Monday, 31 October 2011
Labour's leadership elections are complex and the one for the leader of the Scottish branch has been particularly lengthy with subdued interest from the MSM and little from many bloggers. On Saturday Scottish Labour held a special conference in Glasgow, where their retiring leader Iain Gray was most ungracious about the SNP and candidates for the leadership and deputy leadership participated in a hustings
They also unanimously agree to support the public sector strikes which are planned for 30 November; perhaps in an attempt to show some form of detachment from their UK Labour leader who was booed at last month's TUC conference in London for saying an earlier one day strike, on the same issue, had been a 'mistake'. It was a different message regarding minimum alcohol pricing. All three leadership candidates said they would oppose the Bill but acknowledged, owing to the government's majority, there was nothing they could do.
The leadership candidates also appeared on yesterday's Politics Show but there was no mention of this. 'The Labour Party has called on the Scottish Government to publish legal advice on Scotland's status in the EU should it become independent'.
If Labour are not prepared to accept the Scottish Government's explanation, then surely they can make their own enquiries through the EU legal department. The article doesn't explain why the Scottish Government refused the FOI from the Labour MEP Catherine Stihler and Ms Stihler hasn't made the reason given public. One word of caution for the SNP in this matter. They must be very clear and honest with the electorate regards an independent Scotland's membership of the EU. Nothing less will do.
To show my impartiality, I've placed another poll on the right hand side where votes for the leadership of Scottish Labour can be recorded.