I’m really not sure where to start with this one. I will admit that I never expected this type of rhetoric to be used by any political party, even the BNP and UKIP, but for the Chairman of Labour to say “We need to kill off the nationalists in Scotland and regain that great country” is nothing other than bordering on inciting hatred and violence against those of us in Scotland who are seeking self-determination.
Ian Lavery is the Labour Party Chairman, he assumed that role in June 2017.
Ian, according to Wikipedia has a couple of controversial issues from his history, namely:
- Lavery was arrested on numerous occasions during the miners’ strike and in 1985 was also convicted of a charge of football hooliganism. Lavery accused the police of fabricating the hooliganism charges due to his trade union activity, saying in 2005 “In court they told lie after lie, and I was fined . . . That is why I have absolutely no respect for the police.”
- In 2014, Lavery posed for a photograph with his son who had blackened his face to look like Michael Jackson. According to the Daily Mail, the photograph caused an outcry among some of Lavery’s constituents who said they found it offensive.
The above statement made at this year’s Labour Conference is utterly irresponsible.
Whether you are pro-independence or pro-union, there is NO PLACE for that kind of statement to be uttered.
This kind of talk further stokes division amongst people, and in light of the Jo Cox murder in June 2016, the Labour Executive should be following up on this statement by Ian, whether in further context or not as seriously as any other issue that could possibly endanger the public.
We all have choices, political and personal, and we all have loved ones and a future. No one has the right to say something that may encourage anyone else to remove that from any one of us.
I’m finding it difficult to distinguish between any political party at the moment. Other than the SNP, they all appear to be merging into one solid unit of hatred.
One thing is for sure though, I will continue to exercise my right to vote how I choose and for who I choose.