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Could Welsh Labour split from the national party because of Starmer?

Starmer: this is just one of his offences while acting as Labour leader. Read down the article for more.

It seems Keir Starmer’s stance on Northern Ireland could be the final straw that forces Welsh Labour to secede from the national party.

Take a look at Dewi Eirig Jones’s response to Starmer’s unwarranted policy announcement below:

It would be easy to understand why anybody in a Labour Party organisation that still representedĀ actual Labour values would want to split from Starmer’s Blairite, neoliberal, pro-Tory, anti-union, racist, little-Englander party but if you’d like examples, let’s see if I can provide some for you:

Support for NHS privatisation.

Support for Northern Ireland unionism in a referendum – when the Good Friday Agreement demands that he would have to be impartial.

Racism.

Homophobia.

Siding with the rich against the poor.

Blaming others for his own failures.

These:

  • The campaign to punish Labour left-wingers.
  • The campaign to silence criticism.
  • The erosion of Labour’s share of the electorate.
  • Starmer’s support for the loss of our right to protest.
  • Starmer’s attempt to gaslight us into thinking Jeremy Corbyn is responsible for Labour’s loss of support.
  • Starmer’s sustained support of Conservative policies and legislation.
  • Starmer’s support of the so-called Spycops Bill in particular.
  • Starmer’s adoption of fascist symbolism, in line with the Tories – flags, haircuts and suits preferred over socialist policies.
  • Efforts by right-wing Labour Party officers and representatives – many of them unelected – to disenfranchise party members and deny them representation.
  • And an attitude of entitlement that tries to tell us that we must accept Starmer sneering at us because he thinks he knows better.

And his ditching of the 10 pledges on which he was elected Labour leader in the first place.

I have many more examples but will those do for the time being? And would Scottish Labour consider doing the same?

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Call him ‘Desperate’ Dave – noose starts to close on Cameron

'For the privileged few' was never going to include people in Scotland - not under a Tory government! Now David Cameron is facing the possible backlash from a country that his cabinet of millionaires - and other Tory governments going back 40 years - have abused as the testing-ground for some of their most oppressive schemes. So he's got every reason to look as worried as he does in the image.

‘For the privileged few’ was never going to include people in Scotland – not under a Tory government! Now David Cameron is facing the possible backlash from a country that his cabinet of millionaires – and other Tory governments going back 40 years – have abused as the testing-ground for some of their most oppressive schemes. So he’s got every reason to look as worried as he does in the image.

It seems David Cameron will be unable to avoid a ‘no confidence’ vote from his own political party, if Scotland decides to secede from the United Kingdom – even the Daily Torygraph has turned on him over this issue.

Tories are furious that Cameron allowed the referendum to go ahead, placing the UK in serious danger of break-up, according to the Telegraph – although the paper was unable to attach any names to the story; it all came from “a source” or “a senior source”. Normally this would mean a story is fiction but on this occasion it could be simply that nobody wants to stick their head over the parapet until the referendum’s result has been decided.

But this comment from one such ‘source’ rings true: “He is in a right hole. I think that he is in serious trouble. One of the reasons why I became a Conservative was a because of the union. We were the Conservative and Unionist Party.”

The article continues: “If Scotland left the UK ‘the trouble will be so great that we will have no chance of being the largest party’ at the election, the MP said,” indicating that the loss of their leader would hit the Tories so badly that they would not be able to regroup in time to run an effective general election campaign.

It seems a valid point –Ā consider this furtherĀ illustration of Tory desperation from Vox Political reader Tony Johnson, who posted a message on the Facebook page stating that the Conservatives had emailed supporters, encouraging them “to ring up Scottish voters in their ‘phone bank’, or contact Scottish friends with a special Facebook app, to dissuade them from voting YES.

“There’s nothing like a desperate last ditch stand,” he wrote.Ā “Personally, if I was undecided, a call from a desperate English Tory would swing me into the YES camp, so it may well be a self-defeating exercise.”

Agreed!

The report also suggests that Labour leader Ed Miliband would also be in serious trouble in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, losing a Labour heartland “and more than 40 MPs”.

It’s a good point – but many might argue that a new leader would make Labour more electable.

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Does Cameron really think Scotland will stay in the UK because he wants it?

Why Cameron is on a hiding to nothing: Many Scottish people have not forgotten how British governments have mistreated them. [Image: Ceasefire Magazine]

Why Cameron is on a hiding to nothing: Many Scottish people have not forgotten how British governments have mistreated them. [Image: Ceasefire Magazine]

David Cameron gave a speech today in which he made an impassioned plea for Scottish people to vote for staying in the United Kingdom – and if any of them needed an excuse to do the exact opposite, there it is.

He made hisĀ comments from the Olympic Park in London – which says everything you need to know about his relationship with Scotland. Was he afraid of the jeers if he travelled up to Edinburgh?

“I passionately believe it is in their interests to stay in the UK – that way Scotland has the space to take decisions while still having the security that comes with being part of something bigger,” Cameron wittered. But he has been shrinking the state. The UK as a whole is much smaller – economically and philosophically – than it was four years ago and that’s his fault.

“In the UK, Scotland is part of a major global player,” he burbled. But the rest of the world now looks down on the UK because of his unstatesmanlike behaviour when dealing with foreign powers. He has diminished the UK in the international community and the Scottish people are well able to see that.

Appealing for those of us in the other UK countries – England, Wales and NI – to apply emotional blackmail on our friends in Scotland, he gibbered: “From us to the people of Scotland, let the message be this: We want you to stay.”

Cameron must think we all have memories so short we could qualify as brain-damaged. Conservatives have historically used Scotland as the testing ground for every rotten little policy they wanted to try out – remember the Poll Tax? – because of no special quality other than the fact that there are no Conservative MPs there.

I don’t want Scotland to vote for independence because I think Scottish people have contributed hugely towards the culture shared by everybody living on the British Isles – it is possible they have added more to our society than the English who dominate our political lives.

In return, they have been treated abominably – most particularly by English Conservatives – and that is why I can’t see Scotland staying in the Union while an English Conservative is in charge in Westminster.

If Scotland does go, you should all know what will happen next: Wales will become the testing ground for rubbish Tory policies. They won’t try it on Northern Ireland because that province’s history tells them exactly what they’d get in return – and if that isn’t a good enough reason for the Welsh people to go feral and start causing havoc, I don’t know what is!

So well done, David – you have considerably worsened our chances of remaining united.

My only hope is that, if Scotland does secede from the union, its leaders keep the door open, so that there always remains the possibility of some form of reunification on terms that strengthen both countries – when (or if) a reasonable government is returned to office in the UK.

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