Kezia Dugdale is gone. That’s very good news. Depending on how the next leader of the Scottish Labour Party is chosen, they may be on their way back. Correspondingly, the SNP may well be about to take a serious dive.
Dugdale was a Blairite, a “Third Way” acolyte – a liberal. And the SNP merely filled the space that UK Labour left empty in its rush to the supposed centre. I honestly thought Scottish Labour was dead after recent electoral routs in Scotland. But then UK Labour moved left with Corbyn. And even with Dugdale holding the reins, Scottish Labour got a “Jeza” bump in the UK Election just been. Just a shame then, that Scottish Labour under Kezia Dugdale cozied up with the Scottish Tories in an effort to bring down the SNP instead of fighting a UK election campaign – and wound up delivering Theresa May to Downing Street.
How many more times does it need to be illustrated by example that Liberalism is dead and that a break to the social democratic left is a break to the future?
Macron – France’s centrist equivalent to NZs Jacinda Ardern – (ie, a liberal masquerading as something embodying meaningful change), is tanking in the polls. He’s down to 40% approval rating only four months after the mainstream media veritably wet it pants at the prospect, and then the reality, of President Macron.
Trudeau, another from the same camp of pretenders, is about 8 points ahead of the Tories, but only on 42%. Meanwhile, the New Democratic Party NDP who traditionally sit to the left of Trudeau’s Liberal Party, and whose leftist rhetoric Trudeau nicked last election, has just tripled its membership in the run up to a leadership vote.
Ring any bells?
I’m still looking at three more years of governance by Liberalism in NZ. Then hopefully, thankfully, it’ll be over.