Comment posted Canary goes belly-up in Yes Scotland campaign by newsroom.
From what Patrick Harvie has said, there IS a decision by the Scottish Greens not to make an intended commitment to Yes Scotland at this point – for the reasons he gave.
This situation is to be REVIEWED at the party’s October conference.
The core issue is the one Harvie has described in accounting for a campaign that has not – yet – proved inclusive of its participants.
He has said that the Greens should not be used simply to wave a flag for someone else.
This resonates with a memorable situation in the 1988 American Presidential Election where the charismatic black leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson, was judged by the Democrats not to be politically acceptable as Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate.
But they needed the votes and the liberal credibility he could deliver.
Jackson, unforgettably, used the language of the slave trade to account for the position the party expected him to adopt, saying:
‘I cannot be asked to go out into the field, pick up votes, bail them up and deliver them to the big house where policy is made without being part of that equation’.
The parallel between where Jackson found himself then and where Patrick Harvie finds himself is obvious.
We continue to hold the view that the willful waste of the support of Harvie and the Greens is damaging.Fences may be mended by October but only the blinkered would seek to believe that what has happened now is of no account.
Harvie has been the most persuasive voice for the independence case – because he has not fudged issues, has been seen to be thinking in response to questions rather than parroting a pre-existing line – and has has been relaxed in his transparency.
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On the current position of the Labour party, Kassandra – both you and Malcolm, above, have foundation for how you see that position. This is because Labour is on a cusp, from where it can fall or rise – by its own actions.
That it may fail is the basis for the weak recent polling in respect of the May 2015 General Election.
That it may rise – and if it does it can present the most serious threat to the SNP – is the reason for the obvious SNP fear that this may happen.
You have a perfect right to wish it to fail; but if it does, it will leave the unicameral Scottish Parliament with a serious democratic deficit which does not take long to be to everyone’s disadvantage.
Never give too much power to anyone.
- Labour paralysis proves Lamont right
Looking at some of the comments above, we are unhappy with the degree of quite vicious and crude abuse of people whose views differ from those of the contributors in question.
We would ask contributors to be civil, to engage with the argument of the person to whom they are responding,and not to take the cheap shot lazy route of rubbishing and abusing them instead.
We are all human beings, distinguished by our ability to reason – than which there are few greater pleasures.
- Launch of a Credit Union for Cowal
Thank you for providing these missing names.
This is a very worthwhile initiative, particularly so in the Credit Union focus on community.
Our congratulations to everyone who has made this happen.
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You will find that we have consistently been pretty excoriating on ‘Labour’s woes’.
Johann Lamont’s parting shot could not be more accurate – that Labour’s Westminster MP cadre has not understood at all that the driver of politics in the UK at the moment is Scotland and not Westminster.
If they cannot grasp that and recalibrate what passes for their thinking on that premise, they will not have earned support.
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How do the Greens feel about the extent to which the SNP and its followers are simply taking ownership of them – like a flower in the SNP buttonhole?
They decorate it well, of course, and did sterling service in the indy referendum, keeping mum at all costs – but they are paying the price of their lunch now.
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