ref date:28 Feb 1999 (SI)
Senior figure in Scottish labour says Blair should NOT oppose Scots Independence
John McAllion, a labour man for many years has said that Tony Blair should NOT
try to align labour against moves towards Scottish independence
McAllion asked that Blair should instead abandon his "unionist hostility towards
nationalism" and adopt "a much more positive attitude
towards Scottish identity".
He also said "Nationalism is here to stay, and Labour must learn to live with
it. We cannot always be knocking Scottish nationalism - this
only makes us appear to be anti-Scottish."
McAllion is to stand as deputy leader of the Labour party, but given how much
hatred Blair has displayed towards the idea of Scotland returning to its state
of full independence, is Mr McAllion being used as a stalking horse - or to
lend credibility to the labour party who are pro-Westminster and most