I keep my ear to the ground in political terms, some people think it's sad but there you are, I'm an addict.
I've a fair idea of what goes on and I sometimes get involved in some pretty heated stuff, I've promised before to count to ten but I still find it difficult, maybe if I survive long enough I'll mellow, what do you think ?
In my defence I would argue that I have tried my best to speak out when I see something wrong, I don't reserve this for my political opponents and I have angered Labour Party people before, some quite high up, I've publicly crossed swords with John Reid, Margaret Curren, even Gordon Brown before he was famous, the Scottish Labour Executive etc. but none of it personal. We all survived it and are still here, that's as it should be surely.
I wonder what happens in the SNP to people like me ? I ask this because I'm unaware of any dissent in that party, Labour Party members regularly speak out in a personal capacity and are critical of policy and some members actions, I can't think of our equivalent in today's SNP.
Roseanna Cunningham has now buttoned her lip and she was the last, she won't even mention the Queen now, how cowardly is that. Margo & Jim are gone Mike Russell humiliated by Salmond cowers in a corner, Alex Neil has become the cowardly lion, the more he shouts 'put em up' the more people laugh.
Most humiliatingly of all, the real (old) SNP's raison d'etre, independence is never referred to for fear of Alex (the spiv) and Nicola.
Look at the local SNP, never any mention of being free by some date with a three in it, not a cheep from the bravehearts, cllr. McFee, once their loudest voice sits at the back mumbling to himself like an extinct volcano, such was his Holyrood failure that he is a broken man, likewise wee cllr. Mitchell another broken braveheart, is this what they fought all those years for.
Is it possible perhaps that everyone in the SNP gets along famously, everyone agrees on everything they all agree on all policy?
Or is it as I suspect that the gradualist right wing heavies have now got a vice like grip on every aspect of the party and they tolerate no dissent, would you like to be an MSP at the mercy of Alex (FFM) I think crocodile wrestling would be nicer or even worse, going in to Nicola Sturgeon with a broken pay packet, watch for an SNP MSP with a backbone and see how you get on.