I AM GETTING ANGRY
I am getting angry with the SNP these days. They seem badly off course and making some very strange, and in my view, very dangerous and unpopular decisions. Of course any unpopularity Involved in these measures is masked by the outstanding performance of the First Minister in dealing with the all consuming Covid19 crisis. I still think there is reason to worry though, because sooner or later Covid19 will move lower in the news cycle and with it the virus will be gone and the Independence Movement will be left facing the hostages to fortune the SNP are busy delivering.
There is also a power struggle going on. It’s a bit of a weird one though as only one side seems to be involved. These are a bunch of very insecure people who hold senior positions mainly through patronage and who seem engaged in a war with anyone who isn’t Nicola Sturgeon. Wake up to this Nicola,I know you are snowed under, but this is not a good look. You are going to need to make changes to sort this out.
So far it’s been Alex Salmond that has been the main victim, even though he was cleared of all charges you would never know it as the Woke brigade carry on their vendetta against him. Based on smear and innuendo their anger at him defeating their conspiracy and plotting infuriates them. They have much to answer for and the answers will be sought and found. The Parliamentary inquiry that starts on the 18th August and what follows in Alex Salmond’s book are entirely the results of their devious and dishonest behaviour. Folk need to remember that when the publicity grows. It wasn’t Alex Salmond that started this. It was the politically insecure and selfish.
The attempts to throw every conceivable barrier in the way of Joanna Cherry contesting the Edinburgh Central seat has direct connections to the Salmond trial as well. She is viewed as someone loyal to Alex during the trial and therefore it is much more preferable to these folk to have Angus Robertson, a friend and ally, as the choice.
The problem here is it appears the vast majority of members in Edinburgh Central want to support Joanne Cherry so a “way” must be found to keep her off the ballot paper. Hence the moves to try to debar her standing, to introduce a £10K charge into the process, to try to create rules that she must surrender her Westminster seat in advance of contesting the selection battle for the Scottish Parliament seat in Edinburgh Central, rather than requiring its surrender should she be elected in next years Scottish election. This is the type of political infixing that brought Labour to its knees. It is really dispiriting to see its arrival in internal SNP POLITICS. I have already cancelled my subscription to Angus’s Progress Scotland organisation. It may have provided him with an income after he lost his Moray seat but it has delivered little in my view and other pro Indy blog sites have conducted much better polling.
So is that it, is that the extent of my anger? Well no, there is more. I am very opposed to the proposed Hate Crime legislation. It is very dangerous, it threatens freedom of speech, it lays people open to being a victim of concerted action by fringe groups, who conspire to insist they are offended by something and then call for prosecution of the person who “offended” them. It is a licence for more “politically correct” legislation that will empower the malicious at the expense of the rest of our nation. Likewise the GRA plans are enraging many, have never been passed at any SNP Conference but seem to have become policy despite this. It is not clever politics particularly when the person most responsible for it announces at the outset of consultation that she intends ensuring it is adopted irrespective of what the consultation reveals.
To top it off we have our courts taking ludicrous action against Craig Murray and Mark Hirst. Action that is blatantly biased given that no action is being launched against the other journalists who did more to reveal the identities of the alphabet woman than Craig or Mark. The difference of course is that they were part of the UNIONIST MSM who crucified Alex Salmond in advance of his trial and who have been still busy banging in the nails since his complete acquittal. As Wings have exposed, the office of Humza Yousaf and the Crown Prosecution Service and Lord Advocate are playing pass the parcel in doing their best to avoid answering who is responsible for this outrage.
Now let me be clear, I want to support the SNP, I think Nicola is an outstanding First Minister, I have many long-standing friends in the Party, both elected and ordinary members. I live to see Independence delivered and I support all measures that make that goal more likely. However when I see things going wrong, where I see loyalty to Nicola, not rocking the boat, being used to smuggle though bad legislation, moves that build opposition to Independence and make it much easier to criticise an Independent Scotland then I am going to speak out.
I have no political ambition for myself, my time has been and gone, but I have a fierce ambition for Scotland’s freedom and it will not be denied without challenge.