What is striking about all this is the fact that, despite having had an embarrassment of opportunities to practice, British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) still doesn’t have a set procedure for electing a new leader. It’s not as if this is all new to them. Over the last decade, BLiS has changed its leader on average once a year.
OK! Not all of these changes have required an election. But, including those in an acting capacity, there have been no fewer than ten names associated with the job of managing British Labour’s Scottish branch office since devolution. To put that into some kind of context, the comparable figure for both the SNP and the “Scottish” Conservatives is three.
For BLiS, changing leaders should be like changing socks. Yet they continue to have the same unedifying squabbles about the process every time it happens. If a ‘party’ can’t even organise its internal affairs efficiently, how can it be relied upon to manage the nation’s affairs?
And when one considers that almost all of the dispute about process is occasioned by various factions within British Labour trying to gain advantage by circumventing democracy, why would we ever trust these people with our democracy?
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