Communists with eyes on the Scottish Government
2021 sees a swathe of elections across Britain, with council elections in England, Welsh Government elections, and Scottish Government elections all happening in May. This has driven the Communist Party, to field its largest election campaign since 1983.
The Scottish Government elections herald what could arguably be the most divisive and intense election, since the forming of the devolved parliament. With Scottish Labour fighting an internal battle, Scottish Nationalist Party hoping to retain power and focus upon constitutional concerns, instead of addressing criticism, a Tory Party who hope that by being a loud voice for unionism would not necessarily allow them to win big, but enough to dampen any sense of Labour gaining ground.
Amidst this deluge of parliamentary politics, the Communist Party is fielding three candidates in Glasgow, Motherwell and Wishaw, and Lothian. The three candidates are not only hoping to offer a fresh perspective, thanks to their age (all under the age of 30) but also thanks to their politics focused on core issues that are impacting the working-class in their communities and taking the fight to the ruling class parties who have all failed to make lasting and impactful changes for the vast majority of people in Scotland.
Daniel Lambe’s campaign for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency focuses upon the societal impact years of austerity has had upon his home town, and local community. He highlights how his entire teenage and early adult life has been one of cuts and decimation of the local community, with a human impact that has been devasting for the people in the constituency. He hopes through his campaign the need for investment and support of the people in the smaller towns and villages of Scotland.
Matthew Waddell, the youngest of the three candidates, also has equally high hopes for the people of Lothian. His campaign takes the fight not only to the gentrification of Edinburgh and its damaging impact on the surrounding communities like Lothian, but He also wants to make sure sub-urban regions of Scotland are not just seen as holding pens for workers in the bigger cities, but a place for a community life and support of their own.
Johnnie Hunter is driven by the horrendous impact austerity has had on the City of Glasgow. The rates of homelessness, the mass unemployment, and the lack of humanity shown by the Tories and the SNP have given Glasgow are truly dark underbelly of deprivation and misery. Having fought these policies in various circumstances (either through student protests, trade union politics, or just community organising) Johnnie believes he not only has the gumption to take the fight to the powers that be, but there is also a wider communal need for things to change drastically.