We’ll be honest, readers, we’re actually quite happy that the Tories are now the lead Unionist party in Scotland. Because after four and a half years, we’ve pretty much run out of things to say about the epic, unquenchable stupidity of Scottish Labour.
The above tweets from the branch office’s former leader come from an exchange about a long-standing Glasgow charity that’s been forced out of its premises after the Labour-run city council hiked its rent by 400,000%. (No, that’s not a typo – we really mean FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND PERCENT.)
Of course, that Lamont should choose to blame the SNP for cuts coming down the line from the Tory government at Westminster (that only controls Scotland’s budget at all because Lamont and her colleagues campaigned for Scotland to remain in the UK) is no surprise.
But it’s the sheer jaw-dropping lack of self-awareness in that last line which lays bare the incredible inability of her pseudo-party to learn a single lesson from the revolution in Scottish politics that’s been going on for most of the last decade.
Because it takes quite some effort of blind-eye-turning to accuse Nicola Sturgeon of being the person who doesn’t “get” Glasgow in the face of the evidence. It’s not like the voters haven’t handed out some pretty big clues.
In 2015 Labour crashed from 100% of Glasgow seats to 0% in the space of a single election. A year later it was wiped out at Holyrood too. Nicola Sturgeon won her own Glasgow seat with over 61% of the vote, more than 38 points ahead of the runner-up, while Johann Lamont was thrashed by nearly 6500 votes in hers, losing it to the SNP on a 12.5% swing. Glasgow voted Yes in the independence referendum.
We’re almost out of adjectives to describe the delusion of a party that can go through all that and STILL not take the hint about who isn’t “getting” Glasgow. With the council elections coming next year, Labour’s running out of time to hear the message.