It may well be that the anonymous spokesperson for British Labour in Scotland is being uncharacteristically forthright in acknowledging the scale of the challenge facing the pretendy wee party in May. But there is nothing to suggest that they recognise the nature of that challenge. The nonsense about British Labour in Scotland using the supposed “powers” of the latest Scotland BIll to “bring an end to failed Tory austerity” demonstrates that they simply don’t understand the situation.
They condemn the SNP for being “content to just manage Tory austerity”, evidently oblivious to, or in denial of, the fact that this is all a devolved administration can ever hope to do.
The charge that the SNP is “content” with this situation is, if anything, even more ridiculous and demonstrates yet again the confused and contradictory hypocrisy that is so typical of all the British parties in Scotland. In one breath they accuse the SNP of being “obsessed” by independence. In the next, they say the SNP is “content” with things as they stand. It makes no sense.
But the hypocrisy doesn’t end there. For is it not British Labour in Scotland who insist that the SNP should “just manage Tory austerity”? Take the bedroom tax, for example. Was it not British Labour in Scotland who, rather than fight this obscene imposition at source, put all their energies into demanding that John Swinney find the resources to fully mitigate its impact? What is that if not managing Tory austerity?
And is it not British Labour in Scotland that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the Tories in vehement opposition to the Scottish Parliament having the power to do more than merely buy-off the austerity fetishism that infects all of British politics by effectively diverting funds from vital services in Scotland to the British Treasury in London?
Only with the full powers of independence might any Scottish Government put an end to austerity. While British Labour in Scotland continues to fight against independence, they are fighting for austerity.