Why Labour Are Not Traitors

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“Traitor” is a word that’s highly emotive and confrontational, and implies a deliberate and malicious act against a group’s interest: the reality is that one can easily be duped into committing treason of some sort, even when they think they’re doing good. It’s no surprise “traitor” has become a dirty word, because why wouldn’t it be? Any nation or government is threatened by any action against the state, so treason is inflated into a mortal sin, greater and more heinous than any crime. We saw during the referendum that civil servants put aside impartiality, for the integrity of the United Kingdom was at stake. So it’s natural that “traitor” is used as an insult, a slur, a defamation against political opponents – and don’t let it be said that it’s purely pro-independence Scots who are tarred with the word.

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Yet treason is relative. One people’s traitor is another people’s hero. Many of Scotland’s most celebrated heroes were tried, convicted, even executed for treason – Thomas Muir of Huntershill, Thomas Hardy, James Graham, the Two Margarets, Simon Fraser, Archibald Cameron, John Baird, James Wilson, Andrew Hardie, John Ogilvie. Some, like William Wallace, were murdered under the name of “execution” for “treason” despite never swearing fealty to the crown against whom they were supposed to have committed such crimes. Were the American, Indian and other revolutions failures, Washington and Gandhi would likely be romanticised as the same sort of glorious failures as Guy Fawkes, Che Guevara or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Even now, in the age of Assange, Manning and Snowden, people are called heroes and traitors simultaneously. One’s traitor is another’s hero.

New Labour in Scotland have seen fit to spend time, energy and resources collating a dossier of what they believed to be SNP members posting abusive remarks on social media.

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So let me see if I have this straight: it’s less than two months since the General Election. New Labour’s had its worst defeat in history (if you include Labour Classic, since 1987). It has lost 40 of its 41 Scottish Westminster MPs. The UK leader has stepped down. The Scottish leader, campaign organiser, and shadow secretary of state didn’t even get elected. The leadership contest is between three Blairites who all gang up on the one lone socialist who might stand a chance of reforming the party – which is why the electoral college will ensure it won’t happen even if he wins the majority of individual votes.

The Tories are preparing an assault on the people of the UK even Thatcher wouldn’t have dared. They’re planning a referendum with a mockery of a franchise that seems practically gerrymandered for an Out vote. They’re working to “reform” human rights while the devastation caused by their “reforms” of benefits, welfare and the NHS continue to destroy lives and livelihoods. And with an overall majority, the opposition have to fight harder than ever to defeat their plans.

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With all this happening, what do New Labour in Scotland do? They compile a list of people who said bad things on Twitter. This is all they could think of to do with their time. Not work with the SNP to fight the Tories in Westminster. Not work with the SNP in Holyrood to see what could be done to mitigate the worst of the Tories’ attacks. They feel that more attacks on the SNP is the best use of their time. Why are you wasting our time? Why are you wasting your time? Every time I think New Labour in Scotland has reached the doldrums, they scrape through to a new depth. It’s as if they’re starting to look at Willie Rennie’s pitiful Neoliberal Democrat remnant as something to aspire to rather than something to avoid at all costs.

There really are no words which adequately convey my contempt for this. “T” words and “Q” words are insufficient, for whatever you may say of a traitor or quisling, betrayal of your country requires guile, cunning, and guts. Do you really think this is what the “Red Flag” is about? Is this your idea of carrying on the work of Kier Hardie, of James Maxton, of of John Mackintosh – of compiling lists of people saying bad words on the internet when the Tories are destroying everything your forefathers bled and sweated and wept for? This is what you choose to do, instead of fight for the people who need you most at the time you’re most needed?

To call New Labour in Scotland traitors is an insult to the brave and the bold. It is an insult to those who refused to sacrifice their principles and were deemed betrayers of the crown in return. It is a spit in the face to the radicals who fought for representation and reform, and exiled for “sedition.” It is an affront to the political revolutionaries who sought to bring power from the nobility to the common people, and decried as “communists.” They were called traitors, quislings, renegades, outlaws, apostates, rebels, double-crossers – betrayers. Because they dared to want change. And the establishment doesn’t like change – especially change that threatens their dominion.

You only have to look at The Times’ to see who the real “traitors” to the British Establishment are – and what such treason really means.

timesinsurrectionThomas Muir of Huntershill. Thomas Hardy. James Graham. Margaret McLauchlan. Margaret Wilson. Simon Fraser. Archibald Cameron. John Baird. James Wilson. Andrew Hardie. John Ogilvie. These men and women were called traitors – because they were. I call them heroes, because they were.

I will never call New Labour, in Scotland or elsewhere, “traitors” – for they are not worthy of the name.

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8 thoughts on “Why Labour Are Not Traitors

  1. benmadigan says:

    “Do you really think this is what the “Red Flag” is about?”
    Tony Blair’s New Labour abolished the Red Flag in 1999, round about the same time as Peter Mandelson instituted the red rose as its logo. This post will give you some idea of the history of the working people’s anthem https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/minds-are-fixed-on-self-and-place/

  2. fatbadger says:

    Much as I agree with you on many of these points, and in particular on your list of traitor-heroes, it’s worth pointing out that ‘traitor’ is a relative term. It was, after all, the charge made against Charles I for standing against the people, specifically that he had “traitorously and maliciously levied war against the present Parliament, and the people therein represented” and that the “wicked designs, wars, and evil practices of him, the said Charles Stuart, have been, and are carried on for the advancement and upholding of a personal interest of will, power, and pretended prerogative to himself and his family, against the public interest, common right, liberty, justice, and peace of the people of this nation.”

  3. ElaineS says:

    I called Gordon Brown a traitor, in my eyes it means betrayer…..he betrayed the people of Scotland when he stood and promised the Fake Vow. My name never appeared, maybe because they seen I was once Labour and it wouldn’t look good if those they were trying to win back were named and shamed by their ex party. I would never go back, hell will freeze over. Its a travesty the use the name Labour because I know what real Labour was after 40 years a member and these politicians are alien to the socialist values and principles…..doing what they are doing and the dirty tricks they’ve done, “traitor” is not the right word, the right word is most definitely unprintable.

  4. jimnarlene says:

    “Thomas Muir of Huntershill. Thomas Hardy. James Graham. Margaret McLauchlan. Margaret Wilson. Simon Fraser. Archibald Cameron. John Baird. James Wilson. Andrew Hardie. John Ogilvie. These men and women were called traitors – because they were. I call them heroes, because they were.

    I will never call New Labour, in Scotland or elsewhere, “traitors” – for they are not worthy of the name.”

    Brilliant, just brilliant.

  5. bjsalba says:

    I wouldn’t grace them with the name of traitors either.

    New Labour was, in my opinion, a Tory takeover of the Labour Party. They are people who with their mouths spout Labour principles, but have no real comprehension of them in their hearts and minds.

    They are, with a few exceptions, fakes.

    And they are fooling fewer and fewer people.

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