The failure of Scottish political leadership is sad to behold. The consequences of the failure to unite against the SNP has dawned too late upon the main unionist political parties, and there will be reprisals. I have already heard Tories trying to make out that the All For Unity party has spoiled the collective vote against the SNP. This is historical revisionism.
The Tories have known since Oct 2020 that Alliance for Independence was trying to make a supermajority for separation in the Scottish Parliament election. The complaint that Alex Salmond has created his Alba Party to counteract All For Unity is wrong.
The only person advocating this was George Galloway who began the Alliance 4 Unity and the SCP supported the aims of this Alliance. While George stood in the South of Scotland Region, I supported the lead candidate for the Highlands and Islands at that time, Professor Alan Sked, the creator of UKIP and Professor Emeritus of International History at the London School of Economics. The coronavirus pandemic lockdown preventing his campaigning in the north and a new lead candidate was found and the others throughout the eight Regions of Scotland are here.
For a brief window there was hope of a Unionist Alliance or at least ‘an understanding’ when the creation of the Alba party stung Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, into action. He called on the Labour and Lib Dem Scottish leaders to revive the Better Together campaign.
Douglas Ross says it took only three hours for Labour and the Lib Dems to reject his call for a Better Together Alliance
At one point I hoped that Douglas Ross’ equivocal response to this was in fact the same message as the All For Unity.
However, Labour did not want to play ball so they did come on to the field. The Tories then ran away with the ball, claiming that only the Tories could stop the SNP. If only it was so. However, it was more likely that this divisive attitude would only deliver more separatists to Holyrood. Then some Tories wanted to blame the All For Unity for dividing the Unionist vote, instead of admitting their own failed leadership.
If the Tories had called for the Better Together campaign in October 2020 the SCP would have supported this, but their lack of vision necessitated George Galloway filling the gap. We can only hope that there is an understanding between the Tories and Labour Parties to support each other, even if there is no secret deal that they are too frightened to bring into the light of day.
However, in The Times today Professor John Curtice says that the Tories’ claim and strategy has not had an impact.
It is now a bit rich that, at this late stage, Lord Darling who led the Better Together campaign in 2014 is now calling upon the Scottish Tories to support Labour, in the column right beside that of Professor Curtice!
This is a classic example of failed leadership from the main opposition party leaders in Scotland. Lord Forsyth came out in support of this strategy several months ago, although his account with its tweet has now disappeared; Lord Darling should have done so at the same time in order to advise Anas Sarwar on the utility of the pact. An alliance would have helped both the Lib Dems and Scottish Labour. The Lib Dems would win six constituency seats whereas in the last Parliament they had five, and Labour had 23 but it would win 37 constituency seats! As President Lyndon B. Johnson said, One of the first rules for politicians is that its “practitioners need to be able to count”.
Now Tories and Labour are pleading with voters for ‘both votes’ for their own Party, with the same myopic vision. Meanwhile George Galloway has warned about the consequences. To quote his final speech on the campaign trail outside the Scottish Parliament today – the ‘two votes for the same party’ strategy is “psephological, electoral, mathematical nonsense” – rather, vote smart. On the purple/lilac ballot paper, vote for the Party best able to defeat the SNP, which you can find for your constituency here, and on the orange/peach ballot paper vote for All For Unity with your cross.
Scottish Christian Party supporting the aims of the All For Unity Party
Meanwhile the SCP is giving a lead, just as the All For Unity Party is.
The Scottish Christian Party is putting its particular interests aside in order to support the aims of the All For Unity Party, an alliance of individuals and Parties uniting at this time against the existential SNP threat to the continuation and constitution of the UK.
We have put our country ahead of party at this critical time. Hadrian’s Wall belongs to a bygone era and we do not need new borders dividing the United Kingdom.
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