A national newspaper today carries a story about SNP MP Tommy Sheppard failing to declare his links to the firm which organises Europe's largest comedy festival; in total he has declared one of his three financial interests in entertainment agencies. The paper also states that he is an admitted user of amphetamines thus strengthening the strong suspicion that the SNP do not have any vetting system for candidates. Comedy celebrities such as Paul Merton, Ardal O’Hanlon, Julian Clary & Jenny Eclair, as well as known comic supporters of independence like Frankie Boyle, Janey Godley & Hardeep Singh Kohli, are mentioned as being performers in these shows, many of which carry an ‘overtly political’ message. You must decide for yourself what political leanings they have.
The clearly very busy Mr. Sheppard is also being pursued by Companies House for not declaring his accounts and returns in time which could result in him being fined. He is being investigated by The House of Commons commissioner, an SNP spokesman said “This was an error that has now been rectified. In the interests of transparency Tommy Sheppard is referring himself to the Commissioner." So that’s all right then. The SNP in Westminster look more like ‘Fagin’s gang’ from Oliver Twist with each passing day.