Until now I have written about the vetting and various problems, including people who were rejected. It has caused some argument and anger, on both sides, which I regret. However I suspect it is nothing to the anger that will be unleashed if anything other than an honest answer is provided to this question.
Today I am turning to who have been passed, at least who I believe have been passed. Vetting has now been completed so can the Leadership of the Scottish National Party confirm that none of the women involved in the Alex Salmond trial, known as the Alphabet women, were approved to be candidates and therefore none will be official SNP Candidates in the forthcoming May 2021 elections?
A simple yes or no answer will suffice. However, if the answer is No how did the standard question in the vetting with words to the effect of “have you anything in your past that could potentially result in damage to you or the Party during any campaign?” not have had the desired effect of eliciting a disqualification at that stage? Or did their actions have official approval? I think the answer to this question will tell us that, as will total silence.
My concern is because many members are ignorant of their true identity. People may be reluctant to vote for other female candidates in case they are supporting one of them in error. This of course is most unfair and disadvantages female candidates across the board.
No need to answer me, it is the members of the Party, particularly those attending the imminent hustings across the country, that need to know that answer.
It’s the simplest of questions. All it needs is a Yes or No answer. Silence is not acceptable to anyone. It will only make the situation worse.
You see I don’t think this is a matter than can be postponed, put off, swept under the carpet. I think it is capable of causing a huge, unnecessary split in the Party. To think those responsible for this evil and malicious plot could be rewarded with a seat in Holyrood for their actions is abhorrent to many, members and supporters alike. This is about nothing other than honesty, decency and justice. Does it still exist in the SNP?
As they say “ all that is needed for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing”.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland.
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