Johann Lamont’s Brighton speech welcomes the ‘defeat of independence’ next year so that ‘the Labour Party will not be broken up’. But The Burd goes behind that grandstanding to get at the truth.
I am puzzled by the virulence with which Labour folk have thirled themselves to the Union.
To put it another way, I am bemused by their inherent opposition to independence. Oh, there are a few hardy souls who still hold to the notion of an international struggle to create a socialist utopia where the workers have united to defeat the dead hand of capitalism. But even that doesn’t explain it. For one, you wonder what they are doing in the modern Labour party at all and for another, why does a union which was formed 300 years ago for politically and economically expedient reasons, represent the most effective vehicle in the 21st Century for achieving such a goal?
But for the rest of them, those who got with the new Labour project either willingly or with reluctance, why does it matter so much?
In trying to fathom out what’s going…
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