Is the SNP leadership in danger of comfortable absorption and losing edge?

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‘The idea of Scottish independence is RADICAL.’

As Theresa May, dark mistress of the Windrush and Hostile Environments abuse, wife of an investor in the weapons killing thousands in Yemen and leader of the brutal Tory campaigns against the poor and the disabled, briefly sobbed for herself, the Scottish First Minister felt something for her and said so. Leadership is tough she empathised. Perhaps female leadership is even tougher she thought. It whooshed me as they say.

In 2016, she had angrily denounced the Trump and enthused about the inspirational qualities of ‘sister’ Hilary Clinton, for young women leaders, despite the evidence of her general monstrosity and hawkish foreign policy, so horribly clear when we saw her watch the murderous buggery of Gaddafi and gloat – ‘We came, we saw, he died!’

Less dramatically, she sided with and protected her top civil servant, another ‘sister’ of course, despite their combined, unprofessional, incompetent and perhaps criminal part, in the destruction of the man who had nurtured her career and made her leadership possible. Remember she was not elected leader. She likes to reflect publicly on leadership too much for my liking.

Only weeks ago, we saw another senior SNP figure show signs of detachment from what should be his prime purpose:


A leading blogger had this to say:

The over-familiarity with professionals, civil servants, may well have played a part in these examples of formerly radical politicians getting too cosy with the system. This is not a new idea:

‘Insurgents and renegades have a role, which is to jolt the system with new energy and ideas; but professionals also have a role, which is to safely absorb the energy that insurgents unleash. Think of them as analogous to antibodies and white blood cells, establishing and patrolling the barriers between the body politic and would-be hijackers on the outside. As with biology, so with politics: When the immune system works, it is largely invisible. Only when it breaks down do we become aware of its importance.’

While you may have little time for them generally, some Brexiteer thinkers have noted the same phenomenon in MEPs and have applied it to SNP MEPs:

‘Such arguments of course are rejected by the corporate managerialists of the Scottish Government and its advisers from academe. They live in a Keynesian world where the state is the economy, and where good people doing good things with taxpayers’ money produce good results; with the proviso that they are the good people – earning fine sums from the public purse and developing statist strategies in cahoots with the civil servants who administer those.

Even the formerly fiercely radical Sinn Fein have been associated with this tendency to lose edge:

‘The main reason for the new shift is that Sinn Fein wants to get into government – even if that means being a minority partner with either Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. This, however, would be a disastrous move as the experience of the Labour Party has demonstrated. Once a party adopts this stance, its election commitments must be looked on with some scepticism as it will claim – like Labour – that in government it had to compromise. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael want to develop a tax haven model of Irish capitalism. Any radical party which joins them it will be forced to embrace that project and with it comes deepening inequality and a run-down of public services.’

Are these two the only ones showing signs of decay?




8 thoughts on “Is the SNP leadership in danger of comfortable absorption and losing edge?

  1. Bugger (the Panda) May 25, 2019 / 5:55 pm

    I have a need to comment here tonight.

    Tomorrow when I can get my thoughts together?

    In the meantime Holyrood Mandy put out what I see as a crie de coeur over last week-end.

    Loosing the plot, as victory approaches.

    Sounds like the Scottish Fitbaw team

    Defeat from the jawsv of victory

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    • Alasdair Macdonald May 25, 2019 / 8:13 pm

      Who is losing the plot?


      • johnrobertson834 May 26, 2019 / 6:26 am

        I rarely have anything as organised as a plot. Deep values surge through and I’ve written it before I’ve ‘thought’ about it.

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      • Bugger (the Panda) May 26, 2019 / 7:21 am

        They seem to have disconnected with their foot soldiers, in snd outside their Party..

        Thrte seem to be a Judaen Peoples Front mentality developing within the admin.


  2. Bugger (the Panda) May 26, 2019 / 7:23 am

    The objective is Independence and after that all else can be on table


    • Clydebuilt May 26, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      Its good to point out that the SNP need to be wary of being absorbed by the establishment.
      With a fair wind they won’t be exposed to a Unionist establishment for much longer.

      Have they become so comfortable that the party leadership are no longer hungry for Independence.
      Before Theresa May’s 2017 snap GE Sturgeon had started a campaign for Independence. The GE. put a stop to this, (was that May’s intention)
      So barely 2 yrs after the first Indy Ref Sturgeon went for it. Not the action of a politician who had succumbed to the trappings of office.

      Where are we now.
      Sturgeon has stated that she wants to hold a 2nd Independence Referendum before the current Holyrood term ends in May 2021. Initially linking the Referendum to the UK leaving the EU. She then hardened up on this to holding the Referendum regardless of whether the UK leaves or remains in the EU.
      Still going for it. Sturgeon has dedicated her lifes work to gaining Independence for Scotland.

      Pete Wishart for Speaker
      Can’t imagine Tory Toffs or Labour MP’s who claim its party policy never to vote for an SNP motion changing their ways and voting for Runrig and Big Country’s keyboard man.

      Always one to think out of the box and knowing the above why has he thrown his hat in the ring. As a long shot imagine how beneficial it might be to have an SNP man chairing debates . . . Deciding debates . . . As Bercow has just done taking decisions against the Government of the day. Or was he simply out to highlight further the anti-Scottish bias at Westminster. These are my thoughts as to Pete’s intentions. It never crossed my mind that in full public view he was applying to be the speaker of the house of commons because he was too comfy.

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  3. Alasdair Macdonald May 26, 2019 / 9:55 am

    I was looking at the most recent New Statesman, which likes to describe itself as ‘progressive’ and used to promote social democratic or nearly socialist policies, and all of the stories about politicians are about TORY politicians – around 7 of them. For an allegedly ‘Labour supporting’ paper, there was not an article I could find about anything Labour was doing.

    At the 2017 General Election it stopped short – just – of urging readers to vote for Theresa May (‘she has splendid social justice impulses’). It is a fan sheet for Ruth Davidson, like the Observer and Guardian.

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