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Why didn’t anyone ask Nicola…

In last night’s staged, and stagey opposition leaders debate, best characterized as a collection of non-entities trying to find a point of difference between themselves and Ed Miliband, Nicola Sturgeon’s bluster, shouting, and haranguing of Ed could all have been punctured by a simple question. On the morning of the first Labour budget, after all the noise and fury has shut down, will she support Labour, or will she vote its budget down and pitch the country into confusion and chaos?

Nye Bevan, famously, and infamously, said at Brighton in 1957 that those who were unilaterally opposed to nuclear weapons were not statesmen, but suffering from an emotional spasm. Implicit in Sturgeon’s posturing last night was something of the same emotional spasm, a desire to obtain through the manouverings of coalition a policy position (opposition to Trident) which had not succeeded at the ballot box.

I’m reminded, not of Bevan at this moment, but of Neil Kinnock, a lesser leader, for sure than Bevan, who told Labour conference, famously, in 1986

“I tell you – and you’ll listen – you can’t play politics with people’s jobs and people’s homes and people’s services.”

In order to try to gain through coalition a policy position that has failed at the ballot box, whether it be Trident, or another bloody referendum, Nicola Sturgeon is implicitly threatening to bring down a Labour government. How easy will it be for Miliband to accuse her of playing politics with people’s jobs and people’s homes and people’s services? Very easy.

Miliband’s obdurate refusal to play ball with her is based on calculation, that Sturgeon will bottle such a decision, for fear that her party would be destroyed in the backlash that would surely follow if the Tories ended up in power because of her emotional spasm.

(Note to commenters – I personally am opposed to the renewal of Trident on both moral and practical grounds – not least because, like Orwell, I believe that every generation of general spend all their time preparing for the last war, not the next one. However, I also believe that if I’ve lost an argument it’s dishonest to seek to obtain, through manouvres, that which could not be obtained by popular consent.)

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6 comments on “Why didn’t anyone ask Nicola…

  1. Billy R
    April 17, 2015

    No wonder David Cameron didn’t wish to take part in this debate. It was utter chaos, with the ladies haranguing the men, and in particular, Nicola Sturgeon revealing what a demanding, nagging partner the SNP would be to a Labour Government. Poor old Nigel got booed and heckled for saying the same things Ed Milliband did about the extra demands on housing caused by immigrants. It was quite obvious that the wildly pro-SNP and anti-austerity audience wasn’t reflective of the British electorate, over a third of whom, according to all polIs, support the Tories and therefore disagree with the puerile and negative objective of simply “locking David Cameron oot of Number Ten”. I was an undecided voter but the debate persuaded me that the only responsible party is the Conservatives.

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    • jemima2013
      April 18, 2015

      odd how women expressing an opinion is seen as “haranging” and “nagging” how about you go back to your golf club cronies and trry to pretend its 1950. Want to know why you think the audience was biased? Cos you are scared of difference, and meeting anyone different to you.
      You never hear other voices, cos you are too busy shouting at the moon.

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  2. cartertheblogger
    April 17, 2015

    I’m impressed by your ability to find our blog even though we disagree with every word you say. Get your chums at Central Office to refine the algorithms…

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    • jemima2013
      April 18, 2015

      and since most phones block us, as adult content, someone was really determined to push the narrative his lords and masters have determined wasn’t he?

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  3. redpesto
    April 20, 2015

    ‘Poor old Nigel got booed because first, he accused the audience of being too thick to understand how markets work, and second, he then accusing the BBC of bias when all his favourite one-liners went down like a lead zeppelin. There’s always some excuse for Ukip: that night’s was obviously ‘the wrong kind of British people’ in the audience,

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    • jemima2013
      April 21, 2015

      yup, fact if UKIP are static at 14%, so 86% of the people in this country see what a bunch of twunts they are. The audience reflected that.

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