Today was our SNP MP candidate Phil Boswell’s candidate adoption afternoon, and it was great to see so many people give up their Sunday afternoon to come along and support him and the campaign in Coatbridge, Chryston, and Bellshill.
I was asked to say a few words at the event, so I thought I would share my speech here. Well, this is the speech I was supposed to deliver, but I forgot a wee bit at the end as I was delivering from memory…
I saw a chart earlier based on online responses to the Leaders’ Debate that was shown on BBC One Scotland this evening. The debate was between Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservatives, Jim Murphy of Scottish labour, Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie; and rather unfortunately for anyone watching, UKIP’s David Coburn.
Unsurprisingly, Nicola Sturgeon topped the chart with the most positive responses whilst David Coburn was placed last.
What I did find surprising, at least at first, was the fact that Scottish Labour’s Jim Murphy placed behind Ruth Davidson. A Tory received a higher positive response than someone from Labour in Scotland. Just think about that for a second…
Yesterday at Scottish Labour’s conference in Edinburgh, MP David Hamilton stood up and delivered a speech in which he threw out cheap shots at the First Minister of Scotland. He looked at Scotland’s first female First Minister and attempted to reduce her to a mere hairstyle in order to secure some laughs. And laughs he did receive, alongside whoops and applause as he referred to Nicola Sturgeon as the “Wee lassie wi a tin helmet”.
I received a Scottish Labour campaign leaflet through my door this afternoon; I picked it up with an uncontrollable groan as I cast my eyes across more empty rhetoric on our supposed NHS crisis. NHS crisis klaxon is the new oil is running out klaxon, just in case you didn’t know.
I was just about to crumple it up and chuck it in the recycling bin when the imprint caught my eye:
“Promoted by Brian Roy, Scottish General Secretary, on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party…”Continue reading →
The SNPout hashtag on Twitter is a useful tool if you want to read all the inane and quite frankly bonkers ramblings of the anti-SNP zoomer brigade, but sometimes what you find lurking amid their swivel-eyed frothment is comedy gold.
I was alerted to a poll that SNPout had started on their (New blog for the Union) blog asking who we thought the most effective Holyrood leader was…. Continue reading →
The language used when discussing politics in Scotland is something I have touched upon briefly on this blog before, during the independence referendum; but due to recent events I think it’s something that deserves to be revisited.
The referendum ignited something in Scots that I don’t think we’ve experienced for a very long time, it’s something that I certainly had never previously experienced in my lifetime – and that is a newly awakened political engagement. We now have people from across the spectrum of Scottish society who are discussing, debating, and most importantly of all aware of the politics of our nation as well as across the United Kingdom as a whole.
We asked for that. We asked for people to become aware and to get involved. Both sides of the referendum campaign reached out to those previously disengaged from politics and we asked them to join us, and they have. Now it would seem that the complaint has moved on from “people are disengaged, this isn’t right!” to “people are now engaged but we don’t like the way in which they’re engaging!”. Continue reading →