Old Labour May Be Too Weak To Save The Union

September 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

Gordon Brown is out fighting for the union. I joked the other day that with Brown and Darling taking the lead, why not also see if former PM Tony Blair could swing the vote. It’s a sad reflection on Labour’s legacy that these former Prime Ministers – Blair and Brown – are so lacking in credbility that they may even hinder the pro-union cause.

On Newsnight the SNP’s Stewart Hosie described Gordon Brown as a “backbench Labour MP making promises he can’t keep”. Ouch!

MP’s like Jim Murphy have been much more effective making the case for staying together. The member from East Renfrewshire is typical of a kind of articulate stalwart you’d expect only in Scotland.

Except, on reflection, he’s not typical. There are too few Jim Murphy’s left in Scotland. New Labour’s obsession with middle England has perhaps dealt a fatal blow to the union itself as Owen Jones outlines in the Guardian


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