An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.
Okay, your pals in the SNP have just announced official support for a third runway at Heathrow.
Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.
'Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.'
I'm not sure how useful basically starting this open letter with badly characaturing then ridiculing it's intended audience is, a general tone which goes all the way through. I don't even support a progressive alliance, but I found it off-putting, if I did support a progressive alliance this would be even more of a barrier to convincing me. In fact, it comes across as not trying to convince anyone, but merely to poke fun. If you haven't come across certain critical ideas, it really isn't obvious what is wrong with the idea of the progressive alliance, so supporting it doesn't make people stupid, or worthy of being written off. What happened to 'patient persuation' and all that?
Sorry to be critical of the writing rather than the content, but it's really a barrier to people engaging with the content, and is offputting - the content itself is otherwise interesting.
What you write would be fair enough if the ‘Open Letter’ were a serious attempt at an ‘Open Letter’. But it isn’t. In fact, it was written primarily for a Scottish left audience, although anyone else is welcome to read it and comment on it.
It was written as an expression of our contempt for those sections of the non-Scottish left who clearly have no understanding of the SNP’s politics and yet advocate a ‘progressive alliance’ with the SNP.
As we’ve pointed out in other articles, the SNP is the most undemocratic party in Britain. In nine years in power at Holyrood it has not implemented a single redistributive measure. Scottish education and the NHS have nosedived under the SNP, resulting in a growth of class-based inequalities in those areas. Its ‘opposition’ to austerity consists of implementing it.
Between 2011 and 2014 the SNP talked about nothing but an independence referendum. Between 2014 and 2016 it talked about nothing but another referendum. At its current conference it has now promised to talk about nothing but another referendum for the next four years. That cuts across and stifles attempts to raise class politics. And that suits the SNP perfectly.
And yet people on the left advocate a ‘progressive alliance’ with a party which amounts to New Labour with a Saltire.
Even worse, when ‘The World Transformed’ commissions an article arguing against a ‘progressive alliance’, TWT and “Red Pepper” then refuse to print it. This is followed up by Charlie Clark from London Momentum speaking at the ‘Radical’ Independence Conference in support of Scottish independence and an alliance between Momentum and RIC.
But RIC is on record as wanting to “wipe out Labour” in Scotland. In Unite its members have formed a particularly vile and very non-progressive alliance with the bureaucracy to try to crush the United Left Scotland. And Charlie Clark is so ignorant about Scottish politics that he even claimed that “the independence movement was a major inspiration behind the Corbyn movement.”
As for Paul Mason, during the Holyrood election campaign he spoke at a RISE meeting in support of independence for Scotland and an SNP-Green-RISE coalition government. While Mason was coming out with such words of wisdom, Momentum in Scotland was campaigning for a Labour vote.
Sure, people can have political disagreements about a ‘progressive alliance’ (and lots of other things – that’s politics). But what we have here is a systematic pattern of the class-struggle Scottish left being sidelined and censured by advocates of a ‘progressive alliance’. And these people are meant to be on our side!