So there’s this, which isn’t the biggest surprise.
Having already told the people of Scotland to get stuffed and forget about having any sort of voice in government if they wouldn’t vote for Labour, there’s no major shock in Miliband doing the same to those in Wales.
But alert readers may have noticed that there’s one more Celtic nation in the UK that hasn’t been mentioned yet. What’s the Labour position there?
We’ve never professed to understand anything about the strange and unique world of Northern Irish politics, so it wasn’t until Daily Record cub reporter Aidan Kerr had this short exchange with Scottish Labour chief of staff John McTernan today that we fully appreciated the jaw-dropping absurdity and hypocrisy of the situation.
We’re not sure what McTernan thinks his “point” is by the end, and we suspect he doesn’t either. But the key fact is that Kerr is right – the SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party) stands for the reunification of Ireland, yet it’s affiliated with Labour, and Labour stands aside in Northern Irish seats to give the SDLP a free run.
So let’s recap:
– the SNP want independence for Scotland, breaking up the UK, and Labour absolutely refuse to work with them in the UK parliament for that reason.
– Plaid Cymru want independence for Wales, breaking up the UK, and Labour absolutely refuse to work with them in the UK parliament for that reason.
– the SDLP want independence for Ireland, breaking up the UK, and Labour not only work with them in the UK parliament but actively help them to win seats.
We’ll just leave you to ponder the numerous implications of that, folks.