By a Newsnet reporter
Labour leader Ed Miliband has announced his intention to bring his shadow cabinet to Scotland in an attempt at persuading Scots that staying with the Union is the best way to protect against welfare cuts and a stagnant economy.
Miliband, who is coming under increasing pressure from many within his own party, is expected to use the trip to try boost his flagging leadership.

"I think the biggest issue facing people in Scotland and across the UK is the living standards crisis," he told the Daily Record.

"We are going to bring the shadow cabinet up to Scotland for a living standards summit, to talk about the issues facing Scotland in terms of living standards and what a Labour Government would do to tackle them.

"What is clear to me is that while Scottish families are lying awake at night thinking about how to make ends meet, Alex Salmond is lying awake at night thinking about the constitution."

In a throwback to Unionist claims of the past, Miliband suggested that independence would leave Scots worse off.

"I don’t think independence or separatism is going to solve people’s living standards problem – probably quite the reverse.  I do think a Labour Government can do that and I am determined to show how we are going to do that."

However Miliband refused to commit to scrapping the controversial Bedroom Tax, pledging only that Labour would reveal plans in a future manifesto.

"The bedroom tax is an iniquitous tax," he said, before adding, "When it comes to our manifesto we will be spelling out what we are going to do on the bedroom tax and it will be credible."

The announcement of a Labour trip to Scotland follows similar plans confirmed by David Cameron after the PM confirmed the Tory/Lib Dem cabinet would itself head north this year.

The announcement of a Scottish trip by Mr Miliband follows disappointing polling for the party in north of the border.  Holyrood surveys have revealed Labour is in an even worse position than that which led to their humiliation in the 2011 Scottish election.

Labour’s leader in Scotland, MSP Johann Lamont, has faced similar criticism to that of her UK leader following what many have termed her ‘summer of silence’, despite a number of controversial issues emerging. 

The party was engulfed in a bitter war of words with the Unite union over the selection process in Falkirk which was supposed to see a replacement candidate for disgraced MP Eric Joyce selected.

More recently, the emergence of the Labour group – Labour for Independence – saw Lamont again fail to surface as her deputy, MP Anas Sarwar, spearheaded retaliatory attacks on the group.


# josepy wallace 2013-08-27 06:11
Well he has already got my back up with the word Seperatism so if Scotland votes YES it will be seperatism day will it eh no dont think so it will be Independance Day
# Chateaulait 57 2013-08-27 06:58
My, we are popular all of a sudden, first that nice Mr Cameron promises to pay us a visit with his cabinet, now we have hapless Ed doing likewise, they must think we are really gullible, sadly they may be right.

I had to laugh when Ed said, "I don’t think independence or separatism is going to solve people’s living standards problem – probably quite the reverse. I do think a Labour Government can do that and I am determined to show how we are going to do that."

How many times have Labour been in power at Westminster over the last Sixty years alone and failed to do just that Ed?
# clootie 2013-08-27 07:15
To quote Mr. Miliband - "When it comes to our manifesto we will be spelling out what we are going to do on the bedroom tax and it will be credible."

Such decisive leadership - compare this to the Scottish government statement to remove it on independence.

If it is wrong then commit to removing it. The political waffle above means nothing.
# Soloman 2013-08-27 07:29
"What is clear to me is that while Scottish families are lying awake at night thinking about how to make ends meet, Alex Salmond is lying awake at night thinking about the constitution."

Perhaps some of the people are lying awake at night wondering how safe the nuclear weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde are?

Let's hope he is decisive about what should happen with them and perhaps he will disclose who is in charge of Labour in Scotland seeing as we all know it is not Ms Lamont.


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# Abulhaq 2013-08-27 07:45
These "initiatives'" by Unionist leaders signify nothing other than the fact that Britannia thinks it calls the tune. The cultural hubris of these people coming north with their threadbare notions is instructive. The lesson? nothing will change until WE change.
# Macart 2013-08-27 07:48
So, we are five years on from the fall of the economy. Two years on from the start of austerity UK and a little over one year away from the 'threat' of independence...

And NOW we get visits from the Westminster cabinet and shadow cabinet. NOW its become really important to connect with the people or 'help' with their wee events list next year. Where were these respective cabinets when people lost their jobs? Where were they when people were being victimised for disability? Where are they now when people are being evicted from their homes? But now we are to get a visit. They had better come on their knees begging forgiveness. Thankfully we've got a government in Scotland that is prepared to be here and be counted when it matters.

VOTE YES if you want a government that does more than just visit.
# call me dave 2013-08-27 08:06
Spot on Macart!

