Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp is almost certainly correct when he says that Corbyn won’t win. The danger is that the goodies he’s dangling before voters will persuade the more credulous on the left to return to the British Labour fold – where good sheeple belong. They will vote for the rhetoric of rail re-nationalisation and tuition fee abolition because it makes them feel good to do so; not because there is any realistic hope of these things actually being delivered by a British government.
They will vote for British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) from sentiment, not sense. And in doing so they will undermine the SNP – the only party that can at least maintain a political environment in which progressive policies are a possibility.
They will vote for BLiS candidates telling themselves they’re voting for Corbyn, when the reality is that the candidate they’re voting for is vehemently opposed to everything Corbyn claims to stand for. And in doing so they will only give advantage to a viciously right wing Tory regime which has the ability to spin the slightest setback for the SNP as a triumph for British nationalism and a rout of the entire independence movement.
They will vote for BLiS candidates in dumb disregard of the realpolitik which dictates that, in an electoral contest which pits the SNP against the Tories, whatever weakens the former must inexorably strengthen the other. And in doing so they will hand the British nationalists the power they crave. Power which will be used to progress their ‘One Nation’ project, at horrendous cost to Scotland.
All of this the gullible on the left will do in the name of their ideological purity and a political fantasy. Somewhere deep inside, some of may realise that they are making a futile and potentially disastrous gesture. They know that they will lose. But, like moths to a flame, they are drawn to the warm glow of honourable defeat in preference to the chill of real-world politics.
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