Various Scottish Labour politicians have been appearing on radio and telly this morning to tell us what Jeremy Corbyn “really meant”. But since we all speak the same language as Jeremy and his words were said directly to the media and were therefore intended for us, when he said as second referendum was; “absolutely fine”, we all know exactly what he ‘really’ meant. What these politicians are really saying, of course, is: “this is what we wished Jeremy had said”, and their pretence otherwise treats the public with open contempt.
It’s quite clear that the rump which is now Scottish Labour is split between explaining why Jeremy Corbyn said something he didn’t (i.e. Scottish Corbynites who remain motivated first by their hatred of both the SNP and the notion of independence) and explaining openly why their own leader – again, Jeremy Corbyn – is an idiot to be ignored. Their contempt for independence and the public is equalled only by their contempt for each other.
Yet in a week in which Wings Over Scotland raised more cash in a few days than Scottish Labour’s annual membership income, you might think all of these folk might think again about their daily utterances.
Members of the Scottish Parliament are elected to collectively express the will of Scots. If they vote for a second referendum in due course, then there simply will be one. Too much time is wasted at the moment confusing economic and legal issues with political ones. The politics here are straightforwards in every way.
Scottish Labour Party ‘leaders’, split they are, can choose to start this new referendum campaign as losers again – and voters really hate losers – or do themselves a favour by at least staring out on the right side in one respect by supporting the coming referendum – as their own leader clearly does.
Right now, though, it feels like they’d rather stay losers and play second flute to the Tories. Labour members who haven’t yet gone Tory or to the SNP should ignore them, do what they know is best for Scotland and move to Yes.