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This is not an attack on the SNP as a whole. I’m in it. I wouldn’t attack me would I?
I’ll come back the SNP leadership. First what is ‘the Left’? What are ‘left-wing’ politics? Some folk seem confused.
Emerging out of organised labour movements in the 19th and 20th centuries, ‘left-wing’ politics then meant simply a movement working to reduce economic equalities between owners and their white, male, protestant, working-class employees and, in so doing, improve the general living conditions of the masses. Slowly, over time, left-wing politics came to embrace the emancipation and equality for women, for other religious groups, for other ethnicities and, disgracefully late I know, for LGBT groups. I appreciate that these groups have not been universally emancipated across the globe. Scotland has done quite well.
Regardless of this worthy broadening of purpose, economic equality remains the defining criterion. Clearly it is not acceptable that only a small number of women, members of an ethnic minority or LGBT-identifiers rise to positions of prominence in an otherwise unequal society. There were such people in the Roman Empire, 2 000 years ago. Truly ‘left-wing’ politics requires that all women, all members of ethnic minorities and all LGBT-identifiers have at least equal opportunities. This has, of course not happened and some feminist activists accuse professional women of abandoning their unskilled sisters to the mercies of capitalism.
So, back in the USA, Trump’s victory is a defeat for all of these groups but perhaps not the first-mentioned, white, working-class men and it may be reasonably argued, their communities. A Clinton victory would, I assume, have been a victory for all of the other groups but only in one sense – tolerance. Clinton’s loyalty to the banks, to the corporations and to the war aims of Sunni monarchies in the Gulf would have been of little benefit to poor black or Hispanic Americans trapped in their ghettoes or dying in her wars nor, for that matter, to poor white women cleaning the offices at 4am for minimum wages. Trump has spoken of rapprochement with Russia and disengaging from wars which do not demonstrably benefit American citizens. I know he’s a misogynistic homophobic racist bastard. I haven’t forgotten. A Clinton victory would also have meant no change for the misery of the poor white working-classes in ‘The Rustbelt’ towns.
Clinton talks of, and justifies her email secrecy, as a reaction to a great, right-wing conspiracy against her husband and now her. Whether she is being honest or not about it, it is nonsense. She is not left-wing by the essential criteria above. The US has only one party with two right wings. Senator Sanders was genuinely left-wing and popular but he was forced out for those very reasons.
What happened in the USA was that the dominant right-wing of the Democratic Party defeated its only left-wing senator. Then the right-wing of the Democrats was beaten by the uniformly right-wing Republican Party candidate playing the only vaguely left-wing but also, satisfyingly for them, racist card it had.
Back in Scotland, why for Forfar’s sake, did the FM get involved in this bloody mess? Why didn’t she and the former FM too, just stay oot? Hasn’t she got a degree in politics? It was such a ‘no-brainer’, I haven’t met anyone who thought it was a good idea.
I’m left with the only possible explanation being that a win for any woman, any woman at all, even a war criminal, will do for Nicola. As for Salmond, how can you want Blair tried for war crimes and not her? If Clinton was a Serb, she’d be in The Hague right now awaiting trial.