Maybe they're coming up to fill in for 'what's her name' who cannot be found or make a comment on anything.
# Macart 2013-08-27 08:28
Yet another absentee leader, whose chief contribution to political debate or accountability is squirrels or venom. Next year they shape up or ship out, they'll have a 'country' to rebuild. They helped break it, they can help fix it or get out the way for those willing and able.
# Leader of the Pack 2013-08-27 07:57
So we can expect the dubious honour of having not only the full Westminster Cabinet as guests but also the full Westminster opposition cabinet as well.
And what will be the difference in the message they will bring? NOTHING. Not a sausage. Three political parties in opposition cannot distinguish nor separate their ideals policies goals ambitions actions nor messages UK wide let along in Scotland. Not only has Labour failed to even voice a credible opposition to the bedroom tax they have failed to voice opposition to ALL the austerity measures imposed by the coalition. They along with the coalition are the party of austerity, war, WMDs, nuclear power, privatisation, something for nothing, welfare cuts, benefit cuts, pension cuts. None of these unionist parties in opposition can agree to oppose each other on any of these issue at all. So what do they oppose each other on? Who should sit in number 10 and nothing else!
# Hugo 2013-08-27 09:02
Perhaps these Cabinets will reveal what extra powers will be transfered to Edinburgh in the event of a NO vote thus ending the uncertainty.

They are great ones for wanting to end uncertainty.
# Massan_Gow 2013-08-27 09:04
So the Scottish Government has to introduce measures to protect Scots from Westminster's grotesque attacks on the poor and yet Ed thinks Alex Salmond is only concerned with Independence?

As usual we have a Unionist attacking Alex Salmond instead of providing a positive case for the Union.

They're all coming up to give us a wee pat on the head and tell us how silly we are wanting to run our own affairs.
# snowthistle 2013-08-27 10:00
Always infuriates me the way they try to make out that the constitutional arrangement and the economy are somehow mutually exclusive. It's an incredibly simplistic and patronising way of looking at things. The economy and the political set up are intertwined and interdependent. To claim otherwise is insulting to the people of Scotland

I don't want independence to paint my face blue and shout freedom, I want independence to make things better for folk who are lying awake at night wondering how to make ends meet.
# Mad Jock McMad 2013-08-27 09:07
Of course we, the Scottish taxpayer, will be coughing up for all this grandstanding by Cameron and Milliband because as sure as eggs are eggs not a penny of this 'Me Too' Milliband propaganda attempt to give him a 'profile' in Scotland will be coming out of the Shadow Cabinet's own pocket or Labour's non-existent funds.

Yet again Westminster is following in Wee Eck's coat-tails. I just hope both Cameron and Milliband are ready for some 'Farage moments' when they try to 'walk around' and meet 'their ordinary people'. Just writing this gives me the dry boak ... on the other hand it will be a great chance for Yes banners all over the shop.
# hiorta 2013-08-27 09:27
Labour were known as the 'Feeble Fifty' a short while ago - for very good reason.
All that has hasn't changed is that the current lot are identical.
# mealer 2013-08-27 09:34
I cant really see a visit from Mr Miliband and the surrounding publicity doing anything to bolster support for Labour or London Rule.Quite the reverse,in fact.I dare say he might be a decent enough fellow,but he comes across as being insipid and weak.He doesn't have the charisma to get people to follow him.The fact that his party has nothing to offer Scotland but Tory policies leaves him in a pretty hopeless and irrelevant position.So whats the point in him coming?
Maybe he's mounting a sort of Stanley type expedition to find Ms Lamont.
# proudscot 2013-08-27 09:53
The Scottish press and BBC keep telling us how "only around a third" of Scots are supporters of independence. I have long been of the opinion that this is false Unionist propaganda, based on inaccurate and manipulated polling statistics.

Now here we have Cameron and Milliband dragging their respective "Cabinets" up to tour Jockland, in an attempt to defuse the dreaded "Salmond effect" our competent SNP-led Government is having up here. This grandstanding is supposed to make we ungrateful subsidy junkie Jocks change our collective opinion of the likes of Hague or Curran? Aye, right! So it will!

Final point, the UK is currently trillions in debt, so who's paying for all this expensive cabinet junketing?
# Clydebuilt 2013-08-27 10:22
So Ed's coming to Scotland.....Good

The more people see and hear him the better it will be for a YES vote. Whatever Ed Milliband is he's obviously not a leader of a nation.

So come on up Ed the BBC's primed to get you all over our screens.
# gopher3 2013-08-27 10:22
What Labour will do about the Bedroom Tax.

