By Russell Bruce
I have been quiet since the Referendum. It isn’t that I had nothing to say in the wake of a result we thought might be different. Other things were squeezed out and set aside and a big catch up on other fronts was inevitable. What none of us could have predicted was the extraordinary political situation that has been unfolding in the last few weeks.
I was never going to go away in the event of a NO vote. That much was clear. Well I have not gone away and thousands and thousands of Yes supporters are busy laying the groundwork for the next big push that is clearly coming in just a few months time with the 2015 UK general election.
In the meantime we have the farce that is ‘Scottish’ Labour to keep us amused. But never for a moment forget they have the media inside track and will fight back, urging people in Scotland to vote Labour to get rid of the Tories. They don’t do irony.
A Labour government formed by Ed Miliband in a few months time looks a very unlikely scenario. But some in Scotland will buy their smooth words along with their fresh new scare stories. It is too early to get carried away with the STV Ipsos/Mori wipeout poll. A lot of work and determination will be required to achieve the major dent that needs to be inflicted on Jim Murphy and his band of Tory fellow travellers.
The news that Katy Clark is considering standing for Deputy Leader of the ‘Scottish’ Labour Party is an interesting development. Considered a rebel, which she denies, claiming that she upholds traditional Labour values makes her possible entry into the leadership stakes very interesting. On the left of the party, she is opposed to the renewal of Trident, campaigns against the ‘bedroom tax’ but failed to follow the ideals of the Independent Labour Party and campaigned against independence. Her great-great grandfather, Alexander Sloan, was MP for South Ayrshire from 1939 until he died in 1946. Katy Clark graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an LLB in 1990. She was elected as MP for North Ayrshire and Arran in 2005 and had a majority of 9,895 (21.5%) in 2010.
It would be difficult to find what she really has in common with Jim Murphy, but that is the Labour Party for you. It is thought she will team up with left-wing Labour MSP Neil Findlay, who is standing for ‘Scottish’ Leader.
Yes interesting. Katy Clark is a bright lady, but is that enough to stand against the Murphy ticket where real politics gets down to the really important stuff like an Irn Bru crate and getting an ‘undercover pal’ to pelt you with eggs? That’s the big storyline kind of meat the media think you actually want to hear about.
Over the weekend I will upload my submission to the Smith Commission, submitted in one of my other roles as Leader of the Border Group of Business for Scotland. Next week I will be commenting on the The National Institute of Economic and Social Research submission.