Pete’s promised a devastating attack on Alex Salmond and the Alba Party. It was so good I have reproduced most of it here as a special treat for him opening it up to a much bigger audience that his blog normally attracts. Oh and I have added in bold some observations on his content.

‘Just pronounce the bloody name properly……’ was my first reaction to the chaotic launch of Alex Salmond’s Alba Party. I could just about forgive the multiple technical difficulties, the questions we couldn’t hear and the awkward empty silences, but getting the Gaelic name of our nation wrong, particularly when you had just appropriated it? Come on….

Finger on the pulse Pete, another pro Indy Party emerges on the scene. Experienced Pete quickly narrows down to the key danger. How the name is pronounced! There is no fooling you Pete, a lot of folk might have missed that.

But the moment when I knew this enterprise was doomed from the very start was when the words ‘we now go over to the blogger community’ was uttered, and up appeared the ominous silent presence of Wings Over Scotland’s, Stuart Campbell. From that point on I knew that no credibility could be bestowed on this mission and nothing could be done to make this a popular exercise that would in any way chime with the general public. In the course of the past couple of weeks Alba has not so much risen like the phoenix but fizzled out like a haphazard Catherine wheel at a firework show that no one wanted to go to.

Once again Pete can see by the evidence, Wings gets well over 1 million views a month but Pete has the uncanny ability to rule this out as irrelevant as a mere million views is not “chiming with the General public” No said Cosy Slippers clutching to his tiny fraction of that readership, he is in tune with the public mood, nobody else. Delusional or what?

Here was Alex, back and unrepentant talking about a ‘super majority’ just like the good old days. You could almost just about believe it. The references to romantic nationalism were designed to stir the loins and imagined claymores were being picked up to do gory battle on every regional list in Scotland. 

The thing with a new independence party is that only Alex could give this enterprise any sense of credibility, whilst at the same time, only Alex could ensure that it was doomed from the very start. 

Says the man who contested election after election under his leadership. How times change. I just want Alex to know being responsible for Cosy Slippers election all those years ago, while a blot on his record, is now others responsibility.

His decades of leadership, his singular efforts at the last referendum, his chutzpah and political skills made him the only possible candidate for the job. But negative ratings worse than Boris Johnson’s and a failure to acknowledge his many failings brought up in his trial meant only he could ensure it would go absolutely nowhere. 

How blithely he ignores the responsibility of many in the SNP for that reputational damage,, those senior SNP figures amongst the alphabet women, his own leader’s cowardly and incessant smearing whilst hiding behind a ban on him being given the opportunity of reply OR defend in the TV debates. Judge Pete puts himself above a Scottish jury. Judge Pete knows best

And this ‘super majority’ is a typically brilliant Alex concept. I mean who wouldn’t want a majority that was ‘super’? Ending ‘wasted’ list votes and the promise of claiming unionist scalps? What’s not to like about that? Only, of course, it is absolute bollocks. Unable to define what a ‘super majority’ actually means it has come across as a ‘vote for Alex’ vendetta. This doesn’t have the look of a great political breakthrough but has all the hallmarks of a tired and much diminished political figure wanting his ego fed with a dish of revenge, served cold. 

He asks the question about who wouldn’t want a supermajority but omits to mention that his leader Nicola Sturgeon has made very clear she doesn’t. Be careful Pete she won’t be happy about you questioning her sanity? The latter part of this paragraph was delivered by Pete on his knees praying that for once he is calling the election correctly. Few would rate Pete’s forecasting ability but I will happily take a bet from him if he truly believes Alba will not win any seats. How about a £1000 quid Pete, sound good to you?

Now I have cut out a couple of paragraphs from Pete’s original because it is meaningless waffle which if I am honest sounds stupid enough without me adding any ridicule.

