Scots, Wha Hae Wi Murphy bled!

January 15, 2015 at 7:52 pm (AWL, labour party, posted by JD, reformism, scotland)

Jim Murphy claims the Prime Minister behaves like a 'foreign dignitary' on his visits to Scotland

By Anne Field (from the AWL’s Solidarity newspaper)

Newly elected Scottish Labour Party (SLP) leader Jim  Murphy has produced his own version of a new Clause  Four for the Labour Party in Scotland.

To be more accurate: he claims that it is all his own work.  In fact, it reads like an entry in a primary school competition (“Write your own clause four and win a gold star!”) which has been pulled out of a hat at random.

The first part of the new, Scottish, Clause Four is the verbose and vacuous Blairite Clause Four adopted by the Labour Party in 1995, albeit with a reference to Scottish  Labour and “the people of Scotland” thrown in.

A succession of additional clauses adds to the verbosity and vacuousness of the original version, peppered by all manner of references to things Scottish.

Thus, the SLP “works for  the patriotic interest of the  people of Scotland.” It will  work for “the advancement of Scotland’s interests.”  It will work “with
the Scottish people to create policy in Scotland for a just society.”

“On the basis of these  principles” (! — Murphy probably had to consult a  dictionary to learn how to spell the word), the SLP “seeks the trust of the Scottish  people to govern.”

The SLP will seek to achieve its aims “with trade unions and the co-operative movement, and also with voluntary organisations, consumer groups and other representative bodies.” For “other representative bodies” read: the Scottish CBI.

In his spare moments between rewriting Clause Four in his own image, Murphy has found time to give jobs to his friends.

The right-wing nonentity Brian Roy (whose main connection to politics is the fact that his father is an MP) has been appointed SLP General Secretary. the political corpse of John McTernan (formerly Blair’s Political Secretary) has been exhumed and appointed SLP chief of staff.

And Kieron Higgins has been brought in to deal with the media. Higgins was one of the architects of the disastrous “Better Together” campaign, which succeeded in frittering away a 20 point lead in the run-up to last year’s referendum.

More likely than not, Murphy’s strategy to reverse the collapse in electoral support for the SLP will simply give another boost to the spiral of decline.

Appealing to “Scottish patriotism” will play into the hands of the SNP. Giving jobs to Blairites and wasters from “Better Together” will remind ex-Labour-voters why they stopped voting Labour. And so too will Murphy’s contempt for democracy.

No amendments will be permitted to the new Scottish Clause Four. The role of the special conference to be held in the spring will simply be to rubber-stamp it (on the basis that a defeat for the SLP leadership would supposedly undermine the SLP’s credibility on the eve of a general election).

“Go back to your constituencies and prepare for government!”  was David Steel’s message to the Lib-Dem party conference in 1981.

Murphy’s message to SLP members at last month’s rally where the result of the SLP leadership contest was announced should have been: “Go back to your constituencies and prepare for oblivion!”

8 Comments

  1. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Murphy had the sense to know that if you want power then there was no point in being a daft leftie standing on the cobbles shouting for a lifetime.

  2. caseypurvis said,

    MURPHY IS AN IRISH NAME AND APPARENTLY THIS GUY IS IRISH WITH ALL THE VERBOSITY.
    WE NEED A SCOT.
    NEXT WE’LL HAVE A MUSLIM SAYING ALLAH ACKKBAR

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      McMurphy sounds like a compromise.

      • caseypurvis said,

        NOT IN SCOTLAND! WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO COMPROMISE AND IF WE DO IT EATS AT US. BETTER NOT TO COMPROMISE.
        SCOTS ONLY.
        LONG LIVE SCOTLAND.

  3. Andrew Coates said,

    Murphy began his leadership with a feeble campaign to allow Scots to have a drink in football stadiums, no doubt to downplay the fact that he is a teetotal god-botherer with a face like a fish.

    He has gone downhill ever since.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Andrew you are just anti Labour.

      • Andrew Coates said,

        I will be campaigning for Labour – but it must be really hard in Scotland, until that is you look at the SNP.

  4. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    The SNP are easy to look at. Just Tartan Tories.

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