O’Neill has subjected the failures which led to Labour’s Glasgow East by election capitulation to rigorous scrutiny over on Unionist Lite. His thoughts on the inadequacy of the unionist response to Scots' nationalism are instructive. Labour’s caning at the hands of the SNP, and indeed the general trend which propelled the nationalist party into power at Holyrood, are indicative of disillusionment with the government, rather than a genuine desire for Scotland to become independent from the rest of the United Kingdom. However, the intricacies of motivation leading the Scottish electorate toward a nationalist party are increasingly irrelevant.
That party are on a roll. They are increasingly popular, mainstream unionist parties are failing to capture the imagination of Scottish voters and without any need to specifically endorse the dissolution of the Union, it is being incrementally damaged and the cause of Scottish independence is being strengthened by default. The Conservatives have only a slender foothold in Scotland and as O’Neill remarks, they seem to lack the stomach to unambiguously oppose nationalism. Surely as David Cameron attempts to bolster his party's regional and unionist credentials, it is time for his party to make a stand? The Liberal Democrats have similar problems. Labour has traditionally been Scotland’s biggest party and as voters turn against Brown and his government, the SNP appear to many to offer the only viable alternative.
This is a lamentable situation, because that party are in a position to do untold damage to Scotland and to the Union. They offer short-termist, populist solutions to intractable problems which will be impossible to reverse once in train. As economies undergo a downturn it is an observable phenomenon that the certainties of nationalism, accompanied by its cousins, xenophobia and racism, prosper at the polls. O’Neill points out that the new SNP candidate for Glasgow East has form in this regard, chastising a Glasgow school for displaying too many English George Crosses in a classroom display.
The Labour Party’s problems are largely of its own making and it is difficult to muster much sympathy for Gordon Brown’s predicament. Unfortunately its demise in Scotland could have far more serious consequences than simply bringing about a change in government. That is why it is necessary for unionists to galvanise in opposition to the separatist, Balkanising, xenophobic, nationalist menace represented by the SNP. The consequences are otherwise too serious to contemplate.