I said I said and I said; there is a genuine lack of talent in the Scottish National Party. When
Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex
Salmond said his ‘problem’ was he was surrounded by ‘too many talented people’,
I thought, ‘you deluded bastard’!
In the Scottish National Party, the cult at its core is rather weak mentally; ideas if they come are usually taken from people outside the cult such as me.
I used to look at SNP newsletters and see ideas that I put forward appear several months after I floated them. When I did a campaign blueprint, several of those ideas were done by the SNP later.
An example of this is SNP candidates doing youtube videos. I also pioneered the idea that elected officials should go out and do ‘street surgeries’ at high footfall areas, to my surprise the idea appeared on a former MSP’s blog, she is standing as a
candidate. The document I produced I have kept on file, along with the date
stamp of when I produced it.
As to SNP Candidates in this election, there is a ‘wealth of dross’ to choose from, Natalie McGarry, Neil Hay, Brendan O’Hara and Chris Stephens to name but a few. However as I said to someone recently, if you let SNP candidates and others talk, you will find out that they really are clueless. Of course, no one knows everything and we shouldn’t expect them to, but when you know you know sweet FA, you should have enough intelligence to keep your trap shut, failing that don’t dig yourself a hole you can’t climb out of.
Well, I think so, but then I am capable of independent thought.
Another SNP Candidate has been exposed as a ‘donkey’; this one is called Margaret Ferrier. In a hustings she showed her total lack of knowledge on the idea of full fiscal responsibility. Ferrier took the road to stupidity by thinking the £7.6 billion hole in Scotland’s finances predicted by the Institute of Fiscal Studies if the Barnett Formula was scrapped, was in fact the result of the Barnett Formula.
Staggering is not, the lack of being able to grasp the concept, never mind the nuts and bolts, beggars’ belief. If the Barnett formula was not in place and
Scotland would have to raise its own taxes with no fallback to Westminster
then Scottish taxes would have to rise above the rest of the UK. As well as
this, services would have to be cut and there would be jobs losses. When a
financial shortfall exists, the easy route is to cut staff; this is something I
witnessed time and time again at University.
After blowing it, she then proceeded to dig deeper by suggesting that extra cash could be raised by the Smith Commission.
And it gets better as Ferrier in what must be one of the worst cases of lack of preparation by a candidate said to the ‘jimmies’:
“Full fiscal responsibility - what we’re saying is that a modest increase in spending of half-a-percent per year every year would free up money to spend on other things like the NHS, education. The 7.6 shortfall is a myth that is being created. The 7.6 shortfall is if the Barnett consequentials was gone, which it wouldn’t be, plus the fact that erm, the erm, sorry, I’ve lost my train of thought, erm, the Barnett consequentials will remain in place until.....”.
Mumble mumble mumble.
In the spirit of helping out rival candidate Lib Dem Tony Hughes interrupted to say:
“That’s not what your leader said...”
Always a good way to keep people flapping; you can probably see the electrons fire in her brain cells of ‘does not compute’.
“It will remain in place and that’s where the 7.6 shortfall is coming from. So until that goes and we free up money elsewhere and we collect our own taxes from what we get from the Smith Commission as well... so there’s various powers that we’re supposed to get that we haven’t got erm, through the Smith Commission then the Barnett ‘consequentials’ would be tweaked and eventually we would then have our own tax-raising powers.”
If you are struggling with what she is saying, allow me to help, just don’t bother, it is just babbling shite which makes no sense and best to just leave it alone.
The SNP says of Ferrier:
“Margaret is a 54 year old full-time working mother of a 22 year old daughter, who is currently studying teacher training at Glasgow University. She works for a blue chip manufacturing construction company in Motherwell where she manages a team within the Commercial Sales Department. She was born and bred in
moved to Rutherglen in 1972-1990 and has lived in Cambuslang for 15 years. She
is an elected community councillor within Halfway and as a member of Amnesty
International was always someone who wanted to stand up for people’s human
rights and equality. She has worked as a volunteer for the Citizens Advice
Bureau giving her an insight into how invaluable a service the CAB delivers for
many people who have no other route to go down and are desperate for advice.”
Quite so ma’am!
Obviously the CV doesn’t quite explain the lack of ability, one can only wonder what type of team she manages at the Commercial Sales Department given that sales is relatively easy.
I would also say having listened to part of the ‘comedy’ of that hustings; she sounds like an ‘absolute roaster’ which I would maintain proves my point that in the SNP there is no such thing as merit.
Finally, just because her daughter is currently studying teacher training at Glasgow University, doesn’t mean nothing regarding Margaret Ferrier’s own personal abilities, ‘just in case you'll motherfeckers didn’t know that’.
George LairdThe Campaign for Human Rights at