Monday, 1 August 2016

Accepting the result

1. 1 March 1979. A devolution referendum takes place in Scotland. Scots narrowly vote for a measure of internal self-government. The result is overturned by the Scottish Labour party, which refuses to accept the result.

2. 7 March 1979. The Scottish National party officially launches a campaign for the result of the referendum to be accepted by the British parliament. Scottish Labour continues its refusal to accept the result, even to the extent of sacrificing its government to Margaret Thatcher. 

3. 11 September 1997. The new British government promises devolution in its manifesto. Scottish Labour refuses to accept the result of the general election and demands a referendum is held instead. Fearful that it may have to accept the result, it demands an unprecedented secondary referendum to try to prevent devolution including tax-varying fiscal powers. 

4. 3 May 2007. Scottish Labour loses the general election. Its leader, Jack McConnell, refuses to accept the result. It attempts to overturn the results in Cunninghame North and in Glasgow. McConnell refuses to accept the result of the election for ten days before resigning.

4. 6 May 2010. Labour loses the general election and is swept from power. Its leader, Scottish Labour's Gordon Brown, refuses to accept the result for almost a week, squatting in 10 Downing Street. 

5. 18 September 2014. There is an independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond campaign in favour of a Yes vote. In the face of the most sustained terror campaign in British political history, with the entire forces of the British state, big business, and the entire broadcast and newspaper media (with the exception of one low-circulation, Scotland-only, newspaper) ranged against the Yes campaign, Scots narrowly vote No. Scottish Labour swings the referendum by promising a federal United Kingdom, with complete, Irish Free State-style, Home Rule, and by promising that a No vote would protect Scotland's place in the European Union.

6. 19 September 2014. Alex Salmond interprets the result as a no confidence vote, and resigns. On 20th November, Nicola Sturgeon succeeds him as First Minister. The Scottish Government accepts the result of the referendum and does not declare independence. 

7. 27 November 2014. The Smith Commission reports. The cast-iron commitment to full federalism is gone. Scottish Labour opposes devolution of almost every legislative competency with the exception of the design of road signs. 

8. 23 June 2016. Scotland overwhelmingly votes in favour of remaining in the European Union as promised by Scottish Labour 21 months previously. The Remain vote was 12 points higher than the No vote. 

Scottish Labour refused to accept the result, and has demanded that Scotland leave the European Union despite the settled will of the people being made clear in the referendum.


  1. "Scottish" Labour are a shower of shite.

  2. Remain 62 Leave 38. Is that not 24 points?

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    2. I think Tommy means we are told to put up and shut up about NO vote in 2014 but Scottish Labour think we should also put up and shut up about EU ref vote and leave with UK even though Remain won - double standards, hypocrisy, just what we're used to from branch office, paperclip and filing department