The phrase “Labour independence supporters” is an oxymoron. What will it take for people to learn that British Labour is a unionist party. Its position on the constitutional issue is precisely the same as the Tories’. It subscribes to exactly the same brand of jingoistic British nationalism.
Voting for British Labour is as totally inconsistent with the aims of he Yes movement as voting Conservative is with the principles of socialism. When you vote for British Labour, just as when you vote for any of the British parties, you are not only voting AGAINST independence, you are voting to ensure that independence cannot possibly ever happen.
At the very time when the forces of British nationalism are rallying, it is depressing to find so many friends of the Yes movement still insisting that we should be accepting of people who talk the talk of the independence campaign while walking with those who are fanatically opposed to that movement. We certainly should never point out the glaring contradiction for fear of upsetting these delicate hot-house flowers.
Quite why we should be concerned about upsetting them is not clear. I’m told we might deter them from supporting the cause. But they’re not supporting the cause! So what exactly do we stand to lose? And if they’re that easily put off then they were never real supporters of the cause anyway. More likely, they’d latched onto the word ‘independence’ as a fashion statement. Or as a marketing device for their own little faction.
At the very time when the forces of British nationalism are rallying, it is distressing to find so many friends of he Yes movement still obsessing about ‘diversity’ and insisting that we spread our effort and fight on a multitude of fronts. The strength of the anti-independence campaign lies in the simplicity of its message and in its solidarity, focus and discipline. Until the Yes movement commits to a single common message and learns to match and surpass that solidarity, focus and discipline, it will never succeed.
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