Early optimism that the education sector was well prepared to deal with the ongoing Covid 19 crisis has evaporated. In early August we saw school students return to classrooms and in early September they were joined by further and higher education students. But by that time there had been reported cases of Covid 19 in 26 secondary schools and 16 primary schools right across Scotland. The highest densities, as expected, were in those communities where infections rates have increased most rapidly.
Mike Phipps writing in Labour hub about the recent, failed attempted coup on Richard Leonard reflects on Labour’s third place in opinion polls and argues that . “A fundamental strategic reorientation to the issue of independence is needed.”
On Wednesday night this week, the political nooks and crannies of Twitter in Scotland echoed with cries of betrayal, almost exclusively directed at the Scottish Labour Party.
A sea of nationalist supporters, including SNP MSPs, some of them Scottish Government Ministers, could hardly contain themselves as they took to their phones and keyboards to spread the shocking news:‘Scottish Labour have voted with the Tories and opposed an extension to the furlough scheme.’
Statement from the Govan and South West Glasgow Morning Star Readers and Supporters Group in support of Richard Leonard Scottish Labour Party Leader
At a meeting of the group held via zoom on Wednesday 2nd September to discuss “Covid job losses and the attack on employment rights” it was agreed to express our support for Richard Leonard. It was further agreed to offer condemnation of those MSPs along with a few other’s who are questioning his leadership. Their disregard for the mandate that Richard received from the membership shows contempt for both the Labour party’s internal democratic processes and for the wider membership.
Let us be clear about one thing. The ongoing coup in Scottish Labour is about the future, not only of the Scottish Labour Party, but the Labour Party as a whole. The recent photograph of Ian Murray rehearsing for the announcement of the launch of the ‘Independent Group’ of MPs tells us all we need to know about the real intentions of Labour’s centrists.
Not so long after pushing for the SNP Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, to do a u-turn (which he then did at breakneck speed) on the exam results fiasco (only clinging on to his post thanks to his enablers in the Scottish Greens), Richard Leonard has also been successful in getting a National Care Service on the agenda in Scotland and has forced the Holyrood administration to include plans to explore this in their programme for Government.