An extract from an SNP candidate selection.
“I was asked whether as part of a Westminster deal with another party, I would agree to vote for the bedroom tax if instructed by the party. I replied ‘No’. End of SNP political career”.
Craig Murray – Rejected SNP Candidate.
There are a whole host of questions that a candidate can be asked to test their willingness to support party discipline, e.g. would you support hanging, would you support a ban on immigration, would you support forced labour for unemployed people, would you support the burning of books which were left wing, would you support the building of a 500 foot statue of Alex Salmond on the highest rampart of Edinburgh Castle, all questions which are pertinent to the snp most of whose members would be at best ambivalent about their answers and at worst enthusiastic ‘yessers’ which of course makes them the party we have known and grown to loathe, but they chose “would you support the bedroom tax”.
Are the snp policy makers so completely thick-headed as to make themselves hostages to fortune by suggesting that a failure to support the bedroom tax would constitute a reason for rejecting someone as a candidate?, my answer to that is, no they are not. IMO therefore there is no way of denying that this has been asked to pave the way for just such a proposition. What they are saying is they will do and say anything to gain power, as I have said often before when you are a single issue politician you can excuse anything by saying ‘we did it for the great cause’ no matter what injustice you have perpetrated. It is becoming harder for the snp to avoid people seeing what they are really like, perhaps all those additional members will prove difficult to control when they start to realise exactly what they have signed up to. Things are beginning to look really interesting.