There’s talk of a purge of senior officials in Scottish Labour who are tainted by association with the Blair era and its right-wing militaristic policies. This follows on from the Scottish Left Review’s call for Kezia Dugdale to be removed and for the Scottish branch to be fully behind Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Most would give credit for Labour’s wee recovery in the last election to Corbyn’s left-wing agenda than to anything Dugdale did. Would Kezia have been a ‘Blair’s Babe’? I’m going no further on that thread of thought.
The Glasgow Herrod has rather dramatically headlined the idea:
‘Scottish Labour in civil war: Party in revolt amid calls for purge of Blairites to consolidate Corbyn’s power’
Clearly Kezia would have to go as she opposed Corbyn’s election as leader and, objectively, has been a failure as leader.
The thing is, if Scottish Labour went Corbynite, might that draw further SNP supporters back to the Labour Party thinking we’ll give the Union one more go and of course get fooled again (Who? Yes, the Who)? The danger in that is that by weakening the SNP vote, they won’t win more Labour seats but they might, by splitting the left-vote, let more Tories in with quite small majorities as well as small appendages.
I like Corbyn and I wish him well in England but surely, we’ve learned our lesson now after a century of Labour and Tory governments, leaving Scotland in economic ruin, only now being turned round by the SNP?