After a recount last night in the Glasgow East by-election,
the SNP was confirmed to have taken Labour's 25th 'safest'
seat with a majority of 365, overturning a massive 13,507
majority: a swing from Labour to the Nats of 22.54%.
John Mason, the new Scottish National Party MP for
Glasgow East said, "Three weeks ago the SNP predicted
a political earthquake. This SNP victory is not just
a political earthquake, it is off the Richter scale.
It is an epic win and the tremors will be felt all the
way to Downing Street."
Margaret Curran, the Labour candidate said, "I regret
that I did not win this for Labour tonight."
"I do believe the Labour Party has to listen and has
to hear the message from the people of Glasgow East."
Well, what else was she supposed to say? It's the same
old codswallop; the same old slapping down of labour's
already downtrodden foot soldiers with the standard
trite remark; the same old rhetoric to avoid supplying
a proper answer.
Two years ago, the BBC had the headline: 'Labour
will listen' says Blears.
"Labour will listen more to its rank-and-file
members, Labour Party chairman Hazel Blears has pledged.
She told a London conference, organised by left-wing
think-tank Compass, that many rank-and-file were discontent
with the leadership."
"Amicus union leader Derek Simpson said Labour
was set for a general election defeat if it did not
Of course, some people just cannot admit that they
have done a bad job and have to divert attention onto
The BBC piece said that Ed Balls accused Conservative
leader David Cameron of hypocrisy.
"What we are hearing is the same old conservatism that
prefers a minimal state and cuts in investment and leaves
the poorest and the weakest in our society dependent
on charity," he said.
10% tax band removed, Mr Balls? Hypocrite!
Massive influx of cheap labour, Mr Balls? Hypocrite!!
After May's local council election humiliation for
Labour, their deputy leader, Harriet
I think that we have got to really listen to what
people were saying when they were expressing their views
in the election yesterday."
We have to reflect and listen to what people are
saying that is the whole point about having elections
in our democracy.
Maybe they really are good at listening; they just
don't care to act on what they hear.
So the answer to the headline, "Will Labour listen
now," is NO!
Because they are bought and paid for by people with
global corporate and banking interests. They have been
commandeered to look after the interests of the few
while enslaving the masses through overbearing taxation,
intrusion into our lives, weakening of the family, Christian
influence and strong, decent communities so that the
elite they serve can micromanage us out of the chaos
and confusion they create.
Are any of the other mainstream parties much different?
Here is the full result from Glasgow East:
- John Mason, SNP - 11,277
- Margaret Curran, Labour - 10,912
- Davena Rankin, Conservative - 1,639
- Ian Robertson, Lib Dem - 915
- Frances Curran, Scottish Socialist Party - 555
- Tricia McLeish, Solidarity - 512
- Dr Eileen Duke, Scottish Greens - 232
- Chris Creighton, Independent - 67
- Hamish Howitt, Freedom 4 Choice - 65
The by-election was necessitated by the resignation
of Labour's David Marshall on health grounds.