The fashion for ex Party luminaries overtly criticising those in charge of their own parties today seems to be spreading rapidly to the former “big brother” controlled SNP, no doubt the dissidents were always there but they were clearly too petrified of salmond’s “reign” of terror to raise their heads above the parapet. They are now becoming emboldened by the approaching referendum and the recognition among many members that they are going to lose, despite all those years of biting their tongues for fear of accusations of treachery or even “unscottishness” as some of the snp bug eyed loons would call them.
We have seen in the past where attempts to defy salmond can lead, consider the banishment of Margo MacDonald for daring to give up cheek to wee Eck, cast aside to wander in the political wilderness by him and the same people who have been on TV and Radio telling anyone daft enough to listen to them how much they liked, nay, loved her following her recent demise. Then just last week we had the great leaders ex financial guru and bag carrier Prof. John Kay who blatantly rubbished wee eck’s financial and economic gibberish and in doing so he showed how much he was enjoying being out of the sinister malevolent shadow of the great dictator. Even the “mister cellophane” of Scottish politics Patrick Harvey eventually stormed out of the snp cabal known as the yes campaign, proving that worms can indeed turn. Jim Sillars has of course been in a bad mood for years and now he is looking chipper as he sees the edifice starting to crack, he stands to the side gloating with his ever ready big bucket of bulldung to throw over the first minister at the appropriate time.
Then a mister Stan Blackley appears, Stan who? I hear you ask, well, he was one of the chosen ones by the eckster to guide the Scottish ship of State to its Scottish Valhalla as one of the yes campaign’s influential leaders, all 5 of whom are no longer around, all offsky, like a bunch of rats up a roan pipe. This guy (an enthusiastic tree hugger apparently) took his revenge all right, he went public with a withering eye witness account of the shambles that is the yes campaign , his analysis sounded like they couldn’t organise ‘a turn of the wash house key” or a “turn of the close cleaning bobbin”.
There are very few situations that the arrival of a past snp leader can’t make worse and right on cue, last week we saw the arrival of the snp’s very own ‘Bertie Wooster’ ex leader and prehistoric anti gay bigot Gordon Wilson. He announced a novel discrepancy with one of the many mantras of the snp brain dead, the idea that (for the sake of the argument) they would automatically stroll along as before as members of the EU under a separate Scotland. “Be that as it may” (and not many are wacky enough to believe it) opined Gordon as he brought the point to the attention of the snp flock that it was hardly fair to expect the great mass of the Scottish people to have a referendum on separation without having a referendum on EU membership as EU membership is a UK thing and, a separate Scotland would be kind of not a UK thing, that’s a sore yin right alex?. The question is now of course how will ‘del boy’ salmond wriggle out of this one?. My guess is that salmond will employ all his ruthlessness, his ability as a practiced liar and his rat like cunning to ensure that Gordon Wilson will end up ‘sleeping with the fishes’ but someone will follow him.