NO SUPERMAJORITY ON OUR WATCH
I never thought I would witness an SNP Leader who says she does not want a Supermajority for Independence in the Scottish Parliament, effectively saying she prefers Tory MSP’s and other Unionists to be members of the Scottish Parliament rather than pro Indy MSP’s
That was bad enough but last night she took it up a gear and is now actively arguing AGAINST applying pressure on Boris Johnston to start Independence negotiations in the now likely event that the people of Scotland elect that Supermajority Parliament.
The election is barely a week old. The Tories are in an absolute panic with David Mundell describing the Alba Party as the most dangerous threat they have ever faced in Scotland and amazingly it is Nicola Sturgeon who is trying to block the way. Not Murdo Fraser or Annie Wells…Nicola Sturgeon. Well Nicola and her media allies. Do the BBC know Alba exists, has nobody told them? Public Service Broadcaster bah!
You see Nicola is in shock. Two weeks ago she thought she was untouchable. What she said went. Folk didn’t like it, show them the door. Who cares? They have nowhere to go!
No more, they now have somewhere to go, and they are going in steady numbers. At all levels from Westminster, from the NEC, the equalities and women’s conveners, elected Councillors, former Provosts and Deputy Provosts, CA Chairpersons, office bearers of branches and CA’s all over the country, ordinary members in big numbers.
The big question that is being asked is how many more? It is a question they should be asking? How many more are there, particularly amongst their candidates for this election? How many who secretly oppose the HCB and GRA and will now be able to oppose these measures after the 6th May. In the knowledge that they will be able to join another pro Indy Party in the Parliament if the Thought Police fail to keep them In line. Nicola is going to have to listen from now on. I really hope she is capable of doing so. I have no wish to see the SNP destroyed.
She does not have her problems to seek. Wings has already highlighted other serious financial issues. It must be concerning that the SNP, as yet, has been unable to set out a convincing explanation. The more so when they need money desperately. All the stories about the 1.5 million budget were just that, stories. They are skint.
The leadership have lost control. I was contacted by a SNP MSP yesterday. The purpose of their call? It was to ask me to receive a donation for Alba and could I make it in my name as they couldn’t do it openly.
Another friend, a long standing member of the SNP suggested I have a look at two crowdfunding appeals currently underway for the Edinburgh Central seat. One is being organised by Angus Robertson. It has a target of £10,000. So far it has raised at the time of writing £5360 from 112 supporters. The second candidate, the flamboyant Bonnie Prince Bob who is standing as an Independent also has a target of £10,000 but he has raised so far £7055 from 254 donors. It’s not all bad news for Angus, on this showing nobody is going to nominate him for Party Treasurer! As they say, be grateful for small mercies.
It gives me no pleasure to write about all the problems the SNP are having and I wouldn’t have done so if it wasn’t for the disgusting attacks being made by SNP members. The lies, the smears thrown up at Alex Salmond and invented against others who left to join Alba. People who the previous week were their friends and colleagues who are now outwith the pale because they have decided to put their political faith on another path as they became increasingly disappointed at the failure by the SNP Leadership to stop the increasingly undemocratic behaviour and the fixing of internal elections. For many that was the final straw as they saw their votes discounted in favour of another fix.
It left the Party with the weakest list of candidates on the list in living memory. When given the choice of Kenny MacAskill of Alba or Graham Campbell for the SNP as the alternative candidates on the Lothian list it took many only milliseconds to vote with their feet who they wanted to support. Such a situation should never have arisen but it is entirely, like so much else, the direct responsibility of an out of control NEC. Nobody can say they weren’t warned of the disaster than has now befallen the Party. Entirely self inflicted. Caused by an arrogance and distain for the views and advice of the ordinary membership.
Now there is still time for more sensible tactics to evolve. Alba can help the SNP win more votes, they are already doing so by urging everyone to vote SNP on the constituency ballot. Our leader Alex Salmond steadfastly refuses to engage in any personal argument with Nicola, no matter the foolish provocation she has attempted. It is for others to advise her on whom such actions are damaging. She is revealing a side of her character that had been well hidden until now. Believe me, it is not a good look.
Many SNP members are now openly saying they intend to vote Alba on the list rather than elect Unionists by wasting their list vote for the SNP in regions where they know they will never be counted to elect a single list MSP. They will be divided by the electoral system until they become meaningless. Many more are planning to do so secretly for the same reasons.
Sooner or later the Yes side, for the benefit of our country and our Independence will have to unite. I would prefer it to happen sooner rather than later. The SNP leadership may be feeling a bit bruised at what has happened. Time or a change of leader will solve that, either way, irrespective of the personalities we should all try to Unite the Yes and secure the best victory for Independence both Parties can possibly manage.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland.
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