Circular firing squad

Judean People's Front

Author Ken MacLeod (see above post) on the recent elections in Scotland

But enough squabbling amongst ourselves! Let’s turn and face the real enemy, the Judean People’s Front! Thanks to its divisions the far left has been wiped off the electoral map, going from six MSPs to nil. The Scottish Socialist Party was not only beaten handily by Solidarity – in five of the seven regions it won fewer votes than the Socialist Labour Party.

The what? Precisely. The Socialist Labour Party has next to no presence on the ground in Scotland. Socialist Labour got one election broadcast, fronted by the popular English actor Ricky Tomlinson, who emphasised that the party stood firmly against Scottish nationalism. Around a third of Scotland’s far-left voters must have agreed.

They no doubt opposed nationalism on the grounds that any nationalism plan backed by centrists is, by definition, flawed and a sell-out, or worse, backed by the Judean Popular People’s Front.

To be fair, the far right has their fratricidal infighting too, as witness the recent lawsuits, counter-lawsuits, and forming of a splinter group among California Minutemen. But sectarianism does seem epidemic on the far left at times. Why is this?