It seems the culture of intimidation by Scottish National Party members which has developed over many years within the party to silence dissent is now being rolled out across Scotland.
During the Better Together campaign events, the Yes side would turn up at locations and film women, another part of the tactics was also to engage Better Together activists in conversations which the sole purpose was to disrupt them speaking to the public.
At the Silverburn Centre, I witnessed first hand how the Yes squad which had SNP Candidate Chris Stephens among their numbers began filming or photographing BT women. The SNP Candidate Chris Stephens was later removed by the Silverburn security staff.
It was a rather nasty episode as the woman filmed felt vulnerable. SNP Candidate Chris Stephens never put a stop to it, in much the same way; he never put a stop to Shona McAlpine who works for publicly unelectable SNP list MSP Humza Yousaf abusing an Asian man during the Pollok SNP selection meeting.
What no one knows is why the Nationalists are filming women in the first place and what they do with the footage.
Intimidation tactics are now becoming widespread in the Westminster 2015 election, such behaviour previously unheard of is becoming the Nationalists stock in trade. Now, people are openly speaking out about how the tactics of fascism are being played out in Scottish politics.
In Glasgow, there is a really vile nasty gang which surrounds unpopular Nicola Sturgeon which I have commented on before on this blog and elsewhere.
Across the other side of the country, Edinburgh Western SNP branch asked supporters to take the “sinister” action if Labour canvassers called at their door. They are encouraging supporters to photograph Labour activists and post the pictures on the internet.
What purpose does this serve, it serves to identify prominent political activists to be targeted and abused.
The Edinburgh Western SNP branch on their official Facebook page has posted a message saying:
“If a Labour (sic) come to your door ask them about: 1. Trident renewal 2. Austerity vote 3. Fracking moratorium vote. If they lie take a picture of them and post the information. Use the hashtag #labourdoorstep.”
This has prompted Labour activist Kayleigh Quinn, 23 to ask on Twitter:
“Why are SNP so creepy with the photo taking? It’s happened to me a few times. Really weird behaviour, guys.”
Scottish Labour MP Anne McGuire said:
“This is an absolutely outrageous attempt to intimidate Scottish Labour activists into silence. People should not feel threatened for canvassing voters or expressing their own political opinions, and the idea of photographing someone against their will is incredibly sinister. The SNP need to get their members in line, this form of politics should be nowhere near the general election in May.”
When the knowledge of official Nationalist intimidation leaked out, the SNP did a dog and pony show of ‘carpeting’ the leaders of the branch but only after the press informed party HQ.
In what is almost like a stock reply, a mouthpiece said:
“We absolutely do not condone this and we have told the branch that. The post has now been removed.”
But not the people who are in the Scottish National Party!
If you think back to 1930’s Germany, the Nazis used to hang about outside the shops of Jewish people to ensure their businesses suffered and the public were intimidated from using them.
Under Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon we are experiencing similar tactics, in Paisley, we had another tactic of the Nazis on display recently ‘book burning’ as SNP Councillors burned publicly the Smith Commission report. Although some in the press have tried to dismiss actions as hardliners who recently joined the SNP that isn’t the case.
Can anyone forget the hate campaign done by English woman Gail Lythgoe who is married to list MSP Humza Yousaf? After being caught apparently she was ‘sorry’, but she isn’t just anyone, she sat on the SNP National Executive.
In Glasgow East, the Labour Candidate Margaret Curran has being followed and photographed, intimidation tactics to scare not just her, Labour activists but also to intimidate voters.
Labour leader Jim Murphy received similar treatment in Dundee while campaigning, so maybe some people will start to think this doesn’t look random. To return to the Glasgow East situation, it should be remember that the SNP Candidate, the odious Natalie McGarry has been named in a Police Scotland criminal investigation. A hate account was setup on twitter by someone she knows and has socialised with, two of her ‘friends’ also joined that account, SNP Candidate Jonathan Mackie and Shona McAlpine.
To recap, the person who set up the hate account calling me a paedophile has been arrested by Police Scotland, he knows SNP Candidate Natalie McGarry, SNP Candidate Chris Stephens, SNP Candidate Jonathan Mackie and Shona McAlpine who works for SNP list MSP Humza Yousaf.
And all of them have connections to Nicola Sturgeon.
So, will Nicola Sturgeon being stopping specific and targeted intimidation by SNP activists?
Apparently Nicola Sturgeon is the most ignorant woman in Scottish politics of what goes on right under her nose by her friends and associates.
It is time that people started asking her the questions in public forums and on television, radio and in the printed press, what did she know, when did she know it and what did she do about it.
SNP candidate Mhairi Black sparked controversy recently when it emerged she had admitted wanting to use violence against Labour councillors when the No vote was declared in the early hours of September 19.
Black hasn’t been removed as an SNP Candidate.
During the unrest of 1930’s Germany, people were targeted for violence when they became a threat to the Nazis regime, and like the Nazis, the SNP has plans to have a file on everyone via their backdoor attempt at a national id database.
This time, this election, it really is a case of #snpout.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University