We’re nearing end-game in the three hundred year old struggle to restore Scotland’s sovereignty.
The civil war engulfing Scottish Labour was foretold by many independence supporters when the SNP won power in 2007.
The rag-tag remnants of Scottish Labour were always going to cling on til the bitter end. What seemed like lucrative career paths a decade ago have been replaced with dirt roads to political oblivion, soiled with the festering turds of big beasts past. The SNP killed their ambitions.
The group of nine Labour rebels in Aberdeen are merely playing out a role fate had already decreed. It was always going to be thus.
The Aberdeen Nine have not left Scottish Labour, for the mythical party never really existed. It was always British Labour in Scotland. Scottish Labour was always a media construct designed to dupe traditional Labour voters in Scotland into believing there was indeed a Scottish alternative to the nationalists. Unionism needed a ‘Scottish’ Labour party to combat the SNP.
That need has now gone. The game has changed. Elections can no longer be won by Scottish Labour. The contest is now the constitution. Scottish Unionism is reinventing itself.
What we have in Aberdeen is the first glimpse of a genuine North British Nationalist Party. Labour’s nine rebels had to choose between an alliance with a left-leaning pro-indy group or an alliance with a right-wing Unionist group. In the contest of party-principles versus constitution it was the constitution that won.
The alliance in the North East is the latest manifestation of a process started by Ruth Davidson.
When Ruth turned the Scottish Conservatives into a single issue ‘no second referendum’ party she was sentencing Scottish Labour to death. Labour’s Yes voters had already all but migrated to the SNP. It’s No voters, if they wanted to thwart the nationalists, had to do the same – migrate.
Aberdeen Labour recognise their party is now a lost cause. Why should they hand over the trappings of office to the SNP in order to help a doomed general election campaign and a doomed leader? Why not join with their Unionist allies and thwart their mutual enemy?
The Tory group in Aberdeen have installed a puppet regime. Ruth Davidson is now their de-facto leader. The North British Nationalist Party has control of its first council.
The end-game in the story of Scotland’s constitutional journey was always going to see a single Unionist entity emerge to take on its Independence rival. That entity is here, it is right-wing, it is ruthless [no pun] and it is slowly crushing its weaker Unionist rivals. Scottish Labour and the Scottish Lib Dems are doomed.
But it is also attracting extreme British Nationalists. The bigots, xenophobes and racists are also emerging.
Ruth’s extreme rhetoric [see below] has emboldened them.
This then is the way the Union will end. The final referendum will see Project Fear replaced with Project Ugly. The outward looking Scottish Nationalism of Yes will contrast with the boorish backward British Nationalism of No. A welcoming smile versus an aggressive sneer.
Scots will reject this gnarled caricature of the Union they were presented with in 2014. Why? Because we aren’t mad and we aren’t bad, that’s why.
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