A lot of the rhetoric surrounding Scottish nationalists’ support of Jeremy Corbyn misses the point in that kind of jaw dropping, bewildering way. They’re convinced it’s some kind of sinister plot to destabilise or punish Labour. The notion that a massive percentage of the independence movement joined because people like Corbyn have been absent from national politics for decades, because Labour became an unrecognisable distortion of its purpose, because anything resembling a soul became a liability in the Commons, is completely alien to them.
Corbyn may be a unionist, but that doesn’t make him an enemy. Being English doesn’t make him an enemy. Being Labour doesn’t make him an enemy. We wanted an amicable split, with a fair deal. We weren’t wanting to leave because we hate England, however much it was spun that way (and however angry some members of the movement are). We waited for years for someone to undo Thatcher’s damage, but instead they committed to it.
If Corbyn had come along after Blair stepped down, I think the face of our country would have been radically different. What a world that might have been.
He is our natural ally. We want him to inspire the kind of social change for England that we’ve seen up here. Our hearts have broken for the people below the border who have had no good choices for so long. We want to work with someone who understands that people matter in more ways than their vote every couple of years.
Please take this chance and run with it. Get angry when the hierarchy in Labour says it’ll overrule the will of the people (do they have any bloody clue why they’re in Labour? Is it actually just because they’re Tories but don’t want people not to like them?). Organise. Fight back. Rejoice in the fact that people can still make a difference, even when the odds are towering over them.