Sunday, 13 May 2012

Unionism before Social Values.

It is interesting to see how Scottish Labour put the importance of Unionism above their party's social and economic values by giving the Scottish Tories far more power than their vote deserved.

Scottish Labour have cast aside their committment to the social values of their core voters by sharing power with the Tories in many councils in Scotland despite the SNP having the greatest number of seats on councils.

The interests of the Union are more important to Labour and the Tories than the economic interests of the people of Scotland.

To see the same thing happening in Wales, just go to Carmarthenshire, the only difference there is that the Tories are disguised as Independents.

Vote Labour, get Tories! The message that Carwyn Jones should have sent to Cameron was, "Were with you all the way."

9 comments:

John said...

That's democracy for you, look at Greece, look right across Europe.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Yes but the point is that the social values/ideology of the SNP and Labour are a lot closer than Labour/Tory. They are therefore not closing ranks in the interests of working together on a set of common values but to prevent the 'democratic' choice of the people of Scotland (and Carmarthenshire) from being excercised.

Anonymous said...

It's not only Scotland, the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems were on course to form a coalition in Powys until Carwyn and Andrew RT stepped in to stop it.

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2012-05-11/councils-coalition-talks-latest-6/

Anonymous said...

This horror is no more exemplified on Aberdeen City Council, where the Labour Party have formed a ruling coalition with the Tories. There was a city wide referendum last year on a 'the Granite Web City Garden' project, where a planning referendum was held. The people voted in favour. The Labour-Tory coalition has just scrapped this project. Not only is this against the will of the council election result (prior to the deal with Labour the Tories supported the redevelopment) but specifically against the expressed wish of the people of the city as demonstrated in the referendum. Not only do Labour form pacts with Tories to keep the 'union' but also they are inflicting a 'scorched earth' policy in the process.

glynbeddau said...

I take it that John (or the Stonemason he used to be now accepts they the 1997 devolution vote was democratic or is he still counting those who didn't voter as voting NO.

Or does he think democracy is only legitimate when his side win.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to be surprised about!
In the former Soviet Union there was a communist economic system with so many candidates standing in each area,whoever won the election had to administer the system.
In the U K the only difference is a capitalist system and so called political parties, whoever wins has to administer the capitalist system.
Apologies if the truth hurts!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to quibble but in the USSR the "real election" took place among the elites within the party, then the population just got to "vote" for the 1 candidate who won the internal contest.

Sympathetic to your main point though! Not a cigarette paper between the UK parties.

Anonymous said...

Why does the council website say you have joined the independents? Surely you are plaid?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

I was elected as Plaid Cymru and still am a Plaid Cymru Councillor. I am also in the Independent Group. That way I can best serve the people of my ward.