THOSE NEC PROBLEMS

Originally published in September 2020.

THEY WONT BE SOLVED IF YOU DO THE ABOVE!

Have you forgotten about it yet? That is the tactics, by now you are expected to have forgotten all about the NEC and “moved on”. Oh you were mad alright, many wrote in. How many got a reply? Not a lot of hands up I see. How many got an honest reply? Not a hand in sight.

What has happened to the SNP?. The party that for decades prided itself on its open, honest, accountable structure has been replaced by a NEC embroiled in internal plots, secret ballots that destroy all accountability, rule changes designed to pull a drawbridge up stopping any outsiders (for that read ordinary members) challenging those currently in power and make it very difficult to achieve personnel change.

To this end, they control the reconstructed NEC secretly blocking MP’s at Westminster contesting seats for Holyrood while dusting off their own applications for the vacant seats. Intent on pursuing a policy agenda that concentrates on GRA and the Hate Crime Bill, policies that are opposed by huge swathes of the membership. Some of those pushing this agenda admit they are “soft on Independence” and several had direct and indirect involvement in the Alex Salmond trial.

Strange things are happening elsewhere, SNP controlled Glasgow City Council are partly responsible for the jailing of Manny Singh the former AUOB organiser for the crime of refusing to move the agreed time of the Glasgow March as many of those participating had purchased travel tickets based on that original time which had been agreed and would then have arrived hours after the March if it was brought forward. Not sure what part of the Independence Revolution is an SNP administration reporting him to the Procurator Fiscal, then again there is a small section of the Party that are quite keen on courts and trials isn’t there? Think about this, the sentence was way in excess of the offence, why? Will this not act as a serious deterrent to others from being organisers of similar events in the future? What are we to make of SNP politicians playing a role in this?

I hear stories of good people being rejected by the Vetting Committee because they did not fit, particularly if they are planning to seek a seat where the woke front are busy backing their own candidate for the same seat. I haven’t even mentioned Edinburgh Central yet. Hearing Woke candidates fly through vetting while their competitors get held up and delayed allowing the Woke candidate a head start locally. I also got a message from a member of one of the minority groups who lost her position in the Group she was a member of for refusing to support GRA, so the problem is widespread at all levels. Much more on how candidate selection Is being influenced coming shortly in the weeks ahead. Be prepared for more shocks. Investigation underway.

The rules introduced in 2017 also pose a threat as Joanna Cherry wrote in the National last week “The risk is that we might insulate our elected representatives from the accountability we have always been proud of in the SNP and create a self-perpetuating group with no entryway for outsiders or fresh talent.Without a change we are in danger of creating a Catch-22. Only those with an existing profile can stand to be representatives and only those who have successfully become representatives will have a profile.” 

This is what happens when candidates are restricted to the contacts they can make with constituency members in a selection contest, you hand a huge advantage to those with name recognition and make it very difficult for anyone outside this elite group to win a nomination, no matter how talented they might be.

The only hope this democratic disaster can be averted is if ordinary members take back control and use their votes to start axing those responsible for this outrage from their positions of power. To do that they need to organise, identify those they wish to replace and put together a credible slate of candidates capable of winning the positions on the NEC. I hope there are those willing to take on this task. It is urgently needed. Those behind these moves are very focussed, the fight back must be as well if it is to be successful. Organisation is all. I can publicise your efforts but I can’t organise it unfortunately. Good folk that are members need to stand up for the ordinary grassroots members. In the past that would not have been a problem.

I can understand how this has come about. In recent years the SNP have been making steady political progress, caveat, in the polls. In these circumstances it’s understandable that people presume that progress is happening across the Party. It’s only when this group went too far and run the spiteful tactics on Joanna Cherry that light was shone on the matter and people suddenly realised all was not well. In the past members could have relied on one or two senior members speaking out but the strict regiment under Nicola does not treat open criticism well and I am sure many were intimidated. This intimidation did not serve the Party well as now the level of surgery required is much greater than would have been the case if operated on earlier.

There is a remarkable connection between the people involved in many of these problem areas, many feature the same people, close associates or partners, both male and female.It will be a big job to win this Party back. I very much hope the ordinary membership have the will and the courage to do so. Unity in any political party is important but the need for it must not be abused by those in authority running roughshod over the ordinary membership. Particularly if it’s for their own selfish benefits.

I write this article because a lot of people and branches have written to both Party HQ and the National Secretary. Many have not received even an acknowledgement or a reply to their specific questions. Clearly they are being ignored in the hope they will just go away. I am doing my best to make clear they won’t,,until someone, somewhere comes up with answers as to why the NEC acted as they did, clearly outside the Constitution. Rerun the vote without any secret ballot or PR system is the solution. It will be a running sore otherwise.

