A guest article from Joan Hutchison.
In response to Graeme, I left the SNP after being an activist for many years and a national committee member. The National Secretary refused to allow my committee to meet on account of it containing a majority of reformers.
Douglas Chapman himself resigned as Treasurer, I am advised, because the financial committee of which he was a member, were refused permission by Nicola Sturgeon’s husband to see the accounts. In fact the whole committee resigned! And we saw Joanna Cherry QC replaced as Justice Spokesperson by a failed drama student. So far so normal for organisations run by cults of personality. The leaders surround themselves with mediocrities. Especially those who suffer imposter syndrome and can’t thole talented advisers.
My experience is that the SNP is no longer fit for purpose and most likely has been heavily infiltrated by the British State. Infiltration is not new. the SNP has experienced it for decades, but the British State has intensified its efforts and achieved success in my view since the scare that it experienced in 2014.
I could list the many failures of the SNP in raising consciousness among Scots of their exploitation by England. The failure to expose the fallacy of GERS benefiting Scotland on public platforms such as BBC Question Time and Debate Night. The absence of examples being given, such as how we are charged by GERS for English infrastructure but not accorded a portion of taxation income accrued from then. The list of our assets that have and are being stripped is lengthy. The psychological ‘Jockholm ’ syndrome brainwashing of Scots into thinking they are too wee, too poor etc. is historic and continuing. All of this is rarely if ever exposed by New SNP.
The lack of civil service and parliamentary resources invested in independence contrasts with those invested in promoting ‘queer theory.’ Where is our household booklet by the Scottish Govt on the need for de-colonisation?
Other examples, internally to the Party the abolition of National Council and cessation of scrutiny by members, the changes to rules by sleight of hand during a quiet break-out group at conference in 2019, the putting a male onto a ‘women only’ list for Holyrood in Stirling. And the selection of Holyrood candidates on a basis that was counter to legal advice.
All in all, the dismantling of a political party’s focus on its primary goal. As Professor Baird says, it is consistent with colonial theory and experience for the so called national party to become a collaborator with the coloniser.
Even symbolically – lowering our national flag at British State instruction during COP26 – what a message to the international community! The action of a regional not a national government.
Five thousand of the SNP’s most active and aware members left the Party to join Alba which now has around 7,000 members within less than two years of its existence. Others have joined alternative new indy parties.
At a recent Council election hustings, SNP activists told me that they were giving Nicola a last chance to deliver a referendum or they were leaving. I suspect that she has been dragged by the heels into making a show of pursuing independence, albeit by the weakest routes possible. I don’t need to reprise the weaknesses. Others have set them out thoroughly.
Rejoin the SNP..Let me think!
I thank Joan for this article which reflects the experience of many ex SNP members who were deeply involved in the Party over many years but witnessed what was happening under the Murrells and the moves to destroy internal party democracy which effectively left them with no say in what was happening. In the lead up to this year’s SNP Conference I will be publishing the stories of people both within and outwith the Party who recognise the need for massive change as they warn the SNP that they face the entire destruction of the membership base of the Party.
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