Scottish National Party Activist: “The Election Ends 50 Years of British Labour Domination”

5 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Scottish National Party Activist: "The Election Ends 50 Years of British Labour Domination</h1><p>May 5 (EIRNS) -- "These are certainly interesting times," long-time activist in the Scottish National Party Alan Clayton said today.</p><p>In a discussion with EIR, after the May 3rd elections for the Scottish Parliament.</p><p>"Things are very much in flux at the moment," said Clayton. A lot has to be worked out, Clayton said, since the SNP has only one more seat in the Scottish Parliament than the Labour Party, but the vote certainly changes a situation which has existed for 50 years, since Labour has dominated Scotland since the 1950s.</p><p>It is not clear how the SNP might form a government, since the Liberal Democrats, with whom the SNP might ally, opposes a "yes or no" referendum on Scottish independence, as promoted by the SNP.</p><p>Some kind of compromise, such as a multi-question referendum, might be worked out, but all that remains to be worked out.</p><p>The key point, Clayton said, is that the SNP is clearly the opposition in Scotland; people voted against Labour as much due to their opposition to the Iraq war and the stationing of the Trident nuclear missiles in Scotland, as for independence.</p><p>There is also a lot of disquiet in Scotland due to the effects of <b>globalization</b> .</p><p>Glasgow used to be one of the industrial centers of Europe, especially in shipbuilding, and now there is only one shipyard left, and orders for British ferries are going to Poland, not Glasgow.</p><p>The election results are certainly going to have an effect on politics throughout the UK.</p><p>Gordon Brown, Tony Blair's anointed successor as Prime Minister in the near future, has declared that he will not cooperate with the SNP, but now he will have no choice.</p><p>Many issues are on the table, said Clayton, on economic policy, on where the oil revenues go, and others, and there will be a lot more debate on these now.</p><p>"It was like the old U.S.S.R.," he said. "There was the national Communist Party and all the regional Communist Parties; now, with the SNP having this vote, there will be a different political discussion."</p><p>Disgust with the British Union began with Thatcher, and her industry-wrecking policies.</p><p>Indeed, in Glasgow it used to be said that the Luftwaffe had tried to destroy Glasgow by bombing, and failed -- it took Thatcher to wreck Glasgow's shipyards!</p><p>Although there was a lot of chaos in the vote (100,000 ballots were "spoiled" and are being contested), Clayton does not think it is likely to affect the outcome of the election. People were joking, however, that the failed voting machines and confusing ballots were "a lot like Florida" in 2000.</p><p>Another useful development is that the Green Party in Scotland is basically finished -- although it was projected to win more seats in the Scottish Parliament, it collapsed from seven seats down to two.</p></div></body>