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.Views: 1763
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