Put people before pointless politics
THE intense tribalism of Scottish politics has a lot to answer for.
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.