by Tommy Sheridan
So the Scottish elections are less than two weeks away.
The difference between the main parties is as thin as cigarette paper. In the land of the blind even a one-eyed king can reign supreme. Hence Salmond, with his more assured approach and decades of debating experience, is head and shoulders above the others in leadership qualities.
They all support the agenda of making ordinary folk pay for an economic crisis made in the boardrooms and banks of the greedy bosses but given the political convergence the issue of personality is allowed to assume extra importance. I expect the SNP to win the election, and maybe able to govern outright.
That’s no bad thing.
Although their cuts package has to be fought tooth and nail, and the alternative of fighting for more resources to avoid cuts and the need for public control of Scotland’s economic assets like the oil, gas, electricity, water, rail and the financial sector has to be put on the table, an SNP victory would underline yet again how distant Labour has become from its roots. Nowadays New Labour is just a pale imitation of the Tories.
Blair and Brown dragged them into a right wing abyss of free market worship and warmongering immorality. The spur of electoral defgeat could lead them to change their direction, but I won’t hold my breath.
Sure, on a UK scale when the choice is Tories or New Labour then the latter is more palatable, but in a Scottish context the SNP offers, however superficially, an alternative that is more radical than both the Tories and New Labour and an activist base that is increasingly left of Labour.
I would vote for Chris Stephens of the SNP with my first vote if I was able to, and George Galloway and the coalition against cuts with my second vote. I hope the second vote for Solidarity elsewhere and for George in Glasgow will be significant.
Until New Labour abandon their Tory adopted philosophies and policies, they deserve to be electorally kicked in the private parts.
Published with thanks to the Scottish Independent Convention