Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Holed Below The Waterline
It was trailed as 'a major change in strategy' when the beleaguered leader of Labour in Scotland relaunched his party's election campaign by preaching to the converted - his own supporters. Iain Gray's problem is his party has no strategy to change.
Until now Labour has focused on 'Tory cuts' until last week when they suddenly realised they were receiving little enthusiasm from the voters who know the current state of the economy is due to UK Labour's mishandling over the past 10 years.
So yesterday Iain Gray decided to try another tack: 'Alex Salmond's only plan is a plan for separation'. Oh dearie me, it's becoming embarrassing to listen to his interviews, but all is not lost. The heavyweights are visiting Scotland this week in the form of Milliband and Balls who will be accompanied by the destroyer of the UK economy, Gordon Brown.
The very thought of the three Mouseketeers on the ill-fated Labour campaign trail will have the SNP riveted with fear nae doot. Unfortunately for Labour, yesterday's performance was less like a relaunch and more like a distress signal.
If enthusiasm, commitment and dedication were to be counted on 5 May, then the SNP will win hands down. My only concern is the postal voting 'system'. All I can hope is that the SNP's scrutiny is par excellence.