August 28, 2006

ANOTHER CROSS TO BEAR:

Sectarianism in Labour's rotten burghs (Alan Cochrane, 29/08/2006, Daily Telegraph)

Why has Ruth Kelly been moved to denounce the decision by the prosecuting authorities in Edinburgh to caution the Celtic goalkeeper for making the sign of the cross in front of supporters of his side's bitter rivals, Rangers? It seems, at first glance, to be bizarre, almost medieval, behaviour.

That Miss Kelly has waded into this controversy, when she normally eschews all attempts to get her to talk about her Roman Catholicism and her membership of Opus Dei, reveals a growing anger among London Labour over the behaviour of the Scottish party.

Although Tony Blair faces many big challenges in the months ahead - not least his annual conference in Manchester in October - he knows that his biggest test will come next May with the elections to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. While the result will have no formal impact on his Downing Street tenure, a defeat in Scotland will be seen as a damning and perhaps clinching verdict on his premiership. [...]

Devolution was supposed to finish the Nationalists. It hasn't. But it may just end up finishing Labour.


How was making Scotland a nation again going to make it less nationalist?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 28, 2006 11:12 PM
Comments

I don't understand why the Scotts bother at all, they are ruled by decrees issued by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels anyway.

Posted by: ic at August 28, 2006 11:50 PM

Good question. It must be the same bloke who figured that the way to decrease public drunkenness was to allow 24/7 drinking.

Posted by: Peter B at August 29, 2006 6:56 AM

"But it may just end up finishing Labour." Dare we hope?

Posted by: erp at August 29, 2006 7:38 AM
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