Out of touch

It goes without saying that The Fabian Society is a London-based organisation. While its aims are unquestionably worthy, it is very much a British institution. It is closely allied another British institution, the British Labour Party, itself an integral part of the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state.

There is a Scottish branch. Scottish Fabians didn’t come into existence until 2012. It was formed explicitly for the purpose of helping “the Labour Party north of the border came to terms with the challenge posed by the SNP”. (Note the eschewing of even a token reference to the fake ‘Scottish Labour Party’.)

At its formation, the Scottish Fabians’ main function was to assist the anti-independence campaign then being mounted by British Labour and their Tory allies. The group seems to have pretty much ceased to exist after the 2014 referendum. Its last AGM was more than two years ago and, following the odd seminar in 2015, it appears to be moribund.

Among those appointed to the Scottish Fabians’ Executive Committee at its last meeting in November 2014 was a certain Duncan Hothersall.

I recount all of this by way of explaining why we in Scotland should not take seriously the Fabian Society’s latest ‘report’. This is not an organisation that we would expect to have the slightest awareness of, or interest in, Scottish politics. Were it otherwise, they would surely not have been so foolish as to imagine the possibility of “an alliance with the SNP”.

Some might suppose that the rancid response from British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) would stand as a salutary lesson for the Fabian Society. Let me assure you that it will not. This is a British political institution. It is as inherently incapable of thinking outside the box of the British political system as the metropolitan media.

The very concept of effective political power being vested in any but the two main British parties is quite beyond their comprehension. The default assumption is that meaningful power can only be obtained by subsidiary association with one or other of the two ‘proper’ political parties. It is simply taken for granted that the SNP would leap at the chance of riding on the coat-tails of a ‘real’ political party.

They evidently didn’t even know to expect the bitterly resentful tantrum from BLiS.

The Fabian Society clearly understands nothing of Scottish politics in 2017.

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8 thoughts on “Out of touch

  1. bringiton

    Perhaps Labour politicians in Scotland might become more inclined to independence if we were to come up with a plan which,as part of our new system of governance,created a second unelected House in Edinburgh and paid the incumbents £600 plus expenses per day.
    I am sure that would interest quite a few of them.

    1. Graeme Dingwall

      Why? Why would we wish to do that, since no one becomes a politician for financial gain….!

  2. Jockanese Wind Talker

    2017 is only 3 days old and the knives appear to be out for Corbyn already,

    I suspect Ed Balls (now he is a popular TV personality) will stand against him this summer hoping to do better than his wife when she stood against Corbyn the first time round.

    A BLiS disaster at Scottish Local Authority Elections in May will be used against him with the ‘Labour need to win elections in Scotland to retake Westminster’ lie (despite BLiS being Blairites not Corbynites).

    BLiS will be promoted over and above their fair share by MSM/BBC in Scotland in 2017 as per the Unionist norm.

    Fabian Society, Henry Jackson Society, BLiS these are ALL Red Tories putting the interests of themselves, their Party, Their Union before the interests of the people of Scotland.

  3. Breastplate

    Hi Peter,
    I think the second sentence should read “stated aims” instead of “aims”.
    I do believe there is a huge difference.

    1. Peter A Bell Post author

      This refers to the aims of the Fabian Society, not British Labour. I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of the former no matter how much the latter has lost sight of those aims. Or sacrificed them to political expediency.

  4. Del

    The war between Old Labour and new Labour continues. In this report, the Fabians are playing Westminster number games, and they’re naive / ignorant of the true situation North of the border. No, they don;t care about the situation north of the border because they don’t see Scottish Labour, merely a local branch of British Labour.
    Even Corbyn’s so-called-pals in the Unions will now discard him if it gives them more of a chance of power. Political principles be damned.

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