But there are other things wrong with Alba that is deeply troubling and that brings us back to our friends the ‘bloggers’. These people have been brought in to spread the message and to provide the intellectual and ideological heft to Alba’s appeal. Alex is used to being interviewed at election time by Paxman, Neil and Marr, now he is being interviewed by ‘Jeggit’ and ‘Barrhead Boy’. It is the damage that is done to the credibility of the whole movement by exposing the worst excesses of ‘Yes’ Twitter on to the general population. It is their innate ability to put people off the whole idea of independence that is being unleashed beyond the realms of where it can be safely contained.

What a political snob Pete is. Barrhead Boy or Jeggit know more about Scottish politics than his three Brit heroes added together. What’s more they are firmly behind Scotland’s bid for Independence, rather than enriching themselves by being on the Brit payroll of the BBC. You can see why we all treat Cosy Slippers as a lightweight, a tamed serf of the British Establishment. In awe of these people. You seem to lack the radical spirit Pete to win through for Scotland. You have been tamed if there was any fighting spirit there in the first place. You have become the House Jock.

The bloggers and their followers are also full on ‘raging against the woke’ social conservatives and their obsessions have to be satisfied. So it’s straight to ‘women’s rights’ and a full assault on the ‘hated’ GRA, progressive equality policies and anything designed to make the lives of trans people just that little bit more tolerable. 

Inevitably we were left with the appalling and absurd contention that the Scottish Government supports the idea of lowering the age of consent to 10 years old with the associated smears that the LGBT+ community is aligned to underage sex and paedophilia. The creation and propagation of the ‘predator’ is a trope as old as the hills but here was Alba heading down that rabbit hole within a political minute of it being formed. We now eagerly await the policy announcements on defence, foreign policy and the economy, with baited breath

Here we have the loyal blind Pete, who never questions why the Hate Crime Bill or GRA never ever got aired at an SNP conference, that were never approved by a SNP Conference. Pete there is a reason for this, neither would have had any prospect of success at Conference. They would have been rejected. Nicola knew that, clearly you didn’t. What does that tell you? It tells me the SNP have abandoned Women’s Rights in favour of a tiny, vocal, vicious minority. It is hugely irresponsible Pete and it will cost you a lot of votes

I have always believed that another party would come along to accommodate those in the SNP unhappy at progress towards independence and determined to pursue an agenda around their own social conservative values. It has now arrived and we will soon see just how much of a public appetite there is for plebiscites, UDIs combined with a ‘war on woke’. Currently Alba is on about 2 to 3% in the opinion polls and heading not so much for a ‘super majority’ but for zero MSPs. In forming they might even have done the SNP a favour in helping to clear out those who have done nothing other than criticise and depress the party with endless cynicism and negativity from within. They can now knock themselves out with dreams about ‘negotiating independence within a week’ whilst we get on with securing that referendum, winning it and seeing our nation emerge as an independent country. 

Alba is soon going to find that the real world is significantly different to the weird alternative reality  found on the Twitter accounts of their house bloggers. What they will find is that the general public like and approve of the SNP, and trust us to lead our nation to independence. 

Pete when I joined the SNP in 1986, they were at 12% in the polls, with 2 MP’s, very few councillors and a membership not a million miles from where ALBA is today. They had been going for over FIFTY YEARS! ALBA has been in existence just over two weeks, it already has more members than the Lib Dems, more elected councillors than the Greens, twice the Westminster representation of Scottish Labour and I am sure they will be represented in Holyrood after the 6th May. I suspect, if you were honest you would think that as well. If you don’t I am sure you will want to take me up on my bet offer. We can do it secretly if you don’t want Nicola to know.

Finally Pete, your opponents reprinting your “devastating attack on Alex and the Alba Party” on their own blog pages maybe suggests it might not have been the devastating attack you thought it was. What do we know eh?

I am, as always

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  1. Pushing the “unrepentant Alex” line again. Yawn. They must get told to do this at every opportunity by SNP HQ.

    If Pete has got some info that the female judge and predominantly female jury didn’t hear then he should man up and come out with it. (I’d ask him myself but he blocked me on Twitter a while back.)

    How did it come to this, that the SNP are now Better Together Mark 2?

