Socialist Worker

SNP weathers scandals and Corbyn effect

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2485

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeons new year address

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's new year address (Pic: First Minister of Scotland)

Despite a spate of scandals since its general election landslide last year, the Scottish National Party (SNP) looks set for victory in May’s Scottish parliament elections.

In a bid to win back disaffected Scottish trade unionists Jeremy Corbyn made the keynote speech at a huge STUC rally in Glasgow last month.

Offshore worker Stevie Boyle thinks Corbyn has “a hard job on his hands” facing down the “right wing MPs who don’t reflect the rest of the party”.

“A lot of us are fed up,” he told Socialist Worker. “But it was really good to hear Jeremy Corbyn talking more on the things he was elected on,” he added.

Stevie drew parallels between the mass support Corbyn has won with the Yes movement for Scottish independence last year.

But Corbyn’s leadership hasn’t had the impact in Scotland it has elsewhere.

Former Labour member Anne Christie thinks the SNP will hammer Labour again in May. She told Socialist Worker, “The Scottish elections will be bad news.”

“The SNP have run a good game, blaming everything on Westminster. Labour have gone too far down at the moment and don’t have enough time to get back up again.”

Anne thinks Corbyn will help Labour revive in Scotland but she’s not yet ready to rejoin. How effectively Labour can fight to regain lost ground remains to be seen.

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