I’d like to thank some of the more reasoned people who have visited this site and left comments. It was said that the SNP’s actions on dealing with this are of the “move along, nothing to see here” variety, and I’d agree. This strategy is common to all political parties: ignore as long as possible, make an appearance to do something if the press are sniffing around, and only actually take action when it goes into print. I am probably at stage 2 of that process just now, and don’t see it going much further, which is strange when you see some of the things that do make it into the press, such as a misplaced comma in a tweet or the like.
What should be apparent to those who are willing to cast a critical eye over all things SNP is that all the most effective attacks on individuals seem not to be coming from their political opponents, who are simply too uninformed and uncoordinated, but from within. The infighting over positions of power or influence in what is now the Establishment in Scotland is shameful. The vision of a party working towards independence has been lost, replaced by a party looking to govern Scotland long term. The SNP, in the absence of a credible opposition have taken on the role themselves.
“Andy Doig was temporarily removed from the organisation after a private e-mail was leaked to HQ.”
“This morning I received, anonymously, through the post a photocopied newspaper clipping of an exclusive Scottish Sun on Sunday story by Russell Findlay (June 22, 2014, pg 14). Seconded class stamped (cheapo) and my address sticky labelled on, with half the post code missing.
I have my suspects, chiefly two SNP Coatbridge Councillors who would know my abode but perhaps not my full address details. “
“A POLITICAL row has erupted amid claims a majority of the members of the executive of the Loch Ness SNP branch have resigned over the selection process for MP Drew Hendry’s vacant seat.
It comes after leaked emails were sent to The Inverness Courier”
“Like SNP branches all over the country, Uddingston and Bellshill was on the crest of a wave just a few short weeks ago.
Membership had increased sharply since September’s independence referendum and members were celebrating general election success in all four of the constituencies in the area.
However, angry scenes at last month’s branch meeting have resulted in a serious fallout between two leading figures with one of them, Councillor David Baird, being reported to SNP headquarters in Edinburgh.”
I have previously mentioned SNP HQ’s tactic of ignoring concerns. Had they the will to do so they could resolve many of the problems brought to them by dealing with them as openly and honestly as possible within their internal system. Instead they ignore them and allow them to fester, which either helps their opposition or empire builders in the party.
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
“I wanted some reassurance from the party, but they completely ignored my complaint. They asked for the original e-mail and then I had no further response.”
Ms Jin went on: “At least they could have contacted me to say that this is being dealt with. I just feel isolated. They are trying to shove it under the carpet. If the party knows about it and they don’t take any action, how can they prove that they are not discriminating?”
MOTHERWELL & WISHAW
“In his resignation letter Mr Taggart said: “The reason behind my resignation is that I feel that democracy within our party is under serious threat, when HQ in Edinburgh decided to refuse to reveal the breakdown of the votes cast for each candidate involved in the Westminster ballot for the Motherwell and Wishaw Westminster candidacy.”
I am committed to an independent Scotland. But that does not mean blind, unquestioning obedience to the SNP. For those who joined the SNP to continue the Yes movement I would ask if the above in any way reflects the ideals you had of politics in an independent Scotland. And if it doesn’t then what the hell are you going to do about it?