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.
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.
It’s bizarre that they spend their time campaigning against the SNP, when many of the progressive policies they are only now beginning to support have already been delivered by the SNP in government – from free university tuition, to free prescriptions, free school meals, and real investment in our social housing, to name just a few.
So my message to Jeremy Corbyn and Kezia Dugdale as they embark on a summer ‘tour’ of Scotland is learn the lessons of the election campaign and recent years – stop attacking the SNP and start working with us.
Help us protect Scotland’s national interests and deliver progressive policies that make the country a fairer and more equal place.
This article originally appeared in the Daily Record.