Any diligent reader of No Thanks! (there are a few) will have noticed from my last post that I’ve been away for a few days, somewhere else as our first minister would say ‘in these islands.’ On my return yet another manufactured SNP outrage is in full flow – Conservative MP and secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell’s opening of a foodbank in Dumfries.
I think that’s a full house the SNP have got now in the beasting of their remaining Scottish opponents at Westminster. The narrative goes something like this:
- Carmichael, Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland – cheat, liar, we wuz robbed, Lib Dems are history, ‘Out! Out! Out!’
- Mundell, Conservative, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale – Viceroy of Scotland, foodbanks, disgrace, Tory-free zone, ‘Out! Out! Out!’
- Murray, Labour, Edinburgh South – ‘Who?’, Slab, Hahaha, betrayal, ‘Out! Out! Out!’
You’ll rarely find the fingerprints of the suits (and high heels) at the top of the SNP on this sort of stuff. But you don’t have to look far before you find an SNP branch or its members involved. And if the first wave of activists doesn’t work, send in reinforcements – the people who’ve got the wit to understand how you can mount a (probably spurious) legal case against an election result, the MP whose brain clicks into gear and realises there might have been a minor breach of parliamentary etiquette and someone went to someone else’s constituency without telling them (maybe).
One is of course touched by the concern of an SNP MP (someone called Arkless in this case) for parliamentary etiquette. This is the SNP in full hypocrisy mode, the same happy-clappies who applaud each other’s parliamentary speeches, pile onto the Labour front bench and shove Dennis Skinner out of the way to get a good seat.
There are many things the SNP should remember. One is that although they have 56 out of 59 MPs in Scotland, they got those seats with the lowest number of votes per elected MP of any party in the UK. Another is that just over 50% of us didn’t vote for them and don’t want them in power. Their air of continued triumphalism and determination to do down even the three non-SNP Scottish MPs in parliament is unseemly at best, sinister at worst.
I never agreed with their one arguably noble cause – independence – but I can see that properly pursued there could be a sort of moral high ground lurking in that overarching aim. Sadly, their day-to-day modus operandi shows them for what they really are. Scotland is warned.
Beasting – (Especially in the armed forces) the process of subjecting a new recruit to harsh treatment in order to instil discipline (Oxford online dictionary)