“Scottish” Labour is in big trouble.
In the six months since the Scottish election they have been rudderless, visionless and desperately in need of direction. The last time Labour were on the receiving end of such a drubbing at the polls, they elected the “dream ticket” of Kinnock and Hattersley within 4 months, before finding out how much of a mountain they had to climb to supplant Thatcher and her Tories. There seems to be no sign of any haste or speed emanating from the red corner of Scottish politics.
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You would have thought that there would even have been some sort of discussion on the future direction of Scottish Labour – a discussion of sorts has taken place with the UK wide party. Nope, nada, squid, whistling Dixie on that score. There was even some hope that with the advent of the cringetastic Labour Hame blog (Tartan cringe that name if ever there was one) that there would be a serious debate about the future direction of “Scottish” Labour – in a similar fashion to the way "The Orange Book" seemed to provoke debate within the Lib Dems 5 years ago. Should they re-position themselves slightly to the left of the SNP, or should they try and take the SNP on in the position that they occupy – which is as close to the Scottish equivalent to New Labour as you can get. I personally think they would get more millage from being slightly to the left of the SNP. Has there been that debate? No.