Feeling threatened? Insults fired at the SNP
More insults raining down on the SNP tonight with the Labour hopeful in Glasgow South calling the party a “cult”.
Curious for any person defending a 10,000+ “safe seat” to say that because it sounds like he feels threatened.
He is, of course.
Six of the seven Labour seats across Glasgow are in the 10,000+ majority bracket and the SNP has never won a general election seat in the city.
But it looks hairy for Tom – for Labour.
You see an awful lot of SNP votes on the ballots across the hall here in Glasgow. Many activists see two-to-one in favour of the yellow. Turnout in most of the city is above 60 per cent.
People are seriously speaking of turning out Labour from its ultimate British bastion and Scotland’s biggest city.
And this is what London, England and perhaps Labour doesn’t get. Sure the tsunami of SNP support is astonishing from an English perspective.
In fact, though, it merely progresses the landslide by Alex Salmond in 2011 at the Holyrood election.
And my sense is that this is a far wider movement beyond the SNP itself. It is more than that.
Sure, it is a call towards independence but not primarily as an election issue, however much the London papers want to spin it from London.
It is a far wider rebellion against what is seen as the Great Blair New Labour Sell-out by so many Scots. The SNP in policy and personnel is in many ways what New Labour abandoned.
Put that against constantly not voting for the Tory government this country gets, and you have yet wider discontent.
All that reality will be visited on England now if the polls are right, by Scots left abandoned by a complacent Labour Party.
And independence? Why of course it will be back on the agenda if the exit poll becomes reality.
That’s democracy. And we will see how the Tories deal with it.
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