Three guest posts from high profile supporters of Scottish Labour’s leadership candidates prompted a further one on the race to be deputy leader. Unless Anna Kulischov has risen from her grave (some might recognise her surname as Kuliscioff), this post is surely written under a nom de plume. Poor Ms Kulischov, her Italian might be a little rusty but the endorsement of Anas Sarwar MP to be deputy leader of Scottish Labour is powerful all the same. (UPDATE: Ms Kulischov outed herself. And whaddyaknow, she’s a he.)
Le mie scuse per la scrittura in Inglese…
Sometimes, just sometimes, you are persuaded that all of this is not a waste of time.
With the exception of the handful who might join our Party in anticipation that being un membro laboristo del comune (a Labour Cooncillor?) might be the one and only employment for which they are actually qualified, the rest of us join, at least initially, fired with a desire to change society for the better. And join in the hope that we might find leaders to steer us in that direction.
Now, experience is inclined to grind us down. Too many of our would be leaders are much less well equipped to lead than we are inclined to follow. And too many of us come to accept that this is….. meglio che possiamo sperare (the best we can hope for?).
So we end up with either a hopeless commitment to a leadership we can’t quite work out how we ever elected, or a forlorn attachment to a choice taken with no regard to electability in any forum external to the Party itself.
But then, just very occasionally, (e chiedo scusa se il mio inglese e inadeguato) somebody comes along who makes us understand why we joined this Party in the first place.
Anas Sarwar was, with the greatest of respect to him, before the Special Conference on 29th October perceived in the wider Party as essentially little more than Mohammed Sarwar’s boy. But in four minutes on that day he transformed that impression.
But, and here I acknowledge il riferimento americano, in that hall, and on that October day, we realised that change might just have come to Scotland.
We’ve had twelve years of Devolution. But in those twelve years no one has been put forward to lead the nation, from either of our leading Parties, other than the traditional political class. Not just white, or male, or protestant but essentially mired in the machine politics through which one rises to prominence in Scottish elected office. And all of them with nothing new to say.
That might be good enough for our opponents but in our hearts it will never be good enough for us. Labour, sopratutto, is the Party of those who do not care where people come from, only on where they want to go. And of all the candidates for the leadership and deputy leadership only one person embodies that. As he did to the spontaneous enthusiasm of all of those present in that hall.
Non allontano (I don’t dismiss?) either the reassuring partisanship of Iain Davidson, or the manifest competence of Lewis McDonald. Such talents have their role to play. Sono entrambi i camerati degni.
Ma (mi dispiace) but if anybody thought for a moment who might draw a crowd from other than among the ranks of those already converted; who might carry forward to a new century the legacy of those who had gone before; who might say that Labour was not just the Party of a noble past but of an even more heroic future……..
Sincero, this is a no contest for the deputy leadership. The only disappointment is that the word deputy appears at all before his nomination.
Rimando la vostra sorella ed il vostro Camerata.
Viva Italia! Viva la Scozia! Viva la causa di lavori!