SNP ‘chasm’ could result in ‘breakup’ warns commentator
Journalist Stewart Weir believes the SNP is dealing with so many fractious matters that it is likely the party could split. Division would see Scotland with two parties pushing for independence as their main manifesto point. But the Scottish writer remained sceptical this would be a bad thing and suggested the move could be something Scottish independence supporters and Nicola Sturgeon could benefit from due to the nature of the Scottish electoral system
Speaking on talkRADIO, presenter Mike Graham discussed the state of the SNP.
He said: “On top of the Joanna Cherry story from last week where she was fired from the front bench over her disagreements with the leadership and her friendship with Alex Salmond.
“There’s another MP, an SNP MP I believe, who has added some money to a crowdfunding page for someone who is suing another SNP MP.
“It sounds like a party eating itself.”
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Mr Weir then quipped: “To use a familiar analogy again, I think that would qualify as ‘blue on blue’ or in the case of the SNP ‘yellow on yellow’.
“There is a real chasm growing in the SNP so much so that one or two experts are predicting it could be the break up of the SNP as we know it.
“Which would see two independence parties, now whether that would dilute the membership and dilute the strength of the vote for independence I’m not quite sure.
“Given the way Holyrood is elected and you have multiple votes it might strengthen their hand.
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“Being the sceptic I am on a number of things, I would say there might be some Machiavellian plotting going on in the background that is what one or two are actually looking for.”
Scotland uses Additional Member System for their Scottish Parliament elections and will be using it for the May 6 election.
This system gives the electorate two votes, one for an MP and the other for a political party with seats allocated for each group.
In this case, Mr Weir believes a vote for two Scottish independence parties could fill Holyrood with more independence supporting politicians.
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Joanna Cherry was the SNP’s Home Affairs spokesperson in Westminster and was recently sacked from her post.
It is believed the First Minister and Ms Cherry have personal objections to one another as Ms Cherry was tipped to be Nicola Sturgeon’s replacement in the future.
The sacking was also believed to be related to Ms Cherry’s stance on trans rights amid proposed SNP reforms to make it easier for gender self-identification in Scotland.
Ms Cherry opposed the plans as the SNP is facing a loss of supporters over fears the party is not doing enough for trans rights.
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