He writes so much and in different places, that you don’t know where you are with him. One minute he’s the indignant defender of Catholic family values. The next he’s bashing the SNP on anything he can make up. Then he’s knifing the Tories with a well-crafted sentence. I suppose he is just a professional (mercenary) journalist who writes for an audience any audience.
Anyhoo, he wrote in the Independent yesterday, in defence of the idea of a Wings Party to hoover up the list MSP seats that the SNP are denied by the system. He did use the opportunity to have a tilt at the totalitarian tendency he perceives in the SNP, but I couldn’t help but like some of what he wrote:
The analysis of a new Wings party’s prospects of success can wait. In the meantime, let’s all just bask in the cartoon horror of those who recoil at even the merest possibility of the Reverend Stuart Campbell MSP. This was the Scottish Tories’ reaction last week: “Wings Over Scotland is the most reprehensible extreme of the independence movement. The organisation would be far and away the most despicable participant ever to have sought involvement in Holyrood.”
When I saw this obloquy for Campbell, a wee shard of jealousy pierced my soul. Imagine having that on your gravestone or even your CV. Imagine the joy of being able to proclaim that the Tories hate you so much that they think you are a reprehensible and despicable extremist. I don’t know if the Reverend Campbell is a Christian but imagine being able to face St Peter, the old celestial bouncer himself, with that one when your earthly sojourn has reached its end.
“So, what makes you think you’re getting in here then, sunshine?”
“Well, the Scottish Tories think I’m the most despicable character ever to have darkened the doors of Holyrood.”
“Come right in sir, the VIP lounge is on the second floor. St Francis, get that man a glass of the Chateauneuf.”
Forget it’s him. Imagine someone else wrote it. Good? But, more important, he writes:
If Campbell and any other members of his party were to make it to Holyrood via the list system, then it’s extremely unlikely that this will be at the expense of SNP places. The Holyrood list system, let’s face it, has become a lifeboat for party hacks and local placemen among the Unionist parties. I wouldn’t expect the SNP to be over-enthusiastic about the prospect of the Reverend Campbell at Holyrood, but they should probably call off the hounds. He’s not going to hurt them.
I agree. I’m ready to step up the plate to represent WOSP in SW Scotland if the Rev will have me. I’m also ready to be Defence and Foreign Policy Spokesperson and give Nicola laldy if she enthuses about Hilary again, or any other pro-War figure, for that matter. Grousebeater for Environment Spokesperson, Wee Ginger Dug, Spokesperson for Animal and Human Rights, Craig Murray for Deputy Leader, James Kelly for Finance and Strategy, MSM Monitor for PR, Bugger le Panda for………ideas?
Footnote: Lesley Riddoch agrees! I like her thought processes.
I’d be wanting to cast my vote in your direction John – but I’m in a different List Vote area so can’t oblige – (I’m certainly not against the idea which is being floated – but it will need careful thinking through to check all the famed foibles of ‘latency’ in the Holyrood electoral system). Cheers, Ludo
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That shadow cabinet would put the fear into the establishment(s). I’m all for it and I think it will work, but as others have said we will need to be very sure of the consequences in the different regions to ensure we do not damage the overall indy majority.
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There is an important consequential bonus in running a List Party. For talking sake let’s call it the Freedom Party. Here it is: Freedom Party candidates would be legally entitled to equal air and screen time as other party representatives.
Why not? It worked perfectly for the Pound Sign Party and currently for Brexit Party PLC.
Now that might be nightmare for the BBC having banned likes of Stewart Campbell, Paul Kavanagh and Lesley Riddoch but what a boost for Scottish independence if brilliant commentators such as yourself were to be seen on panel shows and talking head news wiping the floor with some inadequate, self seeking, assistant branch managers of the British Nationalist Parties, contradicting establishment lies and advancing the progressive values of our movement.
If compromises were needed perhaps the National Radio and TV could get actors to speak your words.
I like how you think, John. If I was forming a political party those very same names would be at the top of my list as well. Along with your good self, of course.