Well, in a nutshell, Labour are putting the word about, there’s something evolving. Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving. They’ll keep saying the next big thing is here, that their revolution’s near, but to Alex, it seems quite clear, that it’s all just a little bit of history repeating.
That’s right! They’ve all been witness to the ever cyclical nature of history, Some are good, some is bad, And the joke rather sad, That it’s all just a little bit of History repeating.
In case you didn’t get that joke, here’s the video of Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads for your viewing pleasure.
At the moment we have a Conservative party propped up by the DUP and a Labour Party in England and Wales which couldn’t organise an effective opposition even if the Tories were all abducted by aliens.
Yet the Labour Party in Scotland will not budge on the matter of Scottish Independence, (The party, not their supporters that is) despite the fact that the original core Labour Values were created in Scotland (which include home rule by the way) and the party was effectively founded from Scotland. They also hold this position despite the fact they can see the malice of forethought being directed at Scotland and the long-term damage that the Conservatives at Westminster are doing and are going to do to Scotland.
The Scottish People are true labour, most of us still believe in the original values that the party stood for, yet we are constantly accused by Labour of “abandoning the party”. This is simply not the case. It was Labour which abandoned its core principles which were born in Scotland and along with it they abandoned Scotland.
We like to think that Labour making grandiose claims about how they are going to defeat the Tories and Scotland will be brought into the fold is a relatively new thing when in reality it simply isn’t. We like to think that statements like “the oil is running out” and Labour’s predilection to Scotland remaining in the UK at all costs, even if that means being subjected to Tory governments we never vote for are new concepts. The sad reality is that is simply not true and like Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads song, politics in the UK is all just a little bit of history repeating.
In 1997 we heard that Independence would be disastrous, in 2014 we heard the same. In both referendums, we heard constantly that “the oil was running out” despite the industry actually saying there could still be at least £1 Trillion worth of oil under Scottish waters. We’ve also witnessed Labour members and politicians in recent years actually advocating that people vote Tory in order to keep Scotland in the UK.
Before I continue though, I will just say that the Propellerheads and Shirley Bassey managed to get the video effect for History Repeating by using the same cameras that used to be used by the BBC for Question Time. True Story!
The video you are about to see is from the BBC archives for BBC Question time and was filmed almost 31 years ago. It features a very young Alex Salmond and a very bushcraft-esque Shadow Foreign Secretary, Denis Healey.
In this exchange in 1987 in the run-up to the UK General Election, you are going to hear Mr Healey boast about how Labour will take back the UK. Of course, we know that it took until 1990 to oust Thatcher, then until 1997 to oust the Tory party as a whole. Which ironically was done by creating New Labour and them abandoning most of their core principles in the process.
You will also hear Denis Healey talk about how Labour is happy to keep Scotland powerless in the UK under a Tory Government and one other thing. Now, at this point, I should re-emphasise that this was 31 years ago. So what could be the perpetual myth be that he happens to mention during this session of BBCQT? Yup! You guessed it, the oil is running out!
And now for your viewing pleasure, the video which proves that what the younger generation believes to be avant-garde, is in fact, just a little bit of history repeating.