Scotland has Been Changed Forever by the Outcome of the Referendum
Lamont finally agrees Scotland has been changed forever by the outcome of the Referendum – But can the Labour Party in Scotland Change?? or Will it Still, “Cow Tow” to the Instructions of the English Labour Party??
Johann Lamont smiled for the cameras, ignoring the abject failure of her Party machine to motivate Labour leaning voters to support a, “No” vote in the referendum. Instead she weakly offered a view that it was clearly time for change. Addressing colleagues she went on to express concern that whilst Scotland had voted decisively to remain part of the UK significant numbers of Scots had expressed a strong wish to be independent and it was important that the establishment directed efforts towards healing wounds bringing Scotland together once more.
She studiously ignored the fact three of the four areas of Scotland that had voted, “Yes” were Labour Party controlled previously impregnable heartlands, (North Lanarkshire, Glasgow and West Dumbartonshire. Indeed the constituencies of MPs, Margaret Curran, Tom Harris, Willie Bain, Frank Roy, Ian Davidson, Anas Sarwar, Gregg McClymont and Tom Clarke, as well as MSPs Jackie Baillie, Paul Martin, Patricia Ferguson, Michael McMahon and Johaan Lamont herself were among those that voted, “Yes. As is always the case Labour sought to point the finger of failure at other parts of the, “Better Together” campaign asserting it was the barnstorming intervention of Gordon Brown that had saved the day.
But some Labour Party activists did accept there were many shortcomings in the entirely negative campaign and direction the Party had taken in recent times that would need to be addressed and corrected, if the Party was to recover it’s former place in Scottish society. Noteworthy comments;
“The problem has been too many in Labour politics believe they’ve a seat for life. There was a mini-cull of Labour councillors in Glasgow several years back and there may well be one in Lanarkshire very soon.
“The party is too remote from the voters and needs to talk about its failures and failings. [Council leaders] Gordon Matheson and Jim McCabe have serious questions to answer.”