Tomorrow Is Ours Essay Topics

Lyndon Johnson’s introspection on behalf of the American nation was the result of a considerably more complex set of circumstances than our recent election, but the underlying point could stand for Scottish Labour now. We can’t change what has happened, but we can change what has yet to happen.

It’s difficult to put in writing exactly what the last few days have felt like.

I defy anyone involved in election campaigning to deny that you always think you've got a shot at winning — regardless of what the polls look like, or what odds the bookies are offering or what the sane voices in your head are telling you. You chap the doors, you speak to the voters and you share your message. And at the end of it all, there’s a part of you that forgets the rational — the part that just eggs you on to believe you can win. In 2012 everybody and their granny told me I was going to lose — and of course they were right. Didn’t stop me believing I could win though.

And then the smell of coffee hits you. You realise it’s all over. In this election we lost some great public servants — men and women that have dedicated a huge part of their life to the most noble of causes — making the lives of others a little better. Losing is part and parcel of being involved in politics — but it’s brutal and it’s painful, and the impact stretches far beyond the names on the ballet paper — think of the staff who make MP’s offices tick— the researchers and the case workers advocating day in day out on behalf of people to solve a myriad of problems. Thursday was a loss for them too and many of my closest friends and colleagues are now feeling the real impact of electoral defeat.

It’s common after results like this for people to offer thought-provoking platitudes — “we need a period of reflection” or “we need to think seriously about the root causes of why this happened”. What actually happens is not a great deal of rational analysis and a whole lot of recriminations that never help anything.

I'm not going to add much to the inevitable soul-searching, frankly because I'm not sure I'm quite ready to contemplate what happens next. But here are a few half-formed thoughts:

  1. The SNP are not to blame for winning 56 seats. They ran a strong campaign and they should be credited with that. It would be churlish in the extreme for us to say anything else. It also does us no favours whatsoever to lay blame for a Tory majority government at their door any more than it helped us to fight a Westminster election campaign on the subject of a second referendum. We need to recognise that patronising voters by suggesting they didn’t understand what the SNP was all about when they put their cross isn’t going to turn our fortunes around. Voters aren’t stupid — they knew exactly what they were voting for, and they voted in their droves for it. We need to ask why, and why our offer fell short.
  2. We need to seriously consider the extent to which people have not just stopped voting Labour but have completed the journey by endorsing the SNP as their new natural party of choice. Some may have just voted SNP as a wake up call to Labour, but not many — and madness awaits anyone who thinks that explains what happened on Thursday. Many, many more have given up an automatic loyalty to Labour and have switched permanently to the SNP. Assuming these voters come back to us for other elections is hopelessly naive.
  3. We need to work out why it is that whenever we pose the question “who do you trust to stand up for Scotland against the Tories” the answer comes back “not you lot”. We saw this in 2011 and again this year — people trust the SNP to stand up for Scotland. That has less to do with our patriotism (or perceived lack of), and more to do with a sense that we can’t be trusted to deliver on what we say we would do.
  4. We need a narrative that is about holding the SNP to account on devolved issues and pursuing our own agenda within the Holyrood context. If we frame the narrative correctly, then we can lead on devolved issues and become the party of big ideas — on health, on education, on social justice. We don’t need to outbid the SNP on what they are pledging we need to be creative and develop our own solutions and then relentlessly push them forward. Forget about constitutional politics — let them be the party of that. If we’re going to criticise the SNP for talking about the referendum instead of child literacy standards, let’s not be the party that starts the constitutional conversation in the first place.
  5. We need to go right back to basics in our ground organisation. If this election taught me anything it’s that we don’t really have a clue who votes for us and who doesn’t vote for us. We no longer have the benefit of MPs to lead local campaigning, so we need to develop a new model of integrating local party activists and Councillors so we can rebuild Team Labour from the ground up. I’ve argued before that our fantastic local Councillors need to be much more a part of our Party decision making, and that is even more important now.

Most importantly of all, we need to get on and do the job people need us to do. Scotland needs the Labour Party just as much as the Labour Party needs Scotland. The polls open in the Scottish Parliament elections in 360 days. We don’t have time to tear ourselves apart — there’s too much to do.

Tomorrow is ours — and if we knuckle down, we’re going to win.

[Corki]
Mmmmmm

[Sun Hi + Corki + Jodi] (Intro)
Tomorrow is ours

[Verse 1: Sun Hi]
Today
Maybe nothing went your way
But Hey
Everything will be ok

Gotta let it go
All the hurt you feel
Remember all you got to give
Gonna dry your eyes
Gonna start to heal
Now is when you start to live so

[Pre-Chorus: Corki]
Say goodbye to yesterday
Our futures out there In the Stars
Look at us were on our way
Were blazin’ trails

[SUN HI:]
Tomorrow is ours

[Sun Hi + Corki + Jodi]
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh…..
Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh-oh-oh

[Jodi]
I feel it happenin’
It’s really happenin’

We keep on Movin On
We Keep on Movin On

I feel it happening
It’s really happening

[Verse 2: Sun Hi]
You
You can make your dreams come true
Yes You
Here is what you’re gonna do

You’re gonna let it go
All the hurt you feel
Remember all you got to give
You’re gonna dry your eyes
Gonna start to heal
Now is when you start to live So

[Pre-Chorus: Corki]
Say goodbye to yesterday
Our futures out there In the stars
Look at us were on our way
Were blazin’ trails

[Sun Hi]
Tomorrow is ours
Tomorrow is ours
(yeaheeeyeaheeyeah-SUN HI)

[Jodi]
Tomorrow is ours

[Jodi]
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
(We keep on movin' on)
(We Keep on movin' on)
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
(We keep on movin’ ooooooon-Corki)

[Sun Hi + Corki + Jodi]
I feel it happening
It’s really happening
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(Yeah yeah yeah - Jodi)

[SUN-HI]
We keep on movin' on
We Keep on movin' on

[Jodi]
I feel it happening, I feel it happening
(I feel it happening)
It’s really happening

[Outro: Jodi]
Oooh yeah
Tomorrow is ours

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