Labour MP Margaret Curran today claimed that Labour are “taking a new approach” to how they develop their policies. The shadow Scotland secretary said that the Labour party has now begun to formulate the ideas which will form the basis of its vision for Scotland’s future within the UK.
Speaking in Edinburgh, Ms Curran said:
“In 2015 we will present people a clear choice. It will be a set of ideas that will have building a better Scotland at its heart and we are taking a new approach to how we develop our policy.
“In the past few months we have started to develop the ideas that will form Scottish Labour’s platform in the 2015 election.”
Ms Curran also warned against “abandoning” friends and relatives south of the border to further cuts and inequality.
She also claimed that the pro-independence campaign was driven by “negativity”, saying:
“Instead of providing a positive vision, the Nationalists are increasingly reliant on a negative argument that says the best way to get rid of a Government is to end a country.”
Responding to the speech co-convener of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie warned Labour politicians that Scottish voters would not be fooled by the suggestion that a better society is only possible by keeping Scotland tied to Westminster, saying:
“Margaret Curran is wrong to portray Scottish independence as a threat to progressive politics in the rest of the UK. Far from it, it could just be the shot in the arm progressives in England need.
“For decades the institutions of Westminster have shown themselves incapable of delivering the radical change that is needed. Scottish independence would shake those institutions to their very foundations, and show voters south of the border that a better way is possible.
“Far from standing alone, an independent Scotland, taking our politics in a new direction would be giving leadership in these islands. Scotland would be able to avoid repeating past battles against regressive taxes and the dismantling of the welfare state. But we’d also send a strong message to voters elsewhere; transformational change is possible if you bring power closer to the people.
“Many Scots who would normally vote Labour in a General Election remain open to the idea of voting Yes next year, and I don’t think they’ll be fooled by the suggestion that a better Scotland is only possible within the UK. They’ve been let down too many times before.”
With Labour’s new policies not due to be put to the people until after the 2014 referendum they leave themselves open to accusations of promises of ‘jam tomorrow’.