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What should the SNP leadership learn from what just happened in America? Two things:
- Power corrupts but more commonly it just seduces. Sturgeon, Salmond, Robertson and others are, by UK standards, not corrupt and are fine representatives of the people. They’re honest and hold quite closely to values such as justice and equality. We’re kind of lucky to have them but things have been slipping recently. They’re looking just a bit too cosy there in Holyrood and in Westminster, on Question Time, on Newsnight, on Have I got News for You and in newspaper columns and a wee bit less like their voters back here. The images are getting a bit corporate, the style a bit presidential and the policies are drifting toward the centre and away from the broadly leftist dominance of the wider Yes movement. Dare I say it, the Unionist media seem to like and to respect Sturgeon much more than they did Salmond and that worries me. So, it’s time to pull back a bit from the deadly embrace of the UK’s political, media and cultural elites. As in Brexit and as with Trump, victory requires the support of the unlettered (nae qualies but no daft) working-class so don’t lose touch with them or even just appear to be doing so.
- It’s not all about gender. Sturgeon’s appalling blunder in expressing support for the war criminal but female, Hillary Clinton, is sadly indicative. Salmond’s rush to support his wee lassie and in so doing utterly contradict his former opposition to the war policies of the Bush, Blair, Clinton gang was plain stupid. Here’s what Nicola said about supporting Clinton: ‘Above and beyond that though, I’m standing here as the first woman to hold the office of first minister and I think it would be great to see the world’s biggest democracy elect the first woman leader.’
Isn’t India the world’s biggest democracy? Anyhow…..
Given what we know about Clinton’s bellicosity, corruption and greed, was Sturgeon saying that none of that matters because she is a woman? She said Clinton was ‘not perfect!’ That’ll be first prize for euphemisms then? Hitler loved his dugs? I genuinely thought Sturgeon would make the best SNP leader regardless of her gender so it’s time she stopped going on about being ‘the first woman to hold the office of first minister’. Just repeating that formal phrase suggests she might be a bit full of herself. We know. We’ve heard about it. It was two years ago. Stop banging on. Anyway, she needs to remember that she was handed the leadership in 2014 unopposed. She needs also to remember that support for independence grew dramatically from around 25% to 45% before her promotion and, despite Tory austerity and Brexit, has grown little since then.
Oh so I’m a Trump supporter eh? Just, just…away and…..see: