English leader’s interference in Scottish affairs will destroy a party already reeling after Starmer’s rejection of new independence referendum
An explosive BBC Scotland interview with Scottish parliamentarian Neil Findlay has dealt a likely death blow to whatever faint chances remained for Scottish Labour in this year’s Holyrood elections after Keir Starmer sided firmly with the English Establishment by rejecting the prospect of a new independence referendum.
Findlay said that he understood that pressure from millionaire donors had led to Keir Starmer’s ‘intervention… to get rid of Richard Leonard‘:
Findlay also accused the Scottish Labour right of ‘continual undermining’ Leonard’s leadership, ‘throwing their toys out of the pram’ and ‘appalling’ behaviour – which confirms that the Scottish Labour right is as bankrupt, blinkered and unprincipled as its English counterpart.
Findlay’s account was corroborated by evidence that acting general secretary David Evans and deputy leader Angela Rayner were also involved in the call with the wealthy donors:
Keir Starmer is well known to have been chasing contributions from former wealthy donors as he tries to fill the hole in Labour’s finances created by the departure of many tens of thousands of left members who have quit in disgust at his rightward lurch and his betrayal of the campaign promises that fooled some on the left into helping elect him, as well as union Unite’s decision to slash its party funding.
The Labour leader also wriggled to avoid declaring most of his wealthy individual donors until the leadership contest was over.
But the ‘intervention’ is going to destroy the Scottish party in the eyes of Scottish voters already appalled at Labour’s cosying up to the Establishment and its rejection of their hopes of freedom from Tory abuse and arrogance.
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