By Mike Small
When Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry tweeted her terrible tweet her leader was said to be “The Professor of Angry”. The bold Douglas Alexander was parachuted into explain ‘just how angry Ed was’. We were all suitably impressed that Ed could summons such feelings.
As the UKIP victory in Strood piles up the list of easy Yes predictions – the landscape for Labour seems to get more dire each day. Mark Reckless’s victory thrust The People’s Party into third place, with only 16% of the vote in a seat they held until 2010. Now, as the details of Nicola Sturgeon’s land reform legislation lands on doormats and tables across the land from even the most reluctant printing presses, news too of a spitting angry Labour feud.
Jack McConnell, who seems to have been unleashed further by Labour’s terrible victory in September yesterday again went off-message:
As Gary Gibbons writes: “In the Lords he expressed bafflement at the Commission’s claim that its plans gave Holyrood 50 per cent of taxation powers. Lord McConnell said that the Commission was wrongly including the VAT funds being diverted to Scotland as a tax-raising power, when the tax level would still be decided in Westminster. He sounded like a man who thought that, though much of Labour might have felt it was at the outer levels of dangerous devolution, it was actually doing nothing like as much as it needed to on devolved powers.”
While over at the Independent Andrew Grice warns (‘Broken Britain‘): “Scottish MPs would be banned from voting on tax changes for the rest of the UK under sweeping plans to be outlined by David Cameron. The landmark change, which could prevent a future Labour government winning Commons approval for its own budget, would mirror changes proposed today to hand control of income tax bands and rates to the Scottish Parliament. Labour fears Mr Cameron’s move would create “two classes of MP” and put the 307-year Union at risk.