Hearing people talk rubbish can be a lot of fun, in my political life I have met many people in the Scottish National Party who talk crap, although this generally isn’t a problem in conversations, it can be a serious problem in leadership terms.
To give a classic example of the art, Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond was talking out his political arse and lying his head off because he thought he could get away it, because the SNP is run as a one man band ‘in terms of the debate’.
Salmond believed his own hype that with a daft look, a smile on his face, a balloon and some wee flags for the kids, he would win independence. His sales pitch was ‘I’m your pal, trust me, everything will be milk and honey’.
I want you to imagine for a moment what the Scottish Independence campaign would have looked like if there had been major changes such as ‘telling the truth’, ‘having a plan’, ‘removing the malcontent elements who ran an anti English hate campaign’, ‘having an inclusive campaign’ and ‘proper education’. When I talk about proper education, I am not talking about the shit being pumped out by the Allison Hunter Training School; we all know how that turned out on the 18th September 2014.
Angela Constance it appears recognises none of these defects listed above which are all pretty important, instead she goes off at a tangent talking about women and non Scots which are a symptom of all of the above. It is a bit like recognising someone coughing but failing to recognise the chest infection is the cause.
In politics, you should as much as possible learn from other people’s mistakes, after all why keep doing something that is wrong. Recently I read the Labour Party had started the process of doing a post mortem of the poor Glasgow Labour result. The failure of losing every single area in Glasgow which where previously Labour strongholds will give them food for thought. And they have several problems to address from top to bottom. I should point out, I flagged up to BT and others these problems for quite some considerable time, the BT campaign towards the end did improve to their credit. I didn’t take much interest in the Labour Party campaign outside the indyref express and Jim Murphy tour, however I did attend some of Gordon Brown’s speeches which were excellent, that surprised me. It is a pity that he couldn’t have been like that while in Number 10, but sometimes like in football, he had a bad team around him which also brought him down.
If you take the Pollok result which was Yes on 26,807 votes, and No on 22, 956 votes, you can see that Yes had 3,851 more votes. In previous posts, I have highlighted the need to understand ‘the political economy’, so what is the political economy, this is made up of people, money and resources. People and money are self evident, resources includes everything else which is the plan, materials and concepts used. When you understand that you can draw up an overview when you know what you have to work with. There is no point in having ideas if you cannot execute them due to a lack of understanding or experience.
In the Pollok constituency, the Yes mob had in excess of 40 plus bodies, Better Together had on average between 3 to 6 people. When you look this and compare the numbers of votes, you can clearly see that Better Together got a better ratio of votes to activists than the Yes mob.
How was this achieved?
I was asked to give an assessment by the Better Together organiser of how Pollok should be tackled as an area. So, being an experienced campaigner, I laid out an alternative vision on campaigning which was adopted for the rest of the campaign. It took 40 plus people by the SNP Organiser Chris Stephens to get 3,851 votes more than BT. Certain areas were scrapped and certain activities were cancelled by Pollok BT, additional workdays were introduced and new people were brought in with professional knowledge which was transferable to the political environment. The core team was expanded and results seemed to keep the BT HQ staff happy. They were also effectively shut out of decision making in Pollok. When you understand the political economy, you can craft a campaign that works while retaining the flexibility to accommodate additional information to the core plan.
Alex Salmond is stepping down, he lost; he took the petted lip, and is out of the political game, he is yesterday’s man. He isn’t leaving politics, when unpopular Nicola Sturgeon becomes leader, people will be looking over her shoulder to Salmond sitting up the back when she makes a decision. Now that Sturgeon is taking over the First Minister with guaranteed Wimbledon tennis tickets secured, the SNP will become a ‘home rule party’.
There will exist a need for a new deputy SNP leader, the candidates are transport minister Keith Brown MSP, SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie MP and Angela Constance. But, the fact of the matter is, the entire SNP clique is so tainted by this failure, so this isn’t ‘new blood’ or anything close to it, its musical chairs within the SNP.
Who should be SNP Deputy Leader?
Brown and Constance are very much dull uninspiring people who aren’t able to lead anyone anywhere.
Constance’s pitch for Deputy Leader is that she says she knows how the YES campaign lost the _referendum. Her take is that it failed to attract key groups of voters including women and “non-native” Scots.
Well, what can you say to that?
It’s bullshit, there is no such thing as “non-native” Scots. To say Constance is a lightweight is an understatement. In what is will be soon to be legend on toilet walls, she said SNP must acknowledge the “shortcomings” of the campaign which is also meaningless pap. With Sturgeon more or less ruling out independence with a ‘not anytime soon strategy’, Constance says independence must remain at the heart of party strategy.
Brown and Hosie take a view that the SNP need to work with the Smith Commission on greater devolution for Holyrood. To clarify a point, the Smith Commission is seen by some to having already ‘got a plan’, as we know this is ‘just a show’, which is Westminster agreeing to hand over various functions in advance of anything proposed or asked for. Expect a lot of talk as the SNP try to do a ‘standing up for Scotland’ number along with the Scottish Greens. Why are the Greens there, they are there to make up the numbers and drag out the process as being meaningful, if we could fast forward from the blah blah blah bit we could have something to analyse.
“My campaign is essentially all about independence and how we continue to campaign with head, heart and soul.”
Is Constance really trying to position herself as an ‘independence champion’?
In putting herself forward, she has also put herself back by saying she ruled herself out as Deputy First Minister.
Which begs the question why apply in the first place?
Given the lack of talent in the SNP, does this mean that John Swinney would be appointed Deputy First Minister in the event of Stewart Hosie not becoming deputy SNP leader as to try and keep Dundee SNP onboard?
What should have happened when Alex Salmond stepped down was that John Swinney should have declared his intention to stand as SNP leader. Instead the SNP is to get unpopular Nicola Sturgeon to lead them into the political desert to die. Sturgeon isn’t leading anyone anyway except around in circles, year in year out, expect to see Sturgeon sitting in the Royal box at Wimbledon while spouting rubbish about being a ‘social justice champion’.
In case you don’t understand how the Sturgeon clan operate, Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrell pull in jointly over £200,000 a year plus fighting for the poor and disadvantaged.
Each year, the poorest have seen their situation getting worse. Nicola Sturgeon ‘represents’ Glasgow Southside, within it there is a place called Govanhill, it is an utter shithole akin to a ghetto.
But let’s get it right, Nicola doesn’t live there, she has her lovely expensive home over in the East end of Glasgow.
The Scottish National Party isn’t a party of fairness, equality and social justice. As I said previously, if you are a white working class and heterosexual you are shit out of luck dealing with the Sturgeon Empire.
The era of tokenism will be starting shortly!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University