Herald Letter: Labour’s Record.

THE causes behind the collapse of the Labour Party in Scotland are so various and complex that they will keep academics in business for many years to come: indeed, it is the combination of factors, both external and of the Party’s own making, into such a perfect storm that has made that collapse so complete.

However, views such as those expressed by Ian Thomson illustrate one of Labour’s own most obvious political failures: “the egregious failure, when placed with a large majority, to rebuild the country’s schools, welfare services, and health provision”. If Mr Thomson truly believes this, he is mistaken, and Labour itself should have better informed him.

In fact, Labour rebuilt hundreds of schools, for example the whole secondary estate in Glasgow, and committed resources to deprived areas for this purpose throughout England. It also created the welfare provision which is now so viciously under attack from the Tories (with no relief offered by the SNP, despite the new powers of the Scottish Parliament). And it invested in the NHS so that satisfaction levels were at an all-time high.

Like every government, the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were not perfect. However, Labour might have done rather better if subsequent leaders were more inclined to make known its many positive achievements, from devolution to lifting hundreds of thousands of children and pensioners from poverty.

Peter A Russell

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One thought on “Herald Letter: Labour’s Record.

  1. Peter, I couldn’t agree more and one important factor often overlooked is ‘novelty’ – the propensity of human beings to seek or accept change almost for its own sake. Just as infants become tired of toys and are excited (temporarily) by new ones, so many voters were tired of the Labour Party (despite its many achievements) and fell for Tory propaganda and the poisonous blandishments of nationalism, a political disease spreading throughout the world (despite it being responsible for two world wars and later death and destruction). Labour will re-emerge eventually, after Corbyn, McCluskey et al have departed the scene and voters tire of the Tories, SNP in Scotland and Trump in America etc.

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