Answer is nothing, and of course we'll be picking up the tab for the visit.
# UpSpake 2013-08-27 10:42
'The Living Standards Crisis', really Moribund ?.
Scotland for decades has been in Fiscal Surplus to Westminster. What is it about giving them more money than we ever get back do these people not understand.
They have cocked things up royally and we the sovereign people of Scotland have had bank debt socialised so we all pay for the greed and extravagence of others who using our name, blamed us for the excesses.
More fool we to listen to such tripe. Scotland should retain all the taxes raised here. Once our hospitals and welfare are paid for whatever is left can be offered in part to Westminster to squander at will, as they have done for centuries.
Our money is our money, not theirs or anyone elses for that matter, warning EU.
Time we all woke up to our 'real' situation and sent them all, all unionists of whatever persuasion, packing.
# Independista 2013-08-27 10:46
“When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land”.
~ Desmond Tutu.
Aye, and when we open our eyes on September 2014, we will have regained our land and sea. Milliband and Cameron’s missionaries can take their Trident with them as they head south.
# clootie 2013-08-27 11:48

Thank you for the quote - I hadn't seen that one before :D
# fynesider 2013-08-27 12:31
Haud me back...Canny wait.. Any date set yet... They coming to Argyll? Carradale perhaps?

Nice quote Independista...
# Seagetagrip 2013-08-27 12:48
Why should not hire a bus big enough for both cabinets? They would have plenty to talk about, plenty in common other than the troublesome Scots.

Frankly, their appearance can only help the Yes campaign and we should perhaps over egg the pudding.
# Rafiki 2013-08-27 13:04
Mr Cameron is bringing his cabinet up so that Scots can see what a Tory MP looks like; we should tell him we have already got one, of whom he might not be aware.

Mr Miliband is chasing shadows - starting with Ms Lamont.
# Breeks 2013-08-27 14:23
I wonder if they'll come in a UN convoy with blue tin hats and flak jackets. They'll have 'politician' written everywhere so they're not mistaken for members of the Press.
# pomatiaH1 2013-08-27 15:23
"Scots that staying with the Union is the best way to protect against welfare cuts and a stagnant economy." ?? The SG is taking measures to protect against welfare cuts, it is Labour, Milliband and Lamont who said we have a 'something for nothing' culture and need to have cuts, and as far as I remember reading Scotland's economy is doing a bit better than the rest of the UK, despite the restrictions of the Union.
Comeron is bring his Cabinet, Miliband is bringing his Cabinet. Maybe they they think we are going for Independence because we feel neglected!
Miliband makes critical comments forgetting we voted for Alex Salmond, we didn't vote for Milliband.
# Davy 2013-08-27 17:33
Someone had better give the man a compass incase he gets lost, or will we need to contact "international rescue" to ensure he gets back from the wilds of Caledonia.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, - thunderbirds are GO.
# Soloman 2013-08-27 18:15
Don't worry there will be a plan b escape route.....

# hetty 2013-08-27 20:15
My my, how convenient, how much of tax payers cash are they spending on this? Are they staying in the local b n b or local youth hostel? I don't think so. Still, maybe it will be good for the Scottish economy, but we don't need them or their cash truth be told. Funny they suddenly seem to know where Scotland is on the map. Well too late, it's a world map and the empire is no more, bye bye and good riddance!
# independentgirl 2013-08-27 20:18
I would think that his presence in Scotland will be as toxic as that of David Cameron and his cabinet, so in the words of Wendy Alexander, "bring it on"
# PhilMacVee 2013-08-27 21:05
This junket is so wrong. Who will pay for this unproductive antidemocratic theatre? US.
They and the Egovernment should stay where we already have to pay for them to be safe rather than become a costly travelling circus.
# Angusman 2013-08-27 21:25
And what brings the "big hitters" up north then? A bit dangerous in these parts you know! Nuclear subs and what-not, not trying to scare you or anything like.
# ButeHouse 2013-08-27 23:26
Strange that the Cabinet AND the Shadow cabinet find the need to visit Scotland in the same year, don't you think?

I was led to understand that the referendum was all but WON by the NO Campaign! If so, why the need to wheel the entire Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet up to Edinburgh or Glasgow or was it Auchtertool?

Do I detect more than a hint of uncertainty in the Unionist Camp?

And what of Ms Lament? Will she be found in time to attend - not the actual Shadow Cabinet of course but be allowed to sit in a side room somewhere and be fed the occasional crumb from the Cabinet Table.

Bring them On - to paraphrase Wendy - I quite liked her I might add - (so shoot me why don't you?).

Let them bring who they like they are fooling fewer and fewer Scots with faux caring.

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