I’d only just joined the SNP in 2016 when Nicola Sturgeon made clear her support for Hilary Clinton in the US Presidential Election, expressing her apparently unconstrained admiration for a woman already well-known to be accepting funds from oppressive regimes and almost certainly a war criminal, like all other senior US leaders, of course.
I was shocked and wrote to complain, below. I almost left the party again because apparent blindness to the reality of the bloody costs of US foreign policy seems, to me, a far worse crime than anything critics are currently raging against, whether it be the treatment of Salmond or GRA.
I’m going to be, unavoidably patronising here.
Any of you who think that the treatment of Salmond or the GRA are issues of such concern that they might end the Party or lose the next referendum are too close to see what is happening. You’re in a bubble of party constitutional affairs.
Though a working member, the SNP had never been my party but I’m experienced enough to realise that no modern political party could ever be just right for me.
I’m still not pleased about NATO membership. I think fox-hunting and land reform could have been done much sooner. I think we should have dumped the royals decades ago. I could go on but I don’t need to becasue I’m still standing back far enough to see around all the shit to the path, the only path we need to keep out eyes on, the one that gets us over the line into independence.
And, I’m not the only one. Luckily, the vast majority of the support either hasn’t noticed the internal squabbles, doesn’t care about them or accepts that nothing in life can ever be perfect, so they’re going nowhere electorally. They’ll be there in a well-washed horde on the 6th of May and whenever the get the change to vote in a referendum.
All the self-regarding twittering and journalist drooling about the end of the SNP doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.
Ms Nicola Sturgeon
St. Andrew’s House
Edinburgh EH1 3DG
Dear Ms Sturgeon
I write to protest in the strongest terms your pubic endorsement – ‘I’m with her’ – of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. For the record, I trudged the streets putting ‘I’m with Nicola’ leaflets through hundreds of doors.
I am appalled that you think it appropriate use your position to express support for such a deeply-flawed, corrupt, malignant, politician and by implication, associate me, SNP members and other Scots, with your, hopefully, ill-informed personal views.
Hillary Clinton is on record as being opposed to Scottish independence but, worse, she is a well know foreign policy ‘hawk’. She was instrumental, recently, in a series of anti-democratic acts in Honduras, Palestine and Libya. Who can forget seeing her sitting applauding the torture, rape and murder of President Gaddafi, guffawing and exclaiming: ‘We came, we saw, he died?’ This woman is like many leading politicians in larger militaristic, expansionist nations, a cruel psychopath. Is it really enough for you that she is a woman? Will any woman do?
As with Thatcher, just any woman won’t do for me. You could argue easily that the kind of women, macho psychopaths, able to break through the constraints of patriarchy in large imperial states like the UK and the USA (not Scotland) are the kind of women prepared to play its game. True feminists, female or male, might have the sense to recognise that the kind of politics patriarchy allows in these countries is just not for them.
As a committed supporter of Scottish independence, activist, and SNP member, I have tried to avoid comment which could be seen to harm the unity of our movement. However, there are limits. Is it possible that, in this instance, you have forgotten what the number one priority for the leader of the Scottish National Party is?
Dr John W Robertson
Monday 7th November 2016