Dear First Minister
I write to urge you, at this momentous time for Scotland, to stop all negative comments about other pro-Independence parties contesting the election on May 6th. In particular, I ask that you and all of those senior SNP politicians who share cabinet responsibility with you, to desist from any attacks on the Alba Party or on any of its candidates.
I write as a committed SNP member who, as a blogger over 7 years now, has many, many times defended you, your party, your government and the public services of Scotland, against the daily torrent of lies of opposition groups and the media. I defy you, in all modesty (😊), or anyone, to name a keyboard activist more prolific, stronger in evidence, or fiercer in that work, 7 times a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
This is not about the technicalities of the electoral system, but about a far more serious matter – trust. The people of Scotland, millions of us now, who seek independence and the creation of a better country, must be able to trust that all of you, in the parties which support the cause of independence, will put that first and last, above all else, and will desist from all in-fighting until we have that prize firmly in our grip.
Briefly, and for the last time I hope, I too was disappointed to hear of the behaviour of Alex Salmond, but the court found him not guilty and weighing against that, in 2003, he inspired me to march against the Iraq War in which many women, children and old guys like me now were to die. Against the UK/US establishment, he had the courage and the will to push for the trial of the war criminal Tony Blair. These still weigh heavy on the scales in his favour. If they are to be forgotten now, surely his failures must too?
Please, as you have put it yourself, ‘keep the heid!’
Professor John Robertson