The SNP MP argues in her column that Scottish Labour’s ‘obsession’ with the SNP allowed the Tories to win crucial votes while they faltered down south.
Left-wing Labour supporters are understandably angry that their party’s obsession with attacking the SNP helped the Tories win seats in Scotland at the general election.
A damning new report by the Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism has hit out at Labour Party chiefs for wasting the entire election campaign attacking the SNP, and opposing Scottish independence, when they should have been focused on holding the most right-wing Tory government in decades to account.
We’ve had seven years of Tory austerity that has hammered working families, damaged public services, and targeted cuts at the poorest and most vulnerable.
That same Tory government now wants to take us off a hard Brexit cliff edge, and shut Scotland out of the EU negotiations, as if our interests simply don’t matter.
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But instead of focusing their fire on the Tories, Labour spent the whole election campaign obsessed with the SNP, which activists rightly complain let the Tories off the hook and helped them win crucial votes.
This devastating verdict from Labour members themselves should make Kezia Dugdale, and others at the top of the party hierarchy, hang their heads in shame. Their Better Together fixation has made us all worse off, with Scotland now trapped under yet another Tory government.
Having run such a dismal election campaign, and having spent so long undermining Jeremy Corbyn, it is no surprise that Kezia Dugdale’s colleagues have the knives out, and want to replace her as leader – but Labour needs more than a change of face at the top.
In a hung parliament, with no party having won a majority of seats at Westminster, it is more important than ever that progressives work together to oppose the Tories and their right-wing agenda.