Caledonia in labour to take leave - and Labour stays silent
The referendum on Scotland’s independence is a mere five months away, the Prime Minister and HM government have taken a distinct stance for Scotland to stay in the Union – and still, there is nothing to hear or read from Labour on the seminal occasion of this referendum. What on earth is holding Ed Miliband and the rest of Labour’s leadership back from voicing a clear and articulate message for Scotland the stay in the United Kingdom? Surely, it cannot and must not be the fear to lose votes to the Scottish National Party, in Holyrood as well as in Westminster?
At least, the shadow chancellor has chimed into the chorus of Westminster’s bellwethers to renounce the idea of a Sterling currency union should Scotland become independent: The economic risks from a currency union without political union would indeed be far too great, as has been demonstrated by the recent cumbersome developments in the Eurozone during the turmoil of the financial crisis. However, this is not enough: Labour ought to campaign just as poignantly as the LibDems and the Tories why Scotland should stay in the Union, for the sake of both Caledonia as well as the United Kingdom.
That’s got nothing to do with cajoling the Scots into the “No”-camp: Rather, in times when the Scottish Deputy First Minister sweet-talks traditional Labour voters into supporting independence, Ed Miliband should whip his party colleagues and members to state unambiguously why only a Scotland within the Union will be a strong Scotland.