People in England will be worse off if Scotland chooses independence, newly elected Respect MP George Galloway argues in his debut column for Holyrood magazine.
Writing exclusively in the latest issue of Holyrood, out Monday, Galloway also explains his concern that the campaign against independence is beyond the “tubes and empty jaikets” in the Labour party in the Scottish Parliament, calling it “mission impossible.”
Galloway reflects that had he been successful in his bid last May to be elected to the Scottish Parliament he would have been campaigning against this “inch-by-inch to independence”, which he says he has opposed “all my political life”.
If Scotland does choose independence, however, Galloway says working people in England will be “poorer” and the Conservatives will have a monopoly in Government.
“I oppose the split because I don’t believe there’s a difference between a young person in Bradford and one in Barrhead, but the former will be poorer if it happens. With about 60 Scottish Labour MPs removed from the British parliament, working people in England will be poorer as the cuts, which have only just started to bite, tear apart the welfare state. England will forever be Tory. Don’t leave them to that.”
Galloway also heaps praise on First Minister Alex Salmond for transforming the SNP. The party has made an “amazing transformation” under Salmond’s leadership, Galloway says, and members have moved from being “Tartan Tories to left radicals taking principled positions that would have formed large chunks of any Labour manifesto prior to Blair and Brown.”
He adds: “From education to health the Nats shame the party that expelled me – over a war that most of the British public opposed, just like the present one, which has the same level of opposition and which the three big parties unflinchingly support. They call it the ‘mission’ now. For Labour in Scotland it looks like mission impossible.”
The full story is available in the new issue of Holyrood magazine, out Monday. To subscribe to Holyrood click here: http://www.holyrood.com/subscribe