There’s a lot of this going around from SNP and Unionists alike this weekend.
Because, as we may have mentioned before, they really do think you’re stupid.
We suppose it’s nice to see them all making friends:
But it doesn’t change the fact that the allegation is the most absurdly nonsensical and hypocritical piece of drivel since, well, the last time any of them said anything.
If it’s “cheating” for Alba to stand as a pro-independence list party, why hasn’t it been cheating when the Greens have done it for the last 14 years? Indeed, it’s LESS THAN A WEEK since “senior SNP sources” were telling the press that they’d love to link up with the Greens for the very same super-majority that’s now apparently “anti-democratic” and immoral.
If a party’s view on the constitution is the only thing that counts, then inescapably it must also be cheating for Labour and the Tories to be two separate parties and thereby get twice as many list seats as they otherwise would.
So why is it only cheating if you’re Alex Salmond?
Alba hasn’t put out a full manifesto yet, but we’re absolutely certain that it’ll be at least as different on policy – in particular on women’s rights – as the Tories are from UKIP, or the SNP from the Greens, or Labour from the Lib Dems.
And it would take a very very big leap of credibility indeed to suggest that the schism between Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon and their respective parties is a sham invented to disguise an attempt to game the electoral system. We rather doubt that Mr Salmond, gambler as he is, would have staked spending the rest of his life in prison at the unpredictable hands of a jury just for that.
These are two parties with fundamentally only one thing in common, and frankly we’re not even sure about that one thing, since we no longer believe the SNP have any true desire for independence.
So the idea that Alba should be BANNED from existence – for that is the only possible measure you can be advocating if you believe their entry into the race is somehow improper – only reveals the people above for what they truly are: ideological fascists unwilling to tolerate the slightest form of dissent.
If you believe your cause is just and true, then you trust the voters to vote for it, you don’t try to have the alternatives outlawed. But the rest of Scottish politics – Unionists, SNP and Greens all together – is SO terrified of Alba that even while they sneer at it, they’re frantically trying to delegitimise it as some sort of outrage against decency, for the heinous crime of standing in a democratic election.
So demented are they that they’ve ended up in the mad, grotesque insanity of the SNP furiously defending the rights of the very same Unionists that they spend the rest of the time bitterly decrying as “democracy deniers” for refusing Scotland a referendum, and yet doing it all in the name of democracy.
The very same SNP who constantly insist that Boris Johnson will inexplicably cave if they get a majority, screaming that it’ll all be ruined if the pro-independence majority is too big, and demanding that people let the Tories get more MSPs instead.
Terror stalks the land, and it’s a beautiful sight to see.