Kenny MacAskill: People of Scotland “will blame us” for Tory 2020 Government

Former Scottish Government minister urges a progressive alliance in order to create the best possible UK Government for Scotland

FORMER Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill has said that the people of Scotland could “blame” the SNP if the “most rightwing Tory Government in a generation” is returned to power in 2020, necessitating a progressive alliance.

MacAskill made the comments in a meeting on the subject of co-operation between centre left parties at Westminster, at the IdeaSpace 2016 SNP conference fringe festival. He spoke in a session on possible co-operation between the SNP, Labour and the Green Party.

Speaking to an audience of SNP delegates alongside SNP MP Philippa Whitford, Compass think tank director Neal Lawson and Green party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley, MacAskill said that the idea of an alliance, possibly based on a shared programme of opposition to Trident and Austerity and support for proportional representation, which could be agreed to by candidates from different parties.

Failure to do so might leave SNP voters feeling let down by the party, MacAskill argued.

He said: “We will not going to be to become the government in 2020.

“We can become the third party, we can even become the effective opposition, but we can never form the government at Westminster, that’s always been our problem.”

“People from the housing schemes will say I voted in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020 and nothing changed. So what’s the point in voting?” Kenny MacAskill

Therefore, he argued, the SNP should take the idea of an alliance seriously in order to create the “best possible” government at Westminster, which may also be a government more amenable to the idea of granting a second independence referendum.

Failure to do so may cause the SNP’s new found support to turn against the party.

He said: “Our people…will see us as failing to deliver the change they wanted.”

“And they will stop voting.

“People from the housing schemes will say I voted in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020 and nothing changed. So what’s the point in voting?

“If we sacrifice them to a decade of tory rule we will take the blame.”

Whitford was more sceptical about the idea of a progressive alliance, saying centre left parties should work together in parliament, but also saying that the “main challenge” to the project was Labour, which was confused and hostile to the SNP.

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Johnson, who was elected as green co-leader alongside Caroline Lucas MP in September, said that the project needed to include social movements and come “from the bottom up” rather than be a top down process arranged by party leaders.

Lawson, who has organised cross-party events to promote the idea of the alliance, said: “We live under and electoral system that favours the right.”

“In order to meet and govern the increasingly complex society, we need a more complex politics.

“It [progressive alliance] has to be a way we prefigure a new type of politics.”

Proportional representation (PR), Lawson said, was fundamental to re-organising UK politics and should bind together the left. He paid tribute to the SNP for consistently supporting PR, even after the system delivered the party 56 of 59 Scottish seats in the 2015 general election.

 Boundary changes administered by the conservative party are expected to reduce the presence of leftwing political parties at Westminster, where the electoral system already favours the right.

Picture courtesy of Scottish Government

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Peter Dow

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 21:38

Actually, I blame Kenny MacAskill for the abuse I suffered at the hands of the police and courts, from July 2014, while he was Alex Salmond's justice minister - raided in my own home, arrested, computer and irreplaceable science research data seized, home ransacked from top to bottom, handcuffed, locked up over night and court bail conditions imposed next day preventing me from accessing Twitter, stopping me from campaigning in the last 7 weeks of the independence campaign for a YES vote.

I don't blame Kenny MacAskill for the police state abuse I suffer today - it's justice minister Michael Matheson who is to blame for that - and his boss First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Peter Dow is a Scottish scientist and a republican socialist whose legal human rights are cruelly violated by the police and courts in Aberdeen, where he lives.

Peter Dow's political defence blog publishes the truth about the wrongful and unjust royalist arrests, prosecutions, convictions and punishments he endures.


Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:38

"FORMER Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill has said that the people of Scotland could “blame” the SNP if the “most rightwing Tory Government in a generation” is returned to power in 2020, necessitating a progressive alliance"

Blaming the SNP and SNP voters for Tory governments rather than the tory voters themselves or the incompetence of Labour to get more votes at the election is Labour's trademark in Scotland. Is the SNP now going to swallow that diatribe? I find that incredibly hard to believe.

Besides, a Tory government in 2020? Scotland may well be independent or about to be independent by then.

It was in the manifesto of the SNP to cater for a new Scottish independence referendum should Scotland being dragged out of the EU against its will. This party won the last election in Scotland and the threat of the UK dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will is now a reality. So an indiref2 should be on the table and be put forward.

If there is a tory government in 2020 and Scotland has to endure it even when it doesn't vote for it, the ones to blame will not be the SNP but those who ensured in 2014 that this would be the case by telling lies and misleading voters during indiref1 into believing that Scotland would get devo max so a No vote would win. Is Labour now going to refuse to put things right by the Scottish people too by rejecting indiref2?

If they do, for me they will be the ones to blame for any present and future tory government from now until Scotland gains its independence.

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