This time last year, could anyone have imagined that there would be talk of a New Labour/Conservative National Government outcome in the 2015 General Election in the midst of what could be a constitutional crisis… after a No vote?
Yet here we are, with the SNP boasting almost 100,000 members while New Labour can’t reliably match a tenth of that in Scotland, and poll after poll suggesting that support for independence has indeed continued to rise even after a No vote – which, you’d think, would show the opposite.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost say the psychopathic mismanagement of the UK’s finances over the last 30 years – which have nonetheless managed to enrich the rich at the expense of everyone else – was deliberately leading to this point: putting the country in a state of perpetual crisis, where certain things had to be done “for the good of the country.” What other explanation could there be for New Labour’s destruction of civil liberties and the Conservatives’ dismantling of social security? This is not, has never been, about the economy or the budget or security or whatever they use to justify wasting billions to save millions – it’s about creating a state of fear.
All they have to do is present the SNP as a greater menace to the UK than the “other” party – and to be frank, that’s exactly what they’ve been doing, isn’t it? Despite being the party of government in Scotland for 8 years, the SNP are referred to as “insurgents,” “militant,” “fringe,” – all very pejorative and derogatory. The history of fallaciously linking the SNP to the Nazis is long and tiresome, mostly because Labour and the Conservatives are in no position to make any accusations. Even in 2015, we have newspaper columnists actually comparing the SNP to sexual offenders. The Conservatives would claim the SNP would drag New Labour ever closer to that Marxist dystopia, while New Labour will never shut up about the SNP being the “Tartan Tories,” even going so far as to use the Craig Murray stramash as “proof” that the SNP are planning to support the Bedroom Tax. The SNP’s broad church is being used against them – their capitalist/free market ideas attacked by New Labour, their social democratic policies attacked by the Conservatives, with few recognising the dissonance in such a situation.
Just throw in the usual comparisons to the rise of the Nazis and inaccurate comparisons with UKIP, and I think the rise of the SNP could well be treated as exactly the sort of crisis that they would use to justify such a coalition – and while New Labour may well have been wiped out in Scotland in such an event, New Labour in the rest of the country are still strong, and still buy into the “SNP bad” narrative. Some would argue: why would New Labour let go of their stronghold of 40+ seats? I would argue – if they truly needed to keep Scotland, why have they done such a monumentally terrible job? Why have they been content to let the SNP run things for two Holyrood terms? The sad fact is that New Labour could afford to lose Scotland if it meant keeping the rest of the UK. Indeed, the narrative that New Labour could be in trouble might give their voters in England & Wales the desire to support them even more, now that they’ve lost Scotland.
A New Labour-Tory National Government should prove beyond doubt to the 55% that New Labour were lying to them all along. Support for independence would continue down that one-way street, to the point where it’s beyond doubt that the majority favour it. A snap referendum could happen, and it would be uncertain to expect another No vote in that case. If Westminster refuse to acknowledge a Yes vote, then… well, the SNP have always said that the will of the people of Scotland is all that matters, right? You’d almost think that, in a roundabout way, Westminster wanted rid of Scotland, so they could concentrate on the servile rUK. But the fact of the matter remains that they did fight to keep Scotland – New Labour, Neoliberal Democrats, and Conservatives all, and it certainly isn’t because they care about 4 million voters. All three parties thought Scotland was important enough to keep, but not important enough to care for its people.
To most people, it’s been clear for a long time that there are no functional differences between New Labour and the Conservatives. But to see the façade put aside like this, for the mere possibility of a coalition, after they thought they had saved the Union? We know they’re wearing masks, and we’ve seen the mask slipping – it’s a very different thing to see them take their masks off of their own accord.
Consider a David Icke view of things, where the Conservatives and New Labour are Space Reptilians from Beyond The Moon. For the Conservatives and New Labour to enter into a National Government just to stop the SNP would be the equivalent of them tearing off their human skins to reveal the terrible truth. Then consider: what would they say to justify encouraging the UK to still vote for them, even if the public now realise their reptilian origins? Saying the SNP are even more dangerous and terrible Space Reptilians? Claiming that the humans of Britain have proven themselves incapable of self-government, and require Space Reptilians to stop them from falling into chaos and anarchy? This is seriously as bizarre a situation to me as a New Labour/Tory Coalition. Yet here we are.
A New Labour/Conservative National Government, being touted as a possible – even inevitable – outcome of the 2015 General Election. After the Union was spared on the 18th of September. Clearly, folks, we truly have entered The Twilight Zone.