"The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous."
To bring this up to date we must, of course, substitute "British" for "English" in this quote from an acknowledged master of the black art of propaganda. These are words that British Labour in Scotland has very much taken to heart.
Between now and 7 May we will hear little else from Jim Murphy and his mob other variations on a theme of "Vote Labour to keep the Tories out!". Quite apart from the vacuous negativity of a slogan which explicitly acknowledges that British Labour in Scotland has nothing to say in its own favour, the slogan itself is founded on a lie.
The data which shows that voting for British Labour in Scotland is all but totally useless as a strategy for avoiding Tory governments has been widely publicised and there seems no need to rehash it here. Suffice it to say that, in the last UK general election people in Scotland voted overwhelmingly for British Labour in Scotland - 40 out of 59 MPs - and we still got a Tory government. In 2010, 1,035,528 people believed the slogan being peddled by British Labour in Scotland. They voted for the British Labour candidate on the basis of an assurance that this would prevent the Tories getting into power. That assurance proved to be utterly worthless.
But it gets worse. Not only did those British Labour MPs voted for by people in Scotland fail to keep the Tories out, they added insult to injury by joining forces with Tories in a campaign to cheat the people of Scotland out of the democratic power that we held in our hands on Thursday 18 September 2014.
British Labour in Scotland combined abysmal failure with contemptuous betrayal. And now they want us to forget all that. Such is the paucity of ideas and imagination within the pretendy wee "Scottish Labour Party" that they can do no better than return to the same slogan so many fell for back in 2010.
It is as if they think we've forgotten already how badly they let us down before. It is as if the think we've forgotten how they behaved during the referendum campaign - the distortions, lies and scaremongering. It is as if they suppose we've forgotten how they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the very same Tories they now say we should treat as political lepers.
Their hope is that the big lie will obscure the truth if only they follow Herr Goebbels's advice and stick stubbornly to that lie.
We sent large numbers of British Labour MPs to Westminster, and it does us no good at all. Things only happen for Scotland when we send SNP MPs to Westminster.
At present, there are only 6 MPs representing Scotland at Westminster. Of the 59 MPs from constituencies in Scotland, 53 are British MPs who represent, in no particular order, their personal interests, the interests of their party, and the interests of the ruling elites of the British state. THEY DO NOT REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND.
Our 6 real Scottish MPs do a good job in difficult circumstances. But they are outnumbered 100 to 1 and are invariably shouted down by loud-mouthed British nationalist MPs whenever they try to speak up for Scotland. Imagine what it would be like if all, or even most, of the MPs we send to Westminster were people who put Scotland's interests first. Imagine if, instead of 40 British Labour MPs sucking up to the Tories and the ruling elites of the British state, we had 40 SNP MPs standing up for Scotland.
Imagine it! Then make it happen. Between now and polling day in May, shoot down British Labour's "Big Lie" every time it is repeated. Urge your friends and family to help break the British establishment's stultifying strangle-hold on our democracy. And vote for your SNP candidate on 7 May.