasn’t addressed to me. I don’t think the woman who used to live in my flat would mind too much, since Magrit’s letter is of an impersonal nature. A bit like Magrit herself, come to think of it. It’s the kind of marketing letter you’d send to people who probably would believe it was butter, even though what Magrit has on offer is very obviously devoid of all nutritional value. Strangely for someone who boasts of the jobs she’s brought to the East End of Glasgow, her leafletty letter was printed in Cardiff. So not printing jobs then.
It’s funny how a few months changes everything with Labour. During the independence referendum I distinctly recall Magrit and her pals tells us vehemently that warnings that the Tories were a clear and present danger to the NHS were scaremongering of the worst kind. Yet plastered over the back of Magrit’s letter is a warning that the “Tories have extreme plans for spending cuts to our NHS”. And yes, it’s true that they do, but Magrit is hoping that we’ve forgotten that she was telling us just a few short months ago that there was nothing to worry about. Now she wants us to believe that she’s the best person to challenge the threat that she told us wasn’t real.
And there’s the largest party lie, again. It’s Labour’s only line of defence and it’s as threadbare and implausible as Jim Murphy’s claims to be a socialist who’s never been a Unionist.
We get a promise to increase the minimum wage to £8 per hour, although I could swear blind that during the debate the other night Jim Murphy promised to raise it to £8.50. He also promised jam, and free gold bars, and pavements made from diamonds, and weather like Spain’s, and all Scottish fitba teams are going to be like Barcelona.
There’s also the obligatory photos of, ahem, four ordinary members of the public who may or may not be Labour activists who’re giving their vote to Magrit. Although at least one of them is a union official in a union affiliated to the Labour party, another has the same name as one of the people who nominated Magrit when she stood as a candidate in the 2010 election, and a third is seemingly a Labour student activist and campaigner. So probably not the ordinary non-political members of the public that Magrit’s leafletty letter would have us believe. Getting an endorsement from a campaigner for your own party is not quite the same as wild public acclamation is it. I don’t have a problem with any of them giving their support to Magrit, but a little bit of transparency wouldn’t go amiss.
Sadly it’s that lack of transparency that has proven to be Labour’s undoing. Magrit is campaigning in an East End where no one has ever heard of Google. That would be in the Scotland that depends on the Daily Record for its information. That’s the Scotland that elected Magrit and Jim in 2010, and it passed away during last year’s referendum campaign with an electric shock when the country plugged in its laptops, smart phones and ipads.
We’re all cybernats now.
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