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  2. Although no longer an SNP member I’ve been to 6 conferences Glasgow 3, Edinburgh 1, Aberdeen 2 and to the best of my recollection I’ve never seen Pete Wishart at any of them. So glad he’s in touch with the wider membership.

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      1. An excellent comment. Peripheral Pete should be his user name. I remember him when he was in Runrig and a lot of people would have too. However, he has appeared again after a number of years of silence and I would have advised him to keep quiet as quite a lot of people read these blogs. However, it is too late and his public image is slipping away.

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  3. CosySlippersPete proves how effective the Westminster absorption system is. They arrive to fight for their Nation. They get a ribbon and coat hook for their sword (little touches). They form little cliques in bars and committees etc etc Nice Pension, good expenses, ego stroked and eventually they FORGET why they were elected. They FORGET who elected them.

    “Settle Up NOT settle in”

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  4. Wishart’s total lack of any concern whatsoever for the opinions, feelings and above all safety of women is extremely disturbing and echoes the dismissive and insulting attitude of the whole party.

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  5. “We now eagerly await the policy announcements on defence, foreign policy and the economy, with baited breath”

    I’m sure you do Pete, I’m sure your breath is baited but what with I ask? I personally am waiting with bated breath since I’m not planning on going fishing. Though he can go fish if he thinks I’m voting SNP on the list or at this rate the constituency (mine currently Unionist held!).

    “progressive equality policies and anything designed to make the lives of trans people just that little bit more tolerable.”

    A laudable aim. Unless of course it comes at the expense of making women’s lives a damn sight less tolerable, in which case not so much. Women are 52% of the population and unfortunately for your faux progressive policies, we actually have a vote. If you don’t respect my sex, don’t expect my X.

    “What they will find is that the general public like and approve of the SNP, and trust us to lead our nation to independence. ”

    More fool them since your party has heehaw intention of ever delivering that independence. They don’t call you Pension Pete for nothing. Neale Hanvey tweeted today that mentioning indy had some of his colleagues looking at him like he’d farted in a lift. He put it slightly more delicately. But the New SNP are taking us for fools, much like Labour who will be delivering that home rule and abolishing the House of Lords any century now.

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  6. “But there are other things wrong with Alba that is deeply troubling and that brings us back to our friends the ‘bloggers’. These people have been brought in to spread the message and to provide the intellectual and ideological heft to Alba’s appeal. Alex is used to being interviewed at election time by Paxman, Neil and Marr, now he is being interviewed by ‘Jeggit’ and ‘Barrhead Boy’. ”

    Says the man who was a keyboard player of a band. You have to laugh at the audacity of the man who believes he’s intellectually superior to bloggers. The fact he wrote that shows he really, really isn’t. LOL!

    The whole thing is just a defensive cover to hide his fear that people are angry & aren’t going to vote SNP if they can help it, in spite of Alex calling SNP1/ALBA2. But I doubt he even has the wit to realise that. He is brazening it out like a child, hitting out at everyone he fears, like the bully he is. He needs to hit out at ALBA first because he knows after the election he won’t be able to just laugh the party off. So hit now & run while he has everyone blocked. That’s his style – as crooked & nasty as his leader’s.

    Ah well… three & a bit weeks & we’ll see what the voters think & say.

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  7. Maybe you ask him how many meetings about independence have the Westminster SNP group conducted since the 2019 election?
    According to Neale Hanvey the sum total is one and even from that no actions were agreed.

    The SNP should rebrand as the SDP. D for devolution.

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  8. a tamed serf of the British Establishment.

    Hee, hee. Liked that.

    He lives in Scone. I’m seriously hoping I’m out should he and his pal Swinney come looking for votes. I will NEVER vote for him again, not even for Alex.

    I think its very unlikely I will be able to hold my nose and vote SNP1 – John Swinney. I’m holding out to nearer the time, for some polling info. The only thing that will make me do so is in order to max the Alba vote.

    The SNP are the seriously nasty party for me now. A danger to children, to freedom of speech, to justice and womans rights. And you can’t trust them with money, their own, or the taxpayers.

    They are now so bad, they make the tories look mild in comparison. At least the ones in Scotland. And I have never supported the tories.

