Labour's Thatcher video provokes SNP anger with over 1mn views

A Scottish Labour video showing the SNP's part in bringing Margaret Thatcher to power has "touched a nerve" with SNP politicians.

The video has been seen over 1 million times in 24 hours, and SNP politicians have been hard at work spinning the historical record.

The famous 1979 vote of no confidence in the Labour government ushered in over a decade of Tory rule, with SNP MPs helping to secure a narrow one vote victory for Thatcher's Conservatives.

The pro-Independence newspaper The National joined in as SNP supporters criticised Labour for raising the issue.

Nicola Sturgeon said Jeremy Corbyn should focus of providing leadership on Brexit instead, despite the fact her own MPs have rebelled against her government's support for a Brexit compromise.

SNP MSP Tom Arthur attacked Labour from the right, saying the "far left" indulged in a "mythologised" past.

A Labour source said that the SNP's votes 40 years ago still matter with 18 years of Thatcherism still showing its impact today:

"The SNP action in 1979 is something that quite clearly touches a very raw nerve for the 2019 version of the SNP.

"But whether they like it or not you cannot wish away or ignore history. The facts from 1979 are incontrovertible.

"Their action did help lead to the fall of a Labour Government, which in turn led to a General Election which elected a Tory Government led by Thatcher.

"This is not an abstract fact – as that outcome and 18 years of Thatcherism still resonates and impacts Scotland and its people today." 

The Labour insider added: "This film from 1979 is all the more important as it shows how, after the behaviour of the SNP this week only a day before this 40 year anniversary, the SNP circa 79 is not different at all from today.

"Both were/are comfortable with Tories in power, utterly opportunist and both versions apparently made monumental decisions not on principle, not on what protects and improves the lives and livelihoods of our people, but as part of their grand strategy to achieve independence.

"Others have changed and learned from past mistakes, notably the Labour Party, which has leaders who were then and are now anti-Iraq war and anti-PFI.

"The SNP on the other hand continue now as they did before no matter the cost and it's absolutely correct that they have been called out for their consistently unprincipled behaviour both in 1979 and only 2 days ago when they reneged on very recent policy commitments to try for a soft 'common sense' Brexit."

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  • Andrew Stone
    commented 2019-04-01 14:20:58 +0100
    The reality is that the current SNP is somewhere to the left of the current Scottish Labour Party.

    Historically the SNP were seen as ;the Tartan Tories, however thier political position changed markedly in the 1990’s with a movement to the left.

    Voters in the north of Scotland voted SNP to keep labour out. In the 2017 election that changed with the real possibilty of an independence, Prior to 2017 labour voters voted SNP to keep the Tories out and Tories voted SNP to keep Labour out, that was reflected in the massive landslide to the SNP in the 2015 election.

    The vote in Scotland has now changed and become an Independence v Unionist vote.

    Unionist will vote ANY vote to keep SNP and Indepence out. The labour strategy of dragging up a video from over 30 years ago shows a certain desperation,

    It’s a question is now whether you prefer Socialism in Scotland or being ruled by a right wing Tory government from Westminster.
  • Andrew Stone
    commented 2019-04-01 14:20:58 +0100
    The reality is that the current SNP is somewhere to the left of the current Scottish Labour Party.

    Historically the SNP were seen as ;the Tartan Tories, however thier political position changed markedly in the 1990’s with a movement to the left.

    Voters in the north of Scotland voted SNP to keep labour out. In the 2017 election that changed with the real possibilty of an independence, Prior to 2017 labour voters voted SNP to keep the Tories out and Tories voted SNP to keep Labour out, that was reflected in the massive landslide to the SNP in the 2015 election.

    The vote in Scotland has now changed and become an Independence v Unionist vote.

    Unionist will vote ANY vote to keep SNP and Indepence out. The labour strategy of dragging up a video from over 30 years ago shows a certain desperation,

    It’s a question is now whether you prefer Socialism in Scotland or being ruled by a right wing Tory government from Westminster.
  • The Red Robin posted about Labour's Thatcher video provokes SNP anger with over 1mn views on The Red Robin 's Facebook page 2019-03-29 12:48:07 +0000
    Labour's video showing how the SNP ushered Thatcher to power has provoked anger from the SNP as it is seen over 1mn times
  • @redrobinscot tweeted this page. 2019-03-29 12:48:00 +0000
    Labour's video showing how the SNP ushered Thatcher to power has provoked anger from the SNP as it is seen over 1mn times https://www.theredrobin.scot/labour_s_thatcher_video_provokes_snp_anger_with_over_1mn_views?recruiter_id=2