Clearly something has gone bizarrely wrong with democracy within the Labour Party in Scotland, and responsible party members need to sort it out quickly.
Stories like this present a wide-open goal for the SNP, who will exploit any implication of impropriety or division within Labour ranks. The general election result can show how damaging this can be.
Put simply, this means no intimidation of Scottish members of the Labour Party by any ‘party machine’ – and no implication of the same if it isn’t happening; it means Labour in Scotland needs to divest itself of any patrician-like attitude to the Scottish people and actually listen to what they say they need, rather than trying to tell them what’s good for them; and it means Labour must put together a message of hope for the future of Scotland, independent of the SNP that has only achieved its victory through lies and smears.
Scottish Labour MSP Ken Macintosh needs to “spell out” his accusations against the “party machine”, a former first minister tells the BBC.
Source: Henry McLeish enters Scottish Labour ‘bullying’ row – BBC News
From an SNP point of view, Kezia Dugdale would be the perfect leader for Labour in Scotland. She is shredded at First Minister’s questions every week. As for McLeish saying that they must wait for Jim Murphy’s report, what on earth does he expect to come of that? Murphy was one of the main reason’s for the Labour collapse in Scotland so, if they follow any recommendations of his, bye bye for ever.
“Lies and smears”? Any from the SNP fade into insignificance beside those of the BT campaign and the national media over the last year or so.
No, they don’t. The best you could expect is that they cancelled each other out – although the election result suggests not.