How typical of Nu-Labour to focus-group the surface and leave the substance rotten and thoroughly England-controlled
Scottish Labour’s notional leader Anas Sarwar has decided to remove the red rose from the Scottish party logo and replace it with a red thistle, after focus groups – the Blairites’ bible – said the rose didn’t play well.
A party source – it’s notable that it was not described as a Scottish party source – told the Herald that ‘This is a big step in the right direction for Scottish Labour’ and ‘this is just one part of a wider culture change that is about building a political party for a modern Scotland’.
How typical of the Blairite mentality that changing a logo, the most superficial of all possible changes, is considered a ‘big step’.
But even more relevantly – and more ‘Blairitely’ – the change is masking a rotten reality. Because in Nu-Labour terms, a ‘political party for a modern Scotland’ is one that’s in the pocket of the Westminster Labour right.
Scottish Labour is supposedly a separate unit with its own autonomy in Labour structures, but last year Keir Starmer ‘intervened’ to remove Scottish party leader Richard Leonard because he wanted to please some millionaires he hoped might give some money to the party with Leonard gone.
Not satisfied with that, the English leadership also forced the Scottish party’s general secretary to resign, so he could be replaced with someone Starmer liked better. The manoeuvre failed – the donors didn’t materialise and Labour is near bankruptcy – but it spoke volumes about the contempt of the English Labour right for Scotland and Scottish Labour.
Replacing the red rose with a red thistle is a surface gesture of the kind so loved of the Labour right because it avoids having to actually change the status quo – but in reality it is a massive insult to the Scottish people, because it reveals that Starmer and co think they’re daft and gullible enough to fall for such superficiality.
But the control-freakery of the Labour right means that Scottish Labour is still considered a vassal to the English leadership and a new logo is nowhere near enough to hide that reality, let alone change it or make the current Labour regime any kind of ‘political party for a modern Scotland’.
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