Those former Labour voters who put the Union before progressive politics and voted Tory have gone. They’re backing the Tories now to beat the SNP. It didn’t work. The SNP won by a landslide – 431 to 276 seats. Labour lost 112 seats to the Tories who campaigned on an explicitly Unionist agenda, nothing else.
The Scottish Labour party cannot win them back nor should it want them back. They weren’t real Labour people if they accept Tory policies such as the Bedroom Tax in return for preserving a Union with one of the most right-wing administrations we’ve seen for decades.
It’s time for Scottish Labour to embrace independence, move to the left of the SNP and start again. This way they can build a new party with a coherent and principled manifesto firmly placed on leftist values and over the next few decades come back as something Keir Hardie would admire.
Yet, here’s Kezia’s plan:
‘Kezia Dugdale shifts focus to unionism ahead of general election. Scottish Labour has moved to shore up its unionist vote in the wake of suffering losses to the Conservatives in the local elections last week….Ahead of the launch she urged voters to “send Nicola Sturgeon a message” to reject a referendum on June the 8th, exactly the same line as Davidson used ahead of the council elections.’
Labour for independence had 2 000 members in 2014. There’s potential support at the highest level in the party: