Cor­byn ef­fect helped Killen

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Al­though I don’t live in the Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West con­stituency, I fol­low its po­lit­i­cal life and as an exCam­bus­lang Har­rier I have great af­fec­tion for the good peo­ple of the area.

So I of­fer my com­mis­er­a­tions to Mar­garet Fer­rier for the loss of her seat.

I do not know Ms Fer­rier per­son­ally or have ever met her but I fol­lowed her work on the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial is­sues of her area - the sav­ing of the steel­works as one ex­am­ple- and also the Scot­land­wide mat­ters.

I don’t know what the new MP Mr Killen’s view­point was or is as re­gards Jeremy Cor­byn but I think Mr Cor­byn was an el­e­ment of sup­port for Mr Killen.

De­spite the in­sults, bla­tant un­truths and ha­tred di­rected at Mr Cor­byn, and not just by the Tories and their sup­port­ing me­dia, he stead­fastly re­fused to be drawn into a sim­i­lar re­sponse but gave voice and ex­pres­sion to the ex­ist­ing rich/poor divide and other work­ing class in­jus­tices. Th­ese were the found­ing pur­pose of the Labour Party.

He struck a chord with work­ing peo­ple as well as with our youth.

While I have dif­fer­ences with Mr Cor­byn on the Scot­tish con­sti­tu­tion ques­tion, I nev­er­the­less ad­mire the fire he rekin­dled in the ma­jor­ity of his mem­bers and sup­port­ers that in my opin­ion re­sulted in the elec­tion of six ad­di­tional MPs in Scot­land.

Pol­i­tics is now mov­ing at great speed and will con­tinue to do so for sev­eral years. We live in in­ter­est­ing times. Robert Bren­nan Caslemilk

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