Saturday, March 26, 2011

Edinburgh Tory Councillor Iain Whyte drops out of the race for Maryhill and Springburn, he realises carpetbaggers and non Glaswegians unelectable

Dear All

It all it is hard being a Tory in Scotland, everyone hates you.

The public can be quite forgiving but mention you’re a Tory and they will have no truck with you.

Edinburgh Carpetbagger Iain Whyte dropped out of the race for Maryhill and Springburn in Glasgow.

He is the second Conservative candidate for the Scottish elections in a week which has seen the Tory Campaign flounder.

Whyte’s chance of success in Mayhill and Springburn was incredibly poor, this is a seat which I have studied in some detail.

When I was a boy, I was brought up in Maryhill so have a fair idea of the mentality of the people. It isn’t a Labour Party stronghold for nothing, add to it diehard Labour in Springburn and the new seat is a tough nut to crack.

Edinburgh councillor Iain Whyte never stood a chance.

So, after a rethink, he has decided to bail.

A Tory spokesman said Mr Whyte had stepped down because of new rules which could have cost him his current position on Lothian Health Board.

He added:

"Changes to the selection system on Lothian Health Board meant Iain unfortunately had to reconsider his position and stand down as a candidate in Glasgow."

And chances are the Health Board is a stepping stone to better things, Maryhill and Springburn Candidacy isn’t.

So, who is the one to beat?

Labour Candidate Patricia Ferguson is the clear favourite with the Labour Party winning every first past the post General Election since 1999.

If you logically think about it is spending 7 weeks pounding the pavements and getting a few minutes of air time on the podium worth the effort?


Not when you consider that the party hasn’t done any work in the area whatsoever!

Not when no one knows you.

And not when you’re not Glaswegian born and bred.

Carpetbaggers not welcome; the message of 2011 to Holyrood's Maryhill and Springburn MSP Candidates.

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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