Frankly, I know little of SNP office bearers. I’ve never collected chewing gum football cards either. I am more interested in the vision.
When a member those short years around the Day of Damnation, 18th September 2014 (we are in Purgatory now), I attended local SNP branch’s meetings to consolidate the reasons for restoring my country’s self-esteem, critical to our health and safety. Some people were introduced as ‘treasurer’ or ‘chairman’, and interchanged when home life got busy, but that was the extent of my knowledge or interest. The term ‘WOKE’ was related to waking up from sleep. Let he who is without political ambition be counted a man of innocence and an innocent man.
I did not know a National Executive Committee (NEC), existed. Had I been informed I would not be able to tell you who presided over it, who filled what category, or who was eligible to sit on it. The name of Peter Murrell was an unknown unknown. At that point I assumed Nicola Sturgeon was unmarried. I only wanted to hear the message.
In my lowly position I observed some officials were less able than others, some more voluable than others, but as they did not rule the nation I thought it fine they were where they were. Now, the least able rule the land, able to impose laws upon us.
When it comes to knowing the intricate minutiae of SNP’s hierarchy, gossip too, who is somebody, who is a nobody, Iain Lawson is a walking encyclopedia. His blogsite is called ‘Yours for Scotland’. Iain is today’s guest. He was a member of the SNP for longer than Gordon Brown has been promising a federal Britain, which is a very long time indeed. He spends hours hitting his not inconsiderable brow off his desk-top by keeping up with internal SNP manoeuvers. Readers should take note of what he has to say about the NEC. He is telling us that the SNP has reached the terminal stage of eating itself.
Seeing members of the NEC object to secrecy and the censorship of discussion topics, failing to suppress dissent, the SNP proposes to alter the make-up of that once representative body, altering it to one less prone to give the chairman a hard time. Readers might decide life is too short to be bothered. Keep in mind, the SNP govern us. Like me, you might not grasp the ins and outs, but you can tell skulduggery is afoot.
The way to reduce democratic participation, to be in control, is be the one who chooses the agenda, narrows down what can be discussed. You offer an impression of democracy at work because the guardians of the institution can discuss items on the agenda to any extent. But please, no deviation.
For additional control, fill the board with hand-picked Yes men and women. Neat – eh? Sneaky and dishonest? You bet it is.
THE NEXT REVEAL
by Iain Lawson
Last week I spilled the news about the proposed cull of NEC members. A cull that is entirely restricted to places that are elected by the ordinary membership, leaving the Woke anointed totally unscathed and in even firmer control than before.
One of them, Fiona Robertson, seemed to have an uncanny skill to be the replacement representative on the NEC for multiple groups dependent on who couldn’t make it that day so Fiona could continue to take centre stage. She rose to the occasion leading NEC discussions on Equalities in preference to both the elected Equalities and Woman’s Convener’s, all the time with a giant 12 on her back. She didn’t blush as the Woke chair laid a path out for her. These affiliate groups have interchangeable delegates where substitutes can appear at will. Ordinary elected members have no substitute if for any reason they can’t make a meeting.
Not many people know this
It is little known that the representatives of these affiliate groups are interchangeable, they move in the same groups. I remain convinced that at the same time as Angus Robertson was proposing the new framework that got rid of National Council and created all these affiliate seats on the NEC this little network of friends were sitting down sharing out these “appointments” for themselves.
Be aware that the hands of Angus Robertson are never far away when the clique need an enabler. He has leadership ambitions and folk should count their fingers after any dealings with him. He likes the shadows these days but his tentacles are everywhere.
The unanswered answered
The great unanswered question about these affiliate groups is how many SNP members are members of each group, because the membership have no idea about this information. Surely given that NEC seats that are being gifted to them, a minimum requirement for each should be that they must supply the National Secretary with a Full membership list showing numbers that would justify such a level of positions on the NEC? Asians for Independence have their own seat on the NEC.
I am aware of complaints from the black community that excluded unfairly from BAME representation. The current holder of the post is of Caribbean ancestry I believe. How many members does he represent? I know his partner is a MP, indeed the one that replaced Joanna Cherry on the Front Bench at Westminster, so he is obviously well connected. But I ask how many SNP members are members of this Group and who elected him to be their NEC representative? The new system gives them two places, a Convener and a Bame representative.
Scared to ask
Given ordinary member representatives are to be reduced to eight amongst the entire Party. There must be thousands of BAME members to justify 25% representation on the NEC compared to the entire membership.
Likewise, the Equalities Convener from years gone by has been renamed the LGBT+ Convener, just in case anybody used any other equalities to get elected!
Now I know folk are scared to ask these questions because they know they will get called horrible names and accused of being racist or a homophobe, or whatever, but people need to raise their courage levels.
I am asking reasonable questions and these groups must answer them. The SNP is being taken over by them, it should not be left to non-members like me to demand the answers. The SNP are in Government and the influence these groups have amassed, in my view unfairly, is now impacting all Scotland in the form of legislation like the Hate Bill and GRA.
The reason I ask
The Governance REPORT – these are unedited passages: “This would mean in practice, for example, that the National BAME Convener elected to NEC must be a member of the SNP BAME Network and receive a nomination from that group in order to be eligible to stand for the position at Annual National Conference. It is worth noting that, under the current arrangements, a nominee doesn’t technically need to be a BAME member to stand for BAME Convener or a Councillor to stand for Local Government Convener.”
Given the above, is it not a disgrace the case of Joan McAlpine who lost her place on the Regional lists? This is because the current rules did not require people holding these posts to be members of those affiliate organisations, or hold nomination from them. It was votes from these Affiliate representatives that allowed the Chair to use her casting vote in favour of the list fixing, going against tradition by not voting for the status quo.
I had a discussion a while back with an African member of the Party who did hold a nomination from her BAME network but who was sidelined at the last minute in favour of a member of the ruling clique. Another who must be concerned about all this must be Joanna Cherry, who like Joan was identified by the Woke as a target.
When they reduce the NEC to 32, getting rid of many of the NEC members elected by the ordinary membership, they greatly strengthen their ability to deselect Joanna. That is their plan and intention. Sturgeon will say or do nothing. Correction, she might smile.
And another thing
Another worrying factor is this statement relating to the surviving regional representatives. They plan to interfere with their election as well. Again quoting directly from the report
“Our proposed Culture, Equalities, Organisation and Training Committee would therefore have to consider any alternative gender balance mechanisms required as part of elections to NEC.”
Get ready for more gerrymandering. If they don’t like a man from one area they might suggest an all women list. Conversely, if it’s a women they don’t like, it could be an all male list. What is for sure is free choice will be out the window.
The WOKE really hated those regional reps that were elected by the ordinary members.
“The role of Regional representatives within our party and on the National Executive is crucial but has, to date, come with less accountability compared to National Office Bearers and representatives from Affiliate organisations. This has led, in some instances, to individuals acting in their own interests rather than on behalf of the party and their local members. Our recommendation to reduce the number of Regional representatives to one per Scottish Parliamentary region aims to enhance the sense of accountability to local members and comes with a clearer role description”.
The willing unwilling
Remember, these are the folk unwilling to go against legal counsel advice, who wanted to see the financial accounts, who voted against fixing the regional lists to take out people like Joan McAlpine. This is the BIG LIE technique in action, rubbish and then remove the decent, fair-minded folk who were not blind to injustice. The Woke are on the way to destroying the SNP.
SNP “democracy” is finished.
I have more bizzare behaviour to report later. The clique are active. I live in hope the ordinary membership will awake to their games and bring them to a halt. Up the Revolution!