Well here we are. It’s been a long slog, but at last the Jockalypse day of judgement has arrived and we get to send the Unionist parties a message that they can’t miss. This time the message needs to be the last post.
Politicians are always waffling on about messages, but the best message to give them is a kick in the nads and to separate them from their cushy careers and their expense accounts. Get them where it hurts. If each of us had a penny for every time that a Labour careerist had told us their party was listening and changing there would be nae bloody national deficit and we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.
We’ve heard it all before. Scotland keeps sending messages to the Labour party. 2007, 2011, and every time it was the same. Labour was listening. Magrit Curran would write a report that never saw the light of day. The party would have a period of reflection. The problem is that the Labour party thinks a period of reflection means looking at themselves in a mirror and telling themselves they’ve still got it, that they’re still sexy, like a middle aged man holding in his beer belly and carefully combing his hair to cover up the bald spot.
Then Labour decided that the solution to the problem was to give us more of the problem, and elected Jim Murphy as leader. Presumably on the principle that if you’re in a hole what you really need isn’t a ladder it’s a JCB. Jim, a man who thinks integrity is a description of stone chipping. Shonky fly by night cowboys who turn up on your doorstep offering to relay your driveway have more integrity than Jim. If he does manage to save his own seat, he’ll do so on the back of Tory votes. Tories feel comfortable with Jim. That tells us all we need to know about Jim and his approach to politics.
Thursday is the day when we get to tell the Labour that they’re not god’s gift to political gorgeousness. They’re clapped out moronic rip off merchants, long past their sell by date, a mugging dressed as bams. Sexysocialism is to be found elsewhere. Labour is not a party its founders would recognise however much it tries to claim the mantle of Scottish radicalism. Labour betrayed that heritage and turned its back on it, turned its back on the communities that gave birth to it. It’s trading on a false prospectus, offering to relay our driveway.
Labour needs to go. It acts as a barrier to progress, a blockage in the way of Scottish self government, because when faced with a choice between what Scotland wants and what’s good for the Labour party, Labour always chooses the second. Always. It’s the only principle they’ve got. Labour thinks it is the people’s party and so whatever it says or does is for the people. But the people have walked away. The people no longer want to know. Labour is left squawking alone like an unwashed bampot with a shopping trolley shouting abuse at a phone box, an embarrassment that we quickly walk by without eye contact.
The clock is also ticking on the Lib Dems, the Tory enablers, the draculettes. Many of those who voted for them last time did so in order to keep the Tories out – and look what the party did next. Going back on their promise to resist student fees was a minor betrayal by comparison. Danny Alexander acceded to the post of George Osborne’s little minion with an unseemly pleasure, more Tory than the Tories themselves.
The clock was also supposed to be ticking on the report into the Frenchgate leak – remember we were supposed to get the results of that before the election? That’s an alarm that has remained strangely silent. Funny that. It may yet save Alistair Carmichael’s koala arse.
This is the election where the main Westminster parties have done their utmost to keep the punters out of politics. We’ve seen one carefully staged press event after another. We’ve had the farce of a so-called people’s party holding meetings and not inviting the people. All of them, Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems, all of them tell us with their carefully staged press events that we are not invited to the party. Vote for us, they say, and you can stand on the outside with your nose pressed against the window. Vote to be excluded. Vote to be shut out. Vote to be held at arm’s length.
Why should we trust a political party with our futures when it won’t even trust us to be in the same room as its representatives? Why are they surprised that we are turning en masse to the only main party which actually welcomes the company of ordinary people? The contrast between Labour and the SNP has been striking. One goes out into the streets and meets the people, the other hides behind closed doors and relies on its friends in the press.
On voting day Scotland has its second date with destiny within the space of a year. This time it’s personal. This time we have the opportunity to show the Westminster parties that when they promised real change in the final days of the referendum campaign, a No vote did not mean they could return to short-changing us. They forgot that they are supposed to do as we say, and in their power and arrogance came to believe that we should do as they tell us. They are not the power in this land – that would be us, those of us who don’t get invited to the carefully orchestrated press events. It would be those of us who Magrit Curran didn’t speak to when she wrote one of her Labour party reports.
Let’s make a vow of our own. Let’s vow that henceforth we will not be taken for granted. Let’s vow to eject those who have let us down. Let’s vow to teach Labour what pandafication means. Let’s vow to make Scotland’s voice heard loud in the corridors of power. Let’s vow to be the power in this land.
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