Put peo­ple be­fore point­less pol­i­tics

THE in­tense trib­al­ism of Scot­tish pol­i­tics has a lot to an­swer for.

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And from his con­ti­nen­tal van­tage point, Labour MEP David Martin has seen enough.

He thinks it’s high time the SNP and his party tip­toed away from the same old con­sti­tu­tional rows and faced up to the real is­sues.

Martin, cor­rectly, points out that fight­ing over which flag to fly is not the best way to spend your time.

Be­cause as long as na­tion­al­ism and union­ism hog the de­bate, real prob­lems are be­ing ig­nored.

Like on tax, the NHS, schools, coun­cils – es­sen­tially ev­ery­thing that ac­tu­ally mat­ters to peo­ple. But his sug­ges­tions of co­op­er­a­tion – even a fu­ture Holy­rood coali­tion – were slapped down by Labour as soon as they were ut­tered.

No one would ex­pect, or want, the SNP and Labour to drop their dif­fer­ences. Every­one knows what side of the fence they’re on when it comes to in­de­pen­dence.

But ev­ery time the SNP and Labour fight over the con­sti­tu­tion, it’s the Tories that inch for­ward.

It’s their dam­ag­ing so­cial poli­cies that should be tack­led head-on.

Indyref2 is cur­rently off the ta­ble. We’re in a rare non-election pe­riod. Left of cen­tre, so­cial demo­cratic par­ties should do what they’re sup­posed to do.

Stand up for work­ing peo­ple.

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