Monday, 30 July 2012
Is Scottish Labour Finally Wakening Up?
Tucked away on the economistjobs website is an advertisement entitled 'Head of Scotland Analysis and Stakeholder Engagement, HM Treasury, Edinburgh, Scotland'.
It seems London wants to open a branch of the Treasury in Edinburgh and needs an economist. Strangely it is a fixed-term appointment only to December 2014. The successful applicant will be responsible to Westminster ministers including the Secretary of State for Scotland.
I've yet to understand why this type of work can't be undertaken from London. After all, juggling statistics to meet specific demands can be done from a desk anywhere, but perhaps the Treasury has someone in mind who deserves a break from the Westminster bubble.
This 'job for the girls or boys' apart, it was interesting to note the appearance of the Labour for Independence website last week. At last someone within the red rose party has acknowledged the existence of Labour voters who support Scottish independence.
A few years ago when I did a wee bit canvassing in the Glasgow area, I came across quite a few Labour voters who sympathised with the SNP's desire for independence but felt a strong loyalty to Labour. Allan Grogan's efforts to create a platform for like-minded colleagues is a welcome step forward in the independence debate.
However, whether he gains the attention and support of Johann Lamont and other senior party members is another matter. I do hope he does, but fear they will shun his attempt to open a door for Labour-voting independence supporters, because it's common knowledge Scottish Labour is managed from London.
Good to see someone in Labour has wakened up to the opportunity of taking part in the debate and refusing to stick his head in the sand. Good luck to him.