Update 06 May 2014
Further to my piece on Pamela Nash, it would appear that her actions in not bothering to turn up to vote against the Bedroom Tax have caused misery across the British Isles. I must stress that Ms Nash wasn’t alone in this, there are others. It would appear that stories on this hated legislation are common place. Together with her fellow Scottish Labour MPs, who decided not to vote against the hated Bedroom Tax, Ms Nash simply has to understand that she is culpable for the negative effect that this will have on vulnerable people.
I chose to highlight Ms Nash because she is a young MP. As an eternal optimist I have tremendous amounts of faith in the younger generation to think outside of the box, to come up with radical and possibly brave solutions, especially when they are involved in politics.
Like other people of a certain age and demographic, I assume that younger Scottish Labour politicians will be of a more socially conscious type and not cut from the same cloth as their older peers. I’m obviously wrong in this thinking when it comes to Ms Nash, and that is where I stumble into one of my Penny Drop moments in life.
It is quite a shock to realise that being eternally optimistic about people doesn’t necessarily mean that they will deliver the goods when it comes to making the right decisions.
So my faith is a little dented and more so when I read the Express and Star. Stories like this reinforce my belief that Scotland should vote Yes.
But it is a Yes driven by compassion. Compassion for my fellow Scots, so that they can be free of these miserable excuses for Scottish MPs who do no service to us, their constituents.
But I support Yes because I have a deeper compassion, a compassion towards my English and Welsh brothers and sisters who, through no fault of their own, are the victims of decisions made by my fellow Scots.
My fellow Scots…
How difficult it is to say those words, when I know the pain that they have visited upon vulnerable people. Ms Nash woke up one morning and decided that she would do nothing to assist the people of the British Isles. Even is she had been a lonely voice it would still have been a good thing to do, an action that would have set her apart from her peers. But she chose not to.
I’d like to say sorry to the people of Wolverhampton and to Derby, on behalf of Scotland, but we can do better than that. We can work for a Yes vote in September and rid the British Isles of Ms Nash and her like. They include Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister, Anas Sarwar, the deputy Scottish Labour leader, Douglas Alexander, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Jim Murphy, the Shadow International Development Secretary, they were among 10 of the party’s Scots MPs who did not vote.
Scottish Liberal Democrats also did not vote, including Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, former party leader Charles Kennedy and fellow backbenchers Alan Reid and Michael Crockart.
A Yes vote in September will be the most positive and powerful event to occur in the British Isles because it will paint a broad brush of change across many nations, not just to Scotland.
Yes, it will deliver to Scotland the powers to make it’s own decisions.
In addition it will break decades of socially disruptive, institutionalised corruption that have bedevilled politics as practiced by Westminster.
But crucially it will consign Nash, Murphy, Alexander Kennedy and co to the dustbin of political history, where they well and truly belong. They will no longer be in a position to do wrong and cause harm.
On the 19th September, should there be a Yes vote, people in Scotland will wake up to the possibilities that a fresh future will bring them. The people of Derby, Wolverhampton and a myriad places in between will also wake up, safe in the knowledge that never again will they be the victims of decisions made by self seeking Scots who, quite frankly, don’t care a damn and wouldn’t recognise a socially just cause if it jumped up and bit them on the nose.
This is a short piece on the Bedroom Tax.
I’m actually going to refer to a story in Derby, England, to demonstrate the effect that this legislation has on people. Please go to this story in the Derby Telegraph, which, I think you will agree, illustrates how unpleasant this tax can be to the lives of people.
The point I make is that Scottish MPs are culpable in this.
In particular, I would like to highlight the actions, or inactions of Pamela Nash, MP for Airdrie and Shotts.
Pamela Nash did herself a great disservice in November 2013 when she failed to attend a Labour instigated vote condemning the Bedroom Tax in the House of Commons. When defending herself Pamela Nash claimed that she could not vote as she was attending a European Space Policy Institute one day conference on Space Against Youth Unemployment in Vienna.
Nothing wrong in attending conferences, in fact it’s the bread and butter of your average Scottish Unionist career politician. However, in this case, it was later revealed that the one day conference occurred the day before the vote and ended in the late afternoon causing commentators to attack Pamela Nash and claim that she could have easily returned to London that night. Consequently Pamela Nash also faced questions on her explanation for not attending the evening vote the next day in Parliament.
I’m sure the people of Derby blighted by the Bedroom Tax will not be showering Pamela Nash with gratitude. The irony here is that Scottish Independence will see Derby and other places in England and Wales delivered from the anti-social parliamentary practice of politicians like Pamela Nash.
Dare I call it an End of Union dividend for people like Shirley Salter in Derby?
But Pamela Nash’s involvement with social issue that blight society doesn’t end with the Bedroom Tax. Much closer to home there are unacceptable levels of poverty that require action. Indeed Pamela Nash’s own constituency is blighted by poverty. To illustrate this, please see the link below, which I accept is from 2012, but is still a real and current issue in Airdrie and Shotts.
One of the mantras that we often hear from Unionists like Pamela Nash is that social justice should be delivered at a UK level and that the people of Scotland share a lot with the people of England and Wales when it comes to Social Injustice.
Labour and other Unionists are absolutely correct with part of this, we do all share something in common.
Scotland, England and Wales share the unpleasant experience of people like Pamela Nash pissing on them from a great height.
Oh to be career loving Scottish Labour MP and to be completely free of a social conscious.