From the Herald’s Iain Macwhirter today:
Every so often political parties become so divided that they can barely function. It happened to Labour over Militant entryism in the 1980s, to the Tories over Europe in the 1990s. Now it is happening in the Scottish National Party. Only this is not about socialism, the EU or even independence, but over an obscure issue as toxic as it is undefinable: transphobia.
From him a year ago:
I feel sure I could dig back further and find more such claims from Macwhirter or, for that matter, the likes of Brian Wilson at the Scotsman, but these will do.
Is there any convincing evidence that internal struggle in the SNP leadership is likely to cause it to lose support?
For more than four years, from strength to strength, not one poll revealing the effects on support of apparent internal conflict in the leadership – Mackay, Salmond, Cherry, alleged anti-semitism or transphobia.
The huge membership, the millions of voters, are not listening to the MSM chatter. They don’t understand or give much of a whatever about issues other than, for example, the pandemic, the economy, the observable contempt of the Tories and the obvious solution in independence.
To ‘macwhirter’, to blether pointlessly about Scotland.
As its first editor insisted proudly, before he tried to become on of their MSP candidates, the Independent will criticise the SNP: