That wasn’t thunder you heard. It was the sound of thousands of jaws hitting the floor as people read the latest outburst from former accidental Shadow Scottish Secretary and sole Westminster representative of the pretendy wee party, Ian Murray.
That noise wasn’t a sudden gust of wind, it was the collective gasp of amazement at the pathological lack of self-awareness exhibited by this pompous clown. For someone so closely associated with the arrogant detachment and serial ineptitude which has reduced British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) from dominant political force to farcical rump in little more than a decade, it defies belief that Murray should presume to lecture anybody about a “lack of understanding of the political dynamic in Scotland”.
But presume he does. And with not the slightest hint of embarrassment at the mind-bending, toe-curling, stomach-churning hypocrisy. As an MP for a constituency in England, Dave Anderson may be an even more ludicrous choice to shadow David “Snackbeard” Mundell than Murray, but at least he has wits enough to know the value of options in politics. Perhaps because he is not part of the BLiS clique, and has therefore managed to avoid being infected by the mindless hatred that afflicts the members of that sorry tribe, Anderson does not react to suggestions of a deal with the SNP by launching a torrent of bile.
Anderson may be just as detached from the “political dynamic in Scotland” as any British politician – including Murray – but at least he isn’t hobbled by the intellectually crippling resentment of the SNP that is the defining characteristic of BLiS. He may not have any better understanding of Scottish politics in the early years of the 21st century than anyone else who has to rely on the British media and/or dispatches from a North British branch office that hasn’t yet moved the bell-bottoms and kipper ties from the wardrobe to the dressing-up box. But Anderson appears to have a mind which is at least functional and, if not actually open, then at least ajar.
As we lift our chins from the floor and resume normal breathing after that sharp intake of shocked breath, we note that Murray is lost for a means of rationalising his hysterical reaction to Anderson’s rather tepid and, under normal circumstances, quite uncontroversial comments. In a frantic effort to justify his preference for a Tory government over an accommodation with the SNP, Murray resorts to the old Project Fear trick of plucking a scary-sounding number out of the air. Inexplicably, he drops the adjective from the now tediously familiar term “black hole” that he and his fellow British nationalists insist is the economic legacy of Westminster rule in Scotland.
Perhaps, in order to better serve the ruling elites of the British state, he needs a wee refresher course in dishonesty, deceit and duplicity.Views: 2624
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