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Program notes from this excellent podcast series read: Dunn Street founder Stephen Donnelly was joined by former Director for Political Operations in the Blair Government, and Director of Communications for the Gillard Government, John McTernan.
John discusses last week’s Holyrood elections in Scotland, where Labour had its worst-ever result with 22 seats, and the lowest share of the vote in both Constituency & List votes.
John analyses the lingering fixation on Scottish independence and how it shaped the election, the challenge facing Labour’s new leader Anas Sarwar and the broad implications for UK Labour electoral fortunes. He also discusses the voting population’s move away from traditional values-driven Party loyalty and the attraction towards populist leadership in Britain.
And for further reference, read Tony Blair’s piece in the New Statesman, which Stephen mentions in the show: