THE FIX IS IN
Wait till I tell you about this. I could not believe it when I was first told about it. So I checked and as unbelievable as it is, it is happening and this is how the SNP are planning to run the selection of candidates across the country.
All written communication with the members in the constituency can only happen through Party Headquarters using a pretty dodgy email system notorious for “losing members” from the database. Of course those who have been “lost” are unaware of being lost and just don’t get any communication anymore. Missed meetings are the least of the problem sometimes it is the Branch Chairperson who is posted in the “lost” category! Plenty have complained over the years but it still happens. Each candidate is limited to ONE message of no more than 300 words. Some campaign! Ten year olds are allowed more contact with a pen pal than SNP candidates are allowed with members.
Next up is the most astonishing and serious. Quite unheard of. The SNP NEC has decided that the candidates who are seeking selection in a constituency MUST NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, HAVE ACCESS TO THE CONTACT DETAILS of the membership. What we are about to witness is selection campaigns where no candidate can ever know who the electorate is. This of course greatly aids those who have had time to build a social media campaign but when combined with what I am going to tell you about next, sets the scene perfectly for the favoured Woke candidates. Who ever heard of elections where the electorate is kept top secret? Whose running this Party? Joseph Stalin?
Office bearers in the constituency, you know the folk who actually run the SNP in the area, are specifically barred from giving any endorsement to any of the candidates BUT MP’s and MSP’s from anywhere are free to do so. This is ridiculous, it is the office bearers who are going to have to work with whoever is selected. Favoured WOKE candidates can expect rapid influential endorsement from senior members of the faction handing them a huge advantage.
Let me tell you about a rather embarrassing incidence of this which has already occurred, a young potential candidate in Edinburgh announced he was standing for a seat and was promptly endorsed by two SNP MP’s known to be sympathetic to the faction. It was all over the Edinburgh media particularly that he had launched a crowd fundraiser to help finance his campaign. Just a slight problem, he had done this all before going for vetting. No idea what happened, perhaps too many Woke Folk contesting the one seat, but he was rejected at Vetting and his four week crowdfunder was dead in the water and both he and the two SNP’s MP’s who had prematurely endorsed his candidacy had to sheepishly handle the accompanying publicity of his rejection. This was totally unnecessary and candidates should not be allowed to do this until after they have been selected. Another NEC inspired own goal!
So to summarise rapid early approval of Woke favourites at vetting. Delay and rejection of rivals, particularly any strong local candidate capable of defeating the Woke candidate. Timing used to give Woke Candidates head start to build social media presence, introduce rule banning letting candidates know who the members of the constituency are (can’t believe I just wrote that!), outlaw endorsement of any candidate by local figures, permit endorsement by MP’s or MSP’s from anywhere. Pass rule that only one communication is permitted by each candidate which can only be circulated on the Headquarters dodgy email system and limited to 300 words.
There you are, all the parts of the jigsaw laid out put together so everyone can see what the real picture is about. No excuses now, it is plain for all to see, yet before in all its separate pieces it would be hard to fully understand or comprehend. It might even be considered quite innocent. Put it together and a very disturbing picture is clear. This is huge manipulation of the internal democracy within the Party. Truly scandalous! I think they are hearing the first rumblings of rebellion because the programme dates are now getting changed, cancelling short lists and going straight to the vote without cutting the fields in a much tighter timeframe.
My final point is not only is this appalling in democratic terms and grossly unfair on the non Woke element it is downright insulting to the membership of the Party throughout the country. When the actual election arrives it will be the membership in each constituency that will have the task of convincing the local populace to vote SNP. THE NEC WILL BE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN. Yet here we have the whole selection procedure, a total takeover by the NEC of the entire process. The ordinary membership not being trusted to run a fair and open election to select their own candidate. You know the man or woman who will represent THEIR area.
I don’t know what’s happened to the SNP, if this had been tried by the NEC in my day we would have been out on our ear with no survivors. If you are all willing to tolerate this level of control then frankly you have lost it, the grassroots is getting concreted over in front of your own eyes.
Stand up to them, make membership lists available to all candidates. Have some revolutionary zeal, the Party desperately needs it. If you join up with other constituencies and refuse this level of control and fixing, because that is what it is, there is nothing they can do! DEMAND fair and open elections, it’s your right. Protest or forever hold yer wheesht. Ordinary members raise this with your branch and constituency office bearers, ask them what they are doing about it?
IT’S FIRE IN THE BELLY TIME.
I am, as always
YOURS FOR SCOTLAND
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