Who’s in who’s out

Stephen Flynn takes over as SNP Westminster Group leader and all of sudden it’s been a little bit of hype for some under-hyped and overly cosy now backbenchers.

It will be of no surprise to ViveEcosse readers who the latest resignations from the SNP front bench are, as they’ve featured in our coverage last week.

First up is Pete Wishart, who holds the title of longest SNP MP at Westminster, something that he seems remarkably proud of while arguing there was no need for a leadership change.

We understand that the change was demanded by SNP MPs who felt the leadership of Angus Robertson, and then through Ian Blackford, seemed to be less about settling up, and rather more about how to settle down.

The comfort and lofty titles of Westminster had an appeal to many MPs and they felt that they could be ‘Stronger for Scotland’ while in effect having no real output. Sure the UK Government has never been called out in so many words, or in so many vivid depictions of evil, however, the only time they were beaten – was when Joanna Cherry decided to go off-piste and take them to court.

Pete Wishart has served SNP well and is a loyal supporter of whatever the party decides each week, however, he is not, someone who will rock the boat. I can understand why he felt the change was not required in the world in which he inhabits – it seems all that can be done is being done.

The backbenchers however mostly disagreed. The Tuesday club decided the time had come. Amusingly choosing the Westminster leader is a very quick affair, the old kicked out, and the new one installed without bothering to ask anyone outside the group. Perhaps expediency is better – i.e Liz Truss, given the mess we see when the whole party gets a say.

Secondly, not to be outdone, certain to be ousted ‘Defence Chief Spokesperson’ Stewart McDonald chucked out his resignation before Flynn even had to ask. Stewart’s largest contribution was a sort of whinge letter to NATO, who had no idea he was, and those who do know who he is – largely thought it nonsense.

Joanna Cherry who would have actually been an asset to the front bench has decided to remain focussed in the Joint Human Rights Committee as chair, showing considerable skill in getting every opposition party to support her in the role. A loss for the SNP but a smart move for Cherry, who can keep tabs on progress from the side.

Nothing of value has actually been lost, as these two enjoyed the comfort of the green bench a bit much. We still await the actual output of the shake-up from Stephen Flynn, which is sure to be some excitement.


What is the change?

I’m becoming bored of Labour, not because they are a cohort of deck shufflers, that have no real ideas or plans, but the grift it taking on new levels.

The ENTIRE policy set on the Labour UK website. Seriously, 5 bullet points is all.

Above is the whole five points they could be bothered to write down, no plan or strategy with them, no details.

So when they post nonsense like this

The constituent being none other than Gordon Brown, former prime minister.

They say ‘it’s time for change’. But what is the change? You see in elections you can be the campaign for stability or change.

Former through losing an election, ending Labour’s most popular electoral run.

Is it possible the Labour Party are unaware that Gordon Brown was the last Labour leader in power? That it was Gordon that lost the election and propelled the Tories into power for over a decade?

How can the man who lost last time, be the change?

Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar are that hopeless, that they’ve had to dig out the former heavyweights to add some credibility. Government in waiting or government of the past?

The reason the Labour Party got wiped out in Scotland was due to utter uselessness and entitlement to power that they took the electorate for granted.

Douglas Chapman’s predecessor was exposed by his constituents for using an expensive private transport service, rather than just using the airport bus. Douglas happens to use his free bus pass avoided expensing it at all.

The “change” that is “coming”.

Labour are currently feeling a bit emboldened with the UK wide loathing of the Conservative Party, but make no mistake they’ll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory before the next election. Planless, strategyless, democracy denying – none of it holds up terribly wrong.


Podcast: The old, ancient and new leaders at Westminster

In todays episode we cover:
– Keir Starmer, Gordon Brown and Anas Sarwars constitutional intervention.
– International and domestic comparisons on the constitution and what we can learn.
– Stephen Flynn and Mhairi Blacks leadership takeover of the SNP MP group.

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Indy X

IndyX in retrospect: Robin McAlpine

Since Indy X in Dunfermline, what progress do you think has been made in advancing the Independence movement?

It seems to me we’ve quite patently gone backwards. I don’t think the most panglossian viewpoint possible would be able to sustain the view that things WERE NOT a mess…

What has your group or organisation added in the last six months that should be featured?

Probably mainly Sorted and work around the care issue, though that might be considered a little more tangential

What next steps do you think we need to take as a movement?

Wait until there is different leadership. I don’t believe any new initiative is possible (certainly not one that will work) unless there is a leadership mentality which will allow it to work

If there was one key message you wanted to share and focus on, what would it be?

We need to sort our house first before we head off on any new wheezes. Until we are in something that, if you squinted, might look a bit like a fit shape for getting things done, we should focus on why we’re not in a fit state. There is no working mechanism via which to do this though.

Any other message or point you would like to make?

My biggest current worry is that there isn’t any remaining source of credibility which is recognised by all. I.e. there is no-one who could say ‘I’ve booked a hall and not only will everyone come, everyone would be willing to at least consider committing collectively to what emerges’. So we don’t currently have any honest broker who could do anything about all of this.


Podcast: Sacked and SORTED

On today’s episode we discuss the sacking/resignation of lan Blackford the SNP Westminster Parliamentary group leader, and then go on to have a chat about the Common Weal new book SORTED – a handbook for a better Scotland.

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