Fawkes pas...


As is well known, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has been trying to appropriate libertarian rhetoric for a while now. It regularly describes itself as "libertarian" and has (unsurprisingly) been distancing itself from Bolshevik tradition (while, unfortunately but equally unsurprisingly, embracing the failed politics of social democracy).

It has gone one further. The SSP has been accused by the Tories of celebrating terrorism after hanging a poster about Guy Fawkes in its parliamentary office. The poster proclaims "Vote Guy Fawkes, the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions." Which is, of course, an old anarchist anti-election poster.

Bill Aitken, a Conservative MSP, said it was plumbing the depths even for the SSP. Quite rightly, the SSP said the Tories should get a sense of humour. Hopefully this will be as well developed as the SSP's sense of irony. After all, the SSP has six members in the Scottish Parliament.

Given this, it clearly it has two options: reread Orwell's definition of "doublethink" or come clean to the electorate...


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