The Westminster 2015 election will be noted for one thing above all else in
intimidation tactics by people in the Scottish National Party and connected to
the Scottish National Party.
Some time ago, I highlighted that the Nationalists were using the same tactics that the Nazis used in early 1930’s Germany. I got some abuse by people for making this observation, I also said the SNP is a cult, you can check back my blog posts on these observations. Interestingly, other people are now commenting on both these issues publicly.
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy likes to do ‘meet the people’ events, this is old style campaigning which can be quite fun and gives the public the opportunity to ask questions. These types of events can be fun and are part of normal campaigning, you ‘set up your stall’ and make your pitch. Yesterday, Jim Murphy was in
with the actor and comedian Eddie Izzard for an open air rally event in St Enoch Square. It
should have been good event, the weather was good, and having someone like
Eddie Izzard would make the event special for all who managed to get to speak
or listen to him.
As I previously said, heckling people is part of politics, but like most things in life there are limits, you don’t disrupt people’s events in the manner that the Scottish Nationalists are doing.
This stinks to high heaven of fascism!
My main complaint about this confrontation aside from the denial of the right to free speech is what happened to one young girl was left in floods of tears by the aggressive scenes. Why did the Scottish National Party members not care about the welfare of the kids at this rally? They turned up because their parents thought it would be a treat for them to see Eddie Izzard and possibly talk to the comedian and movie star, maybe get their picture taken.
Why did the Scottish National Party members think this was acceptable?
Can you imagine if this happened to your child, how would you feel?
At present, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon is walking about trying to convince women and anyone else that she is a nice person, to that end, she is hugging as many kids as possible. It is all an act, Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a nice person, she is a rat, if I was leader of the Scottish National Party; I would publicly be saying any member caught engaging in abuse of the type which other parties have been subjected to would lose their SNP membership.
And to drive the point home, any SNP member associating with these people who disrupted events no matter what position they held in the party would be suspended pending review of their membership.
Politics in Scotland has turned very nasty, yesterday I was subject to abuse on twitter by someone called drew peacock; he has an SNP logo on his twitter. When I tried to get him to stop making a fool of himself, he said:
“make a fool of myself, me? Eh, you are the cunt that hit out with the "do you know how am
pish! Fucken moonman”.
And he can’t spell either!
Years ago, I flagged up a lack of education in the party but in the main, I didn’t think it applied to spelling; my concern was more to do with political ignorance in the SNP. That is why in 2010, I proposed that a training hub needed to be setup to educate people in politics, in 2014, the SNP announced the ‘
’, named after someone who hardly ever came
out to do activism in the Govan Ward. Hunter wasn’t a leader of men, and
although Alex Salmond touted her as a ‘great leader’, having known her, I knew
that wasn’t true, dreadful and inept, a Nicola Sturgeon crony. Allison
As the event kicked off scuffles broke out, and the SNP supporters didn’t reserve their violence to Labour Party members, a photographer and TV reporter pushed to the floor.
Nicola Sturgeon SNP’s idea of democracy in action on show for the world to see!
Screaming and shouting of 'traitor' and 'warmongering scum' filled the air as the Nationalists working up their courage before engaging in violence, this forced Jim Murphy and Eddie Izzard to flee to a waiting car.
Jim Murphy has rightly condemned what many people in
are seeing and being subjected to 'the ugly face of aggressive nationalism'
either directly in their faces or online.
“I am all in favour of listening to the arguments of my political opponents but these people are not prepared to engage in debate. This sort of aggressive sentiment has come to the fore over the past two years. Surely we don't want to go back to the old divisions of 'Yes' and 'No' from last year.
streets and Scotland's
flag belong to no one political party. We've just spent the past two years
debating the referendum and we had a democratic vote and a democratic result.'
As I said, my main complaint about this miserable episode is that despite seeing that children were present, the SNP supporters still engaged in violent disorder which placed the children’s safety in danger. Several of the children were of primary school age, this is yet another low point in the Nationalists election campaign, ironically the SNP have been continually saying this is nothing to do with them.
Well, I have news for them, it is everything to do with them, one of the protesters was carrying an SNP sign folded to cover up it was official SNP campaign material for the SNP Candidate standing in Glasgow South against Tom Harris.
Eddie Izzard said after the intimidation by Nationalist supporters:
“It's OK having different opinions, but everyone should be able to put their opinion forward. This aggressive, this violent emotion, why violence? Don't have violence, we should just put our point of view forward and then everyone makes their choice on Thursday.”
Izzard appeared to be visibly shaken by the ugly scenes which in truth he probably didn’t expect on the campaign trial, and as a small point, regardless of what you think about his politics, Eddie Izzard does charity work; he is a guy who acts in good faith. And like anyone else, he should be allowed the opportunity to speak.
One of the Nationalist supporters involved later declared:
“Democracy is dead.”
This although interesting isn’t news for some time I have blogged on the rise of fascism in
Scotland under the Scottish
National Party Government. This is one of the reasons why I back tactical
voting in the Westminster 2015 election.
One of the ringleaders of this circus appears to be Sean Clerkin, an ex SNP Candidate who made a name for himself getting in the face of Iain Gray, this time, he overstepped the mark and is being condemned by people, who were horrified that he placed primary school children in physical danger.
Finally, I have read that Piers Doughty-Brown who was at the mini riot in Glasgow has been suspended by the Scottish National Party, yet again unpopular Nicola Sturgeon is forced to come to the George Laird view.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at