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    1. Swinney’s alright. He’s always out and about in the local shops, jogging etc and has been in my village a couple of times canvassing and goes to YES marches etc Slippers Pete he aint.

      I have to say though I think he could gave tamed down the sycophantic adulation of our glorious leader Nicola in his election pamphlet!

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  9. I await with interest and I’ll probably need some patience for Pete’s devastating
    attack on th e Tories or maybe Labour or even Lib Dums, our real enemies!

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  10. Good analysis of Wishart’s drivel, you’d think he’d be glad another indy party has came upon the the scene to help the indy cause. But not Wishart, he is anything but happy, here’s a man that’s settled in at Westminster, so much so that he even wants to be the Speaker of the House, Wishart isn’t really interested in Scottish independence, as are most of the SNP MPs at Westminster, like him they’re careerists always attempting to climb up the greasy pole of advancement at Scotland’s cost.

    If we’re still trapped in this union when the next GE comes around I sincerely hope Wishart is not reelected, infact I’m struggling to think of any SNP MP I’d like to see reelected come the next GE, maybe Joanna Cherry if she’s not been axed by then.

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    1. “Wishart isn’t really interested in Scottish independence, as are most of the SNP MPs at Westminster, like him they’re careerists always attempting to climb up the greasy pole of advancement at Scotland’s cost.”

      ‘House Jocks’ about nails it for SNP parliamentarians masquerading as nationalists. Or ‘imposters’, as Bonnie Price Bob suggested.

      As Frantz Fanon said, the pampered bourgeoisie elite in a dominant national party makes its own “accommodation with colonialism”. This is what we see with SNP parliamentarians.

      Which as we also see, the political inertia leads to the creation of new and more serious national parties led by those who are not primarily motivated by colonial pensions and status, and which the mass of the independence movement will follow.

      As for bloggers, in this new era they are our intellectuals, whilst what remains of the bought and paid for British msm (and academia) is anything but.

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  11. Just reading this HOUSE JOCK’S rantings gives me the boak , it shows just how stupid and ineffectual this cretin is when he openly boasts about his 20 odd years in WM not realising that the SNP’s supposed goal was to NOT be in WM . But there again that suits wishart because his pension is more important than Scotland’s independence and that is why he aligns with sturgeon’s devolution infinity

    Also this toom tabards denigration , demeaning and contempt of genuine REAL independence supporters outlines the absolute necessity to have an effective and real RECALL LAW in our constitution to ensure MORONS like this are ousted when they treat their paymasters (US) with contempt

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  12. “Ye see yon birkie, ca’d a lord,
    Wha struts, an’ stares, an’ a’ that;
    Tho’ hundreds worship at his word,
    He’s but a coof for a’ that:
    For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
    His ribband, star, an’ a’ that:
    The man o’ independent mind
    He looks an’ laughs at a’ that.”

    Posted without comment:

    Who could better that?

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  13. “It is the damage that is done to the credibility of the whole movement by exposing the worst excesses of ‘Yes’ Twitter on to the general population.” Aye you got me there Pete; and there was me thinking the Twitler Youth were a fully fledged wing of your party, those wonderful and erudite youngsters under the control of the likes of Daddy Bear and Mammoth Whale. That must be the worst excess of Yes Twitter to which you refer. No, you mean you have more…

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  14. The references to romantic nationalism were designed to stir the loins and imagined claymores were being picked up to do gory battle on every regional list in Scotland. Said the Gravy trainer,

    The same gravy trainer said in 2014 ” Wishart confidently predicted that Alex Salmond would beat Alistair Darling in a televised debate about Scottish independence, telling journalists that “the slaughter will be worse than the Bannockburn re-enactment”.

    Wishart has pocketed well over a million pounds from Westminster and if you add in expense’s and perks its closer to two million !! and done very very little to further the course of Independence what he was elected to do. Adding for good measure ” that because voters were “weary of constitutional change” there should be no second referendum on Scottish independence for that parliament, ”

    Wishart is well know for his immature behavior on social media but since Alba came on the scene its gone from Childish to infantile.