I don’t know who you should write to, The Chief Executive? Don’t know if he will still be there or if he could write back without further entangling himself in the entire mess. The Business Convener? By all accounts she has lost the ability to communicate to the lower orders. To encourage responses I will publish at least one article a fortnight until the replies arrive. Honest ones!

It’s really easy, if you want your Party back you need to create a storm over this. If you don’t it won’t be your Party anymore. It’s late in the day already, these people have got a real hold.

They are not running your Party well, by all accounts there are serious questions building over the Party’s finances and also current membership levels. Surely it makes sense to deal with these NEC problems and the Alex Salmond plot before more problems pile in on top?

Nobody is going away, ignorant silence will not work. I hope.

I am, as always

YOURS FOR SCOTLAND

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27 thoughts on “THOSE NEC PROBLEMS

  1. I have not got a clue who to vote for on the NEC as I do not know who is who or what they stand for and will probably abstain in case I back the “wrong” candidate. I am open to suggestions otherwise it will be a wasted vote,

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      1. I went looking for the post on @gracebrodie and the archive post here but the image in the post is not that helpful. I know this is going to sound like pathetic whining but simply getting hold of this information is simply too hard. Even then, what am I to do with a list of names – there’s no context, no dossier if you like. It’s probably a couple of weeks of full time work to find out who they are, where they stand and whether I should vote for them.

        This is where the woke succeed and the alternatives fail.

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    1. Alon, if you are a delegate to conference you’ll get an email for voting on the Saturday morning. That should contain flyers from the respective candidates. If you are in a Lothians Branch, I myself am standing for NEC and Policy Development Committee and would ask you to consider giving me your number one vote. I would also ask you to consider using your other preferences for my colleagues C McDonald, SKSanders for NEC and SKSanders for PDC.

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  2. YES We Will Vote for the SNP in May 2021 & YES in IndyRef2!
    But I Will campaign Against the SNazis once We are a Free Alba!
    The Murrells want to Dictate in a Free Alba, We Must Stop that at the 1st Opportunity!!!

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    1. Sadly, I’m not at all sure the Murrells actually want a ‘free Alba’. They are doing quite nicely in occupied Scotland.

      I am one of those who wrote at the time of the Cherry debacle. I also indicated my feelings on the illiberal Hate Crime bill and the GRA. I got neither an acknowledgement nor a reply.

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    2. I can’t help but notice a malcontent has described the SNP as Nazis without the post disappearing. Is that okay while a turn of phrase illustrating the common goals of the Tories and malcontents gets you deleted? I’m not seeing much difference between malcontent actions and those they allege the SNP are guilty of 🤔.

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  3. A sound summary of where the party has ended up. Although Iain does not mention it but the similarities with New Labour are there for all to see, and unless we change the rot from within, we will I am afraid, sustain the same fate both internally with the members and externally with the electorate.

    And so the message is crystal clear to us all. We need to get involved, remove those who would destroy our party, and get it back on track.

    The Indy Lites, the Wokes, the comfortable troughers, and the downright criminal who abuse the power and process of governance, they all need to go, and the ordinary members are the people who can do it.

    Delegates to conference in a few days time should thus consider very carefully who they want to select. That can be the starting gun for getting our party back.

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    1. “That can be the starting gun for getting our party back”.

      You sound like the dinosaurs in the Labour Party who rejoiced at the death of New Labour, and then proceeded to drive the party into permanent opposition at Westminster …. and oblivion in Scotland.

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  4. Interesting how today there is a report of William Hill halving the odds to 4/1 on Nicola Sturgeon being gone by the end of the year.

    Seems that there has been a rally of bets on her stepping down. Now as we know such movement in odds reflects effectively the weight of money placed.

    But equally, with Conference coming up, and with more Salmond revelations to be revealed, which revelations will be electoral dynamite, could it be that the bookies may be ahead of the game. Times could be a changing and the FM may no longer be in control of events.

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    1. And how would the “disgrace” of Sturgeon affect support for independence? Oh, I forgot, as a malcontent that is of secondary importance to ridding “your party” of the Sturgeonista.

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  5. I had a Tory MP until Dec 2019. Any replies I got from him would contain assorted blatant lies. My new SNP MP doesn’t reply at all.

    Which is better?

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    1. You’re not the only one who has an SNP MP who doesn’t reply.

      For some of our finest their election has granted them riches beyond what they would ever have earned in their previous employment. A well paid, and for the last couple of elections, a secure sinecure. We’ve certainly hoovered up some troughers.

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    2. What was the tone of your letter Cubby? If it matched the tone of your posts on here, it’s no wonder you didn’t get a reply.

