PS/ And then there is this charming remark from Colin Fox, present Convener of the Scottish Socialist Party, when talking about Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell:
"I've never been one for name calling in politics. Tony Benn insists politics should be about policies and not personalities. I agree. But you could say Jack McConnell is an ape. I am not saying he has a hairy back you understand. It's just that he loyally apes everything Blair does. Blair supports Trident Two, so wee Jack McConnell says 'I support Trident Too'. Blair supports 20 more nuclear power stations, Jack says 'I support 20 more nuclear power stations too'. Blair supports the illegal and barbarous war in Iraq, Jack McConnell supports it too."
Now no-one can accuse me of being a supporter of 'poor wee' Jack McConnell, but really this talk about him being an 'ape' is just silly, in the sense of being childish; we are all 'apes' of course in the Naked Ape sense. I would hope that the debates leading upto the election could be conducted at a slightly more serious grown-up level. As for the SSP slogan (look at the background to the image of Mr Fox in the linked article), my sense is that socialism will be consigned to history long before capitalism ever is!