Is it cos I is English?

March 3, 2018

By Simone Charlesworth - Scotland

And so it came to pass that Richard Leonard played the English card. <rolls eyes>

Have to admit I did think he would take a little longer to do this but then again I didn’t expected him to be so bad a leader. Watching him jiggle at FMQs each week is cringworthy.

He said

I accept there is an extent to which Scottish politics has become about geography, but I think it should be more about principle. I think we need to break out of this confinement that it’s about where you’re from and ‘you’re not from around here’, which I think is quite a corrosive part of our politics, and get back to ‘these are the ideas’

To drag up the old “Scots are anti-English” chestnut is usually a sign that Labour have nothing else to say, but then they’ve been scraping the bottom of any barrel for a long time.

Now I don’t deny there is racism in Scotland but I know anything I face being English is nothing compared to the prejudices others might experience. It’s not an issue.

I did experience some minor anti-English sentiment during IndyRef – ironically from No voters (so much for their family of nations spiel.) It made me laugh more than anything else. We’re better together – how dare you take part in our vote. 🤨

It wasn’t the Yes side that went on about foreigners – that was people like Margaret Curren with her infamous “My son, for example, who went to university in England, I think I’d be uncomfortable with the thought that he’s now a foreigner.”


I don’t care what nationality my daughter is when she grows up, she will always be my daughter.

Labour has no issue with flirting with xenophobia if they think it will get them votes. They even put it on a mug FFS!

So maybe Richard, and I say this as an Englishwoman, maybe it’s not because you’re English but because you are:

  • a member of the Labour party
  • useless as a leader
  • a bandwagon jumper
  • unable to provide positive policies of your own
  • unable to deal with the racism in your own party

I’ll admit I have no time for Richard Leonard, you may have picked up on that from my previous blog posts.

Not because of where he came from, I dislike what he stands for.

He’s a mouthpiece for a party that does not want Scottish independence, which will quite happily see us go through austerity and all that entails; the homelessness, the foodbanks, the gig-economy, the horrific PIP assessments, ATOS.

It’s got worse under the Tories but I expected better of Labour for so many years. Then I realised they are more than comfortable with their place in the establishment. They don’t want to rock the boat, they are far too cosy with the current set up under Westminster of taking it in turns at being in power. Being “slightly” better than the Tories isn’t good enough. That’s why I won’t vote for Labour.

Leonard doesn’t want a Labour Scottish Government to improve Scotland. We only have to look at Wales to see how they perform in charge of a devolved assembly.

He wants Scotland to vote Labour to support a Labour Westminster Government. We are, as always, voter fodder for him.

Voting Labour, staying in the union, just means more of the same over and over again.

Being Independent, now that’s radical. That can bring “real change”.

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Richard G image by @shiny02



  1. Elaine S

    Great piece! This is par for course with Labour to come up with excuses to cover for being an inept party. Having looked back on them during my 40 years a member all I can remember is their churning out #BadSNP and we foolishly never questioned them because Labour have their members/supporters where they want them, brainwashed sheep that rarely question anything they come up with. I think this is really low of Leonard to use the race card, we have many non Scottish born folk in our political parties especially SNP and plenty members, during the Indy Ref this was the card the unionists had, “anti English” and as you say, there are elements of racism not just in Scotland but in the south but Leonard is no better than Theresa May when she and her party stoked up anger and racism against our EU Nationals, Immigrants and Refugees. For Labour to do this to try and divide but mostly his intention is to try and shame Scots into thinking “I don’t want to be thought as racist because I’m not so I’ll prove it by voting Labour” I know their mindset so well with their dirty tricks, I watched it happen within our local Labour when I was an activist. Looking back they never concentrated on actually being a party working for the communities but at branch meetings and communication with their activists/councillors etc all it was, was how to trip up SNP, what dirty tricks to use to try and discredit them with distortions or pure propaganda. It is no surprise so many of us woke up and seen who Scottish Labour/Labour really were, an alien party who pretend to be socialist grassroots Labour. That boat sailed a long time ago to be replaced by the mindset of Torylite selfserving careerists who use and abuse the name of what Labour once stood for.

    • Sean clerkin

      Good piece but you forgot to mention Richard Leonard’s connections to the gmb Union who have many members at faslane and therefore mr Leonard will support the renewal of trident denying our welfare state £206 billion over the next 30 years unless we become independent


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