    And Runrig became much better after he left as he was a shite keyboard player,

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  15. Good Lord, this is the man who is the MP for Perth!

    Superficial and absolutely infantile in his hectoring he certainly comes across as an individual with limited intellectual capabilities. And an individual who certainly doesn’t do mature discussion and debate.

    Heavens forbid that he would ever have been considered for the Speaker of the House of Commons job that he so dearly wanted. The more articulate and cerebral members of that place would have eaten him alive. He wouldn’t have known if he was coming or going.

    But in ranting off at the mouth, name calling, cat calling, our man has found his station. Not sure however if the voters will agree next time they head to the polls. But for the present he can continue to play the clown safe in the knowledge that he’s got nearly four years to the next election – unless heaven forbid, Scotland withdraws the cosy toes ( Plural ) from their well paid sinecures.

    Crikey, and I can just imagine him in the House of Lards. Now that would suit him even better.

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  16. Camoan Iain ! a £1,000 bet. That will hardly pay for Pete’s dinner in his favourite Michelin star restaurant in the Shard. Make it £2,000

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  17. If the British (and SNP) establishments are so sure of Alex Salmond’s lack of voter appeal, why do they go out of their way to downplay the Alba threat to their cosy set-up and why to they prevent the man appearing on televised debates? Something doesn’t quite add up here. Either Salmond is a spent force and should be shown to be such, or he remains a tour de force that absolutely terrifies the British and SNP establishments. So which is it? Can’t be both. 🙂

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  18. Peeferin Pete’s sleekit complacency is there for all to see. Pete’s backside is now firmly glued to the self-important benches of the British nationalist establishment in Westminster.

    He has two preoccupations in life: the reinstated SNP dream of ennoblement and the fear of Scotland’s independence.

    Peeferin Pete is now officially vile.

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  19. You have to wonder if people like Pishfart ever really wanted Independence. Anyone involved with or voting for Yes in 2014 in any capacity at all, was swept away on a tide of passion that hasn’t diminished one bit. Yet people like him and the SNP’s other “big” gobshites of today seem to have missed it completely. Were they sleeping? Did they think we were kidding? Do they think we didn’t know what we were voting for? We’re they just there for the lolz and brown envelopes?

    The fact they now denounce us as though we’re an embarrassment says everything Yes needs to know about the SNP today. Loyal House Jock’s indeed. I hope in the quiet of night they lay there ashamed of themselves.

    PS: Fantastic blog Iain. As informative as Wings is but much less “tarnished” by the SNP/MSM, and thus so much easier to get friends/colleagues to agree to reading about these issues we face. Thanks for all your efforts!

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  20. Wishart is a despicable turncoat…a suitable successor to the parcel ‘o rogues that sold us down the river three centuries ago. It’s truly remarkable when we get an SNP MP sneering at ‘nationalists’ by referencing Britnat tropes of ‘Braveheart’ images with ‘imagined claymores’. Yes Pete, imagine Scotland’s history being one of bloody struggle against English domination…how ludicrous is that?

    I’ll tell you what is really ludicrous: a snivelling, supine and terminally stupid waste of space masquerading as a representative of Scottish aspirations to sovereignty, whilst sucking on his master’s teats in the Westminster trough. The abiding image is the photo pf Wishart posing with Perthshire landowners on the very day Sturgeon and Blackford capitulated our right to remain in the EU. His gormless and glaikit expression and complete indifference to what was happening that day, week and century : that of Scotland’s sovereign will being trampled into the mud by his real bosses, the British State.

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  21. Pension Pete is more worried about who will replace him on keyboard in the Westminster houseband than Scottish Independence.That might be laughable but he is intent on dragging Swinney down with him.

    It’s time for Slippers to go..

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  22. Your descriptions of Wishart reminds me of our own MP in Clydebank. Martin Docherty is good at posturing but has done little else except buy a big house in Ayrshire to share with his partner, miles away from his constituency. Careerism and self-enrichment are what drives these people on, nothing else.

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