Once again, SNP members have been faced with the difficult task of choosing among candidates of the highest calibre. Whoever wins, the contest has proved yet again that the SNP has a wealth of talent at its disposal. It has also demonstrated the strength of the party's internal democracy. The manner in which these contests … Continue reading Three of the best
As I prepare to go to the SNP Depute Leader Hustings in Perth Concert Hall later today (Saturday 28 April) a thought occurs. Pete Wishart has remarked that it is a "good thing" that the issue of the new referendum should "dominate" this contest. I strongly disagree. While the matter of the timing of the … Continue reading How to choose
I'm not about to get into discussing the merits of candidates for the SNP Depute Leader job. It's far too early for that. Although the fact that nominations aren't even open yet hasn't prevented some people making up their minds and the media declaring at least two 'favourites' - neither of whom has declared their … Continue reading This time it’s urgent!
The SNP Depute Leader election is showing signs of being sucked into the unseemly sink of media hype, ill-informed speculation and malicious rumour-mongering that commonly characterises such contests in the cesspit of British party politics. Which would be a great pity. One of the strategies adopted by the British state’s propaganda machine is to portray … Continue reading Sword at the throat
What a killjoy Ian Blackford is! The British media went to all the trouble of concocting a controversy around his 'coronation' as SNP Depute Leader, and he goes and spoils it all by announcing that he won't be attending the ceremony. Almost from the moment Angus Robertson resigned, the story was of a party in … Continue reading The media filter
It is a regrettable fact of life that before commenting on anything in the British media one must first check for accuracy. Standards of journalism are so abysmally low that factual errors are common. This article in the Sunday Herald, for example, refers to Kirsty Blackman MP as "the SNP's deputy leader". She is, in … Continue reading It’s just a game