At Westminster we have a government whose first priority is to protect global capitalism and the wealth and privilege it confers on the few who control of its sinews.
That government has been dismantling the very fabric and infrastructure of the welfare state and privatising government itself.
At Holyrood we have a devolved government whose first priority is to win a referendum on independence based on nationality - yet which does not seem to care who owns the businesses and industries operating in Scotland.
The 2011 elections to the Scottish Parliament saw turnout at just over 50 per cent as two parties claiming to be of the centre-left, Scottish Labour and the SNP, squared up to each other over policies so marginally divergent it seemed the differences were contrived and traded insults over personalities and leadership.
Throughout Scotland in counties and cities we have councils struggling to maintain services and infrastructure for residents - 61 per cent of whom no longer believe it is even worth bothering to vote in local elections, even though it's at local level that the politics of central government impact on people most directly.
Meanwhile in highly profitable supermarkets which find themselves unable to pay their staff the living wage shoppers are asked to buy extra food to donate to charities.
Charities need the food to distribute food parcels to those who cannot afford to feed themselves - more than half of whom are in paid employment.
The current political landscape is grim indeed. The debt has been nationalised, the wealth and assets privatised.
Workers continue to have their wages cut or frozen and bankers and chief executives continue to receive bonuses - sometimes in shares in the very businesses the workers bailed out and still own.
The co-operative movement was briefly puzzled by Prime Minister David Cameron's flirtation with mutuality and the Big Society - then horrified as we heard our language twisted and corrupted beyond recognition in a programme in which self-help and self-responsibility meant exclusion, isolation and being cut loose from support, while the terms equity, equality and solidarity were at best embarrassing and at worst, meaningless.
The Co-operative Party campaigned for the remutualisation of Northern Rock and continues to campaign for the mutualisation of other failed banks.
But the banking elite is dead set against such moves - indeed, the Financial Services Authority has been vociferous in its criticism of the Co-operative Bank as it moved to absorb around 600 Lloyds-TSB branches. Apparently, nurses, plasterers and Methodist ministers are not suitable for sitting on the boards of banks - even of a bank which required no government bailout whatsoever.
The Scottish Co-operative Party is proud to have organised the Morning Star launch in Glasgow tonight together with the paper. And not only because the Morning Star is a co-operative.
We have speakers from across the left - Morning Star editor Richard Bagley, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, GMB political officer Richard Leonard, Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty, myself for the Co-operative Party and STUC president Agnes Tolmie.
Historically the left has a dishonourable tradition of splitting, of preaching solidarity while fostering schism.
Trade unions have been accused of fighting for their members' rights even if this disadvantages other workers, consumers or service users.
The Co-operative Party has been accused of opposing nationalisation or providing a back door for privatisation.
Scottish Labour has recently been accused of attacking the principle of universal benefits and betraying socialism.
The flames of all these criticisms are fanned by the gleeful right-wing press and the Morning Star and Co-op News sometimes follow the trend. But while we fight among ourselves the Tories hold true to their one principle of government - divide and rule.
"From each according to his or her ability, to each according to his or her need."
We all believe that. We all believe in the importance of public ownership. We all believe that together we can achieve more than we can on our own.
The Scottish Morning Star is a political and social milestone marking recognition of the urgent need for unity on the left in this country, beyond the context of the referendum.
A recognition that the real enemy is the auld enemy - not the English, but the capitalist class.
We are all comrades. We must learn to co-operate - before it is too late.
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