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  6. I don’t have a vote for the NEC candidates but if I did what I’d need in order to vote as I’d want to, would be a simple way to make a reasonably informed choice. This could be achieved by having a matrix, with the candidates names as per the ‘list that Alyn Smith doesn’t like’ in the first column, and then in other columns how each candidate stands on key issues – GRA (Y/N), Hate Bill (Y/N), having a plan B alternative to a Section 30 (Y/N). No doubt a few more would be helpful, but having clarity on relevant issues would at least give a reasonable idea of where each candidate stands on each of them. Candidates could of course lie and reverse their positions later, but if the vetting of their supposed current positions on each of the above could be constructed from their known actions & words to date, it should provide a reasonable checklist and basis on which to vote or at least to narrow down the choice to those sharing your own views.

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  7. Alin and other delegates, I hope you dont mind Iain, the list of recommended candidates has circulated quite widely and I’ve just seen it again in comments in the National. I was getting so fed up with the guff at conference I stopped going. And look what happened when we didnt pay proper attention! Here you go:
    National Treasurer
    Douglas Chapman

    National Secretary
    #1 David Henry
    Morgwn Davies

    Organisation Convener
    Robert Thompson

    Local Government Convener
    Jonathon McColl
    Lynne Anderson

    Policy Development Convener
    Chris Hanlon
    Greame McCormick

    Member Support Convener
    Michael Blackshaw
    Susan Katherine Sanders

    Women’s Convener
    #1 Caroline McAllistair
    Delia Henry
    Susan Katherine Sanders
    Caroline Keenan

    Equalities Convener
    Lynne Anderson

    Disabled Members Convener
    Dylan Roberts
    Scott MacFarlane

    BAME Convener
    Sameeha Rehman

    NEC Parliamentarians
    Joanna Cherry
    Neale Hanvey

    Regional NEC Representatives

    North East Scotland
    Female List
    Dorothy Jessiman
    Kate Monaghan
    Open List
    Dorothy Jessiman
    Ciaran McRae
    Lothians
    Female List
    Catriona MacDonald
    Susan Katherine Sanders
    Lothians – Open List
    Robert De Bold
    Frank Anderson
    Andrew Diack
    Michael Blackshaw
    Brian Lawson
    Susan Katherine Sanders

    South Scotland
    Female List
    Amanda Burgauer
    Corri Wilson
    Open List
    Amanda Burgauer
    Morgwn Davies
    Corri Wilson
    Fraser Thompson
    Simon Ritchie
    William Mills

    Mid Scotland and Fife – Female List
    Allison Graham
    Open List
    Roger Mullin

    West of Scotland –
    Female list
    Ellen McMaster
    Delia Henry
    Open List
    Chris McEleny
    Chris McClusker
    Brian Lawson
    Malcolm Kerr
    Ian Dickson

    Central Scotland –
    Female list
    Lynne Anderson
    Open List
    John Allison
    John Green
    Lynne Anderson

    Highlands and Islands
    Open Lists
    Ian Coburn
    James Duncan
    Will Mackay

    Glasgow
    Open List
    Malcolm Balfour
    Rory Steel

    Conference Committee – Female List
    Joan Hutcheson
    Catriona MacDonald
    Corri Wilson
    Delia Henry
    Conference Committee – Open List
    Chris Hanlon
    Malcolm Balfour
    Munro Ross
    Rory Steel
    Fraser Thompson
    Corri Wilson
    Delia Henry
    Joan Hutcheson

    Policy Development Committee –
    Mid Scotland and Fife – Open List
    Chris Hanlon
    Lothians – Open List
    Tim Rideout
    South Scotland
    Female List
    Cynthia Guthrie
    Open List
    Katie Hagman
    West Scotland
    Colin Milne
    Central Scotland
    Margaret Lynch
    Glasgow
    Rory Steel
    Malcolm Balfour
    Highlands and Islands
    Munro Ross
    Outwith Scotland
    Gordon Millar

    Member Conduct Committee
    Chris Hanlon
    Neale Hanvey
    Cynthia Guthrie
    Delia Henry
    Caroline McAllistair
    Lynne Anderson
    Corri Wilson
    Sharon Kinning
    Kenny MacLaren
    Susan Katherine Sanders
    Ellen McMaster
    Malcolm Balfour

    Appeals Committee
    Amanda Burgauer
    Rod Campbell
    Greg Lennon
    Margaret Lynch
    Lachlan O’Neill
    Robert Thompson
    Last Updated: 2 hrs ago

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  8. There’s a lot of doubling in these lists.
    Don’t know who these people are either.
    What’s the out with Scotland?
    🐼🐼

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    1. Don’t question the list. Just vote for it. A true malcontent doesn’t need to know the why’s and wherefor’s of what they are told to believe. Just accept it, and abuse those who refuse to blindly follow.

      (Not that I know if you fall into the malcontent fold. It’s more of a general comment on the “cult”).

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      1. It sounds like this is the first time you have come across lists for elections for the NEC. They have been around for many decades and are of use due to the wide geographical nature of the electorate. Every “side” uses them. Does that make the entire party malcontent?

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      2. I’m not questioning the use of “Lists” Iain. I was questioning the general nature of “the cult”.

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