Labour’s plan for workers.

I must admit that it’s heartening to see Labour’s polling do better; a progressive and socialist manifesto that’s been counted and costed seems to stack up well against a regressive Conservative manifesto that promises to gut old-age savings without going to the bother of being counted, or costed.

And while we shouldn’t get carried away thanks to extant phenomena that we know about (incumbency and ‘shy-Tory’ votes, as well as polling amongst people who won’t vote at all), it’s nice to see a bounce at the business end of a campaign that the United Kingdom desperately needs Labour to win. In Scotland, well… It’s best not to talk about it. The continued policy of urging tactical voting to oust the SNP, a party far more in line with traditional Labour values, is likely to see Labour support at an all-time low north of the wall.

Sad times.
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The LabourHame conundrum.

LabourHame editor, Duncan Hothersall, posted this – these are my responses, captured for posterity into a single post.

Alas, the lack of real assessment appears to have no end in sight.

It pains me to see Labour in such dire straits and, while it’s fair to suggest that the SNP wanted to reduce their influence because that’s what political opponents do, there just isn’t enough self-reflection in the Labour ranks.

We, as Scots, got to see the very best of Labour recently; Kezia absolutely mangled Davidson and her Conservative apologists over the rape clause, to the point where not one of them even dared an intervention. That says to me that they still fear a strong Labour party, as they always have done, but are simply no longer terribly bothered about coming up against one thanks to a wholly compliant media and poor strategic thinking on the part of the Labour party itself.

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I didn’t understand Europe.

I’ve noticed recently, with a bit of disappointment, that a number of people who supported independence in 2014 are much more reticent this time around because of its implied tie to the European Union. It’s hard to say exactly how many people voted Yes due to the belief that it’d mean an end of our European membership, but we know it’s an extremely significant number because it may well be the difference between winning an independence referendum, and losing one.

Fundamentally, I understand some of the concerns.

Were someone to ask me how I felt about the EU effectively working to overturn a democratic result in Greece (largely at the behest of a German), I’d say it was a pretty uncomfortable spectacle. I’m not especially interested in becoming besties with people like Jean Claude Juncker, nor am I necessarily a fan of the “community method” or the overarching machinations of the European parliament. I’m also pretty sympathetic to those who argue that they don’t support globalisation, and find it morally difficult to exchange subordination in one union for another.

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