SNP fakers and cybernats try to blame Labour for Tory re-election!

June 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm (AWL, conspiract theories, identity politics, labour party, nationalism, populism, posted by JD, scotland, SNP)

Steve Bell's If ... 13/11/2014 Copyright Steve Bell 2014

By Dale Street (this article also appears in the present issue of Solidarity and on the Workers Liberty website)

Scottish Labour and/or its leader Kezia Dugdale bear the blame for the re-election of a Tory government on 8 June. That’s the line currently being systematically promoted by cybernats. And it’s not confined to the fringe elements of cybernattery.

SNP MP Angus McNeil and SNP MSP and Scottish Government minister Mike Russell have both tweeted about how Scottish Labour supposedly backed a vote for Tory candidates in the general election. The cybernat argument runs as follows: • If the Tories had not won 12 new seats in Scotland, then Tory MPs plus DUP MPs would be a minority in Westminster. • The Tories were able to win 12 new seats in Scotland because Scottish Labour and/or Kezia Dugdale backed Tory candidates. • Scottish Labour and/or Kezia Dugdale are therefore to blame for Theresa May being back in Downing Street.

Scottish Labour’s vote increased by 10,000. The Scottish Tory vote increased by over 300,000. Scottish Labour could therefore persuade only an extra 10,000 voters to vote Labour. But it supposedly managed to convince more than 30 times that number to vote Tory. The only “evidence” that Labour did anything like encouraging Tory votes is a brief televised interview with Kezia Dugdale in which she said that with the exception of a few constituencies in the north east of Scotland, Labour was best placed to beat the SNP. The problem with this statement was not that Dugdale was calling for a vote for the Tories. She wasn’t. She was merely stating a fact. The problem with the statement was that it summed up the weakness of the Scottish Labour election campaign: it identified the SNP as “the enemy” to be beaten, instead of offering a positive alternative (a Corbyn-led Labour government) to win back ex-Labour voters who had switched to the SNP.

The cybernat campaign to blame Scottish Labour for the election of a Tory government signals a further lurch by the SNP activist base into fantasy politics. It also diverts attention away from the helping hand which the SNP has repeatedly given to the Tories (and vice versa).

In 1979, the SNP voted with the Tories in Westminster to bring down a Labour government. Without support from SNP MPs, the Tories would not have succeeded in winning their motion of “no confidence”. Between 2007 and 2011 the SNP minority government in Holyrood relied on support from Tory MSPs to get its annual budget through Holyrood. As the then Scottish Tory leader Annabelle Goldie later explained: “When the chips were down, he (Alex Salmond) had to find support for his budget … he took those Tory votes and was glad to get them. Our position was very clear. In return for supporting their budget, the SNP would include Conservative policies in their budget. It was as simple as that.”

From 2014 onwards the SNP deliberately polarised Scottish politics around national identities. In opposition to the SNP proclaiming itself the champion of Scottish-identity-politics, the Tories were able to rebuild support by playing the same role in relation to British-identity-politics. In the 2015 election campaign the upsurge in support for the SNP was exploited by the Tories – as their election strategists subsequently boasted – as an opportunity to whip up English and British nationalism in opposition to Scottish nationalism, thereby garnering more Tory votes.

In the 2017 election campaign SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon claimed that Kezia Dugdale had offered – in a private conversation after the EU referendum – to ditch Scottish Labour’s opposition to a second referendum on Scottish independence. This revelation — irrespective of whether or not it was true – was a boost to Scottish Tory efforts to portray themselves as the only reliable opponents of Scottish independence. It was a cynical ploy by Sturgeon to undermine support for Scottish Labour, even though it meant boosting the Scottish Tories’ electoral prospects And the Tories certainly made a point of exploiting Sturgeon’s revelation to the hilt.

There is no political party in Britain as fake as the SNP. There is no “social democracy” as fake as that of the SNP. There is no “anti-Toryism” as fake as that of the SNP. And there is no election analysis as fake as the cybernat version which blames Scottish Labour for the Frankenstein monster of a Scottish Tory revival created by the SNP’s own tunnel-vision, flag-waving nationalism

5 Comments

  1. Robert said,

    With infinite patience inside an iron hide — no, I’m not talking about being an SNP leader !!! — somebody could go through viudeotapes of proceedings at the Hollyrood Puirlament (Pollyrude Hairiemeant) and catch the moment at which Mistris Sturgeon only just managed to stifle her autopmatic or mechanical or stereotyped or robotic response to a provocation from Kezia Dugdale (Labour).

    Ms. Sturgeon was within a catfish whisker of calling pretty wee Kezia a

    LABOUR TORY —

    which goes back to the Daily Rancid’s attempted collusion with the Labour Party years back and the slogan TARTAN TORIES…. (it was some sort of newspaper back then and not guttered into snivelling “YOUR paper” and “full of enter [pause for apt profanity]-tainment”

    I remember a writer in an at times screwy series published long ago by POLYGON (the dead parrot press?) observing how easily some nationalist and left authors enacted the assumption that no Tory never done no good never no-how.
    Well, at least in later years Malcolm Rifkind did point out that the Munn & Dunning dumbing do-down of Scottish schooling had a ghetto policy as regards languages other than English (if an area was liable to have few pupils who’d have done foreign languages at one of the old junior secondaries, just don’t teach any!). It’s about a hundred years since there were strikes in Wales about people not being taught Latin (not a DEAD LANGUAGE but a topic including grammar and cultural differences and an understanding of the importance of practical lessons in political and indeed parliamentary arrangements made for good reason — the sort of thing which makes A.D. Lindsay — ILP — necessary if not comfortable reading on the excessively theoretical left).

    Dem dogmatists do not like
    any view from beyond the blocks of their blinkers …
    Hence the adherence of some to PostModernist nonsense etc.!

  2. Glasgow Working Class said,

    Old nat si cartoon!

  3. Political Tourist said,

    You’d need an interpreter to understand the last two replies on here. Are they writing in Ulster Scots?

  4. david walsh said,

    Unfortunately the same line was parroted by either the Canary or SKawkbox (cannot remember which) in a classic case of not checking political reality in case it conflicts with your political world view.

  5. David Walsh said,

    And on reflection I really like my unconscious use of the phrase ‘Parroted by the Canary”…………

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