Politics

Oops. Are the SNP's Roots Showing?

A couple of things have come up for me this week as the Scottish election campaign builds towards another seemingly inevitable SNP triumph.

 

Firstly, a friend, a committed ‘Yes’ voter and an SNP member said he was going to have to stay home on polling day. He could not bring himself to vote SNP this time, he said, because he is so appalled by the SNP’s inaction over MSP Sandra White’s behaviour.

 

The SNP MSP  apologised for re-tweeting a grossly offensive anti-semitic cartoon posted by a Neo-Nazi she follows online and whose tweets she has reposted before. She said she posted the image “in error” and no disciplinary action has been taken against her. The implication for my friend was that a degree of anti-semitism is tolerable within the Scottish National Party.

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Five Reasons Boris Johnson is the Donald Trump of UK Politics.

One. Looks.

Fat and flamboyant, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump are alike well known for their blond locks which are of the type that used to be described in shampoo adverts as ‘unmanageable’. Just like both of them.

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Five Things the Britain in Europe Referendum Campaign can Learn from Scotland's IndyRef

"One man's canary in the coal mine is another man's tweeting fearmonger"

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Edinburgh Castle. Photo by Rob Bruce

The referendum on Britain's membership of the EU is to take place on June 23, 2016. Below are 5 lessons the Remain campaign can learn from Scotland's independence referendum of 2014.

 

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Why is the SNP riding so high in the polls?

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The Scottish Parliament at night. Photo Rob Bruce

Dec 18. Revised with input from the team at Sceptical Scot

The next Holyrood election is in May and on current form, the SNP will take almost all (if not all) the directly elected seats, leaving the Scottish Parliament with only a token (list-based) opposition. But why is this? There are many issues that “normally” might affect their poll rating.

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Spending Review Sets the Scene for Scottish Tories to Beat Labour into Second Place in Holyrood Election

Was George Osborne’s spending review drawn up with an eye on the forthcoming Holyrood election?

With his U-turn on tax credits, he has certainly redrawn the political landscape; shooting Scottish Labour’s fox and perhaps creating the conditions in which the Scottish Conservative Party could become the second party in Scotland. That would be an earthquake in Scottish political terms.

Perhaps ‘Earthquake’ will be the title of Iain McWhirter’s next book as ‘Tsunami: Scotland’s Democratic Revolution’ about the SNP landslide at the General Election is piled high in Scotland’s bookshops in time for the Xmas market, illustrated with a Japanese-style drawing of a huge wave.

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