WHY YOU NEED TO VOTE
I know there are many people finding it hard to motivate themselves to go out and vote. Hopefully they are all located in wards where there is no Alba or ISP candidate standing. Even in those wards however I would urge you to vote, even if it’s just to spoil your paper. You can still send a message doing that. Staying home solves nothing.
Obviously in the 30% of wards where an Alba or ISP candidate is standing I hope you will give them your support. They deserve it. Alba is a very young Party, just over a year old. It has done well to build its membership and it is no mean feat to field well over a hundred candidates right across the whole country.
They have a good message, their five point plan is easily the most positive, constructive and pro Indy plan on offer on Thursday and deserves support.
How will Alba do? Well that is difficult to answer they have been studiously ignored by the MSM. THAT OF COURSE IS THE BEST SIGNAL THAT THEY ARE WORTH SUPPORTING. I would worry if Unionist newspapers were writing all sorts of promotional articles about a pro Indy Party. What do you think Nicola? Are you getting value for the millions of pounds of taxpayers money you invested in keeping them sweet?
I hope to see the Alba vote increase. To calculate whether that has happened or not it will be necessary to calculate the vote only in the wards where they are fielding a candidate so as a rough guide you can take their total vote then divide it by 30 then multiply it by 100. I mention this because it’s a dead certainty none of the mainstream media will be doing so. Alba suppression on behalf of the Union and the kid on Indy Leadership in the SNP are their allies.
Some things to remember
1. In the mid 1980’s the SNP membership was not a lot larger than Alba’s today
2.It took the SNP, eleven years to win its first seat, which they only held for a few months
3. It took a further twenty two years before they won another
4. The Alba Party is just over a year old.
I congratulate every Alba and ISP CANDIDATE in advance and likewise I have nothing but praise for those volunteers who have worked hard to get their message out to the electorate. It can be hard work, the more so when you are still trying to be known and accepted as a serious Party. It will take time but there are no shortcuts, especially when the media are so determined to be hostile, but console yourself in the knowledge that many of your political rivals recognise the potential danger you represent and will all be hoping you make no progress.
Think, and this comes from my personal experience. I remember the years when progress was slow, there were times when there were reverses but we were dogged and determined. We would not go away. Eventually we started making progress and it was all the sweeter for the disappointments and challenges we had faced along the road.
I hope it’s not long before you share those happy moments and if it’s sooner rather than later then that would be acceptable as well.
Good luck to all true and honest Indy candidates on Thursday.
I am, as always,
Yours for Scotland
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