OK, I am a bit depressed. I am a member of the SNP and, frankly, I have no idea where we go to next.
I see the loss of both our by election gains as a kick in the teeth by Scottish voters.
I really do not understand the dynamics of what exercises Scottish voters sometimes.
It seems to me obvious that Scottish voters are actually liberated in who they can vote for.
For instance, a vote for the SNP was not going to increase the overall Conservative majority at Westminster.
It seems that the availability of that freedom of expression - vote Green if you like - was denied in some sort of self serving masochism by voting Labour. Despite the fact that, if you think about politics at all, it would never have mattered. Scottish voters could have voted better, but were feart of the big bad bogeynman and assumed that the beautiful Princess that is Labour would save them, when it is now quite evident that they can't and weren't really interested in even trying.
Odd times we live in.
For, whenever we feel threatened by Tories, we revert to that.
It is a failure to, simultaneously, see how wee we are and how much better we could be. And a vote for the SNP would not have been a vote for the Tories, either.
This blog has kept an eye on Steven Purcell, but Glasgow voters just ignore that sort of stuff.
It is quite astounding. Usually folk will see the wood from the trees.
It seems to me that Scottish voters don't.
However, This is probably down to a pretty poor election strategy by the SNP. We should have done better, but we didn't, probably because we don't understand the electorate, and I don't mean 'focus groups'. It is far more fundamental than that.
Going for an English -
1 year ago