How did the SNP get so good at winning? The electorate knows why

How did the SNP get so good at winning. Glenn Campbell, stressing and magnifying their supposed failures, puts it down to their campaigning strength. The implication, again, is that the electorate is stupid. The truth seems likely to be different. The electorate, or enough of them, know fine well what the SNP in government has done for Scotland, can see clearly what damage the Tories have done in England and how weak the Labour opposition is.

They vote SNP because they know about things like this:

1. Free Tuition. While students in England face tuition fees up to £27,750, Scottish students receive university tuition for free, and always will under the SNP.

2. Record high health funding. We’ve invested over £16 billion in our health and care portfolio, with resource funding up by over 60% under the SNP.

3. Care For All. We extended free personal and nursing care to everyone who needs it, regardless of age – and we’re now taking steps towards a transformative National Care Service.

4. The Baby Box. We’re giving every baby born in Scotland the best start in life by providing the Baby Box for free, filled with essential items needed in the first six months of a child’s life. Other countries, like Ireland, have since followed Scotland’s footsteps.

5. 1,140 hours of free, high-quality childcare. All eligible children now benefit from at least 1,140 hours of funded early learning and childcare, saving families around £4,500 per child per year – and we’re working to expand it even further.

6. New social security system with 11 new benefits. After the limited devolution of welfare powers, we have built Social Security Scotland – the new social security system based on dignity and respect, treating social security as an investment in Scotland’s people.

6. The Scottish Child Payment. One of the new benefits, the only one of its kind in the UK, has been called “game-changing” by charities and will help lift tens of thousands of children out of poverty. In 2022, we are doubling it to £20 a week per child – four times what campaigners originally called for.

7. Free prescriptions. We have abolished NHS prescription charges in Scotland, which are now £9.35 per item south of the border.

8. Free period products. Scotland was the first in the world to make sanitary products available to all those who need them, free of charge.

9. NHS staffing at a record high. Since the SNP took office, there is 25,000 more doctors, nurses and other staff working in Scotland’s NHS, an increase of over 20%.

10. Free bus travel. Over one million Scots already enjoy free bus travel across the country, including over-60s and disabled people – and we’ve now expanded it further to all young people under 22.

and 90, count them, other achievements, listed at this site, but somehow not of interest to Glenn Campbell: https://www.snp.org/record/

9 thoughts on “How did the SNP get so good at winning? The electorate knows why

  1. Yes, the article says more about the attitude and opinion of Mr Campbell than it says about the SNP’s ‘ability’ to win elections. And, as you say, it is predicated upon the premise that the electorate is gullible. It is an example of the old saw: “The People have spoken!….. The BASTARDS!!!!”

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  2. Part of the reason might be that Scotland has,along with most of the other Nordic countries,a social democratic outlook.
    The London based political parties do not.
    Scotland is not England.

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  3. “The implication, again, is that the electorate is stupid.” Its more than Glenn Campbell. There seems to me increasing disbelief in the Unionist camp that folk still vote SNP despite the ferries, how (they allege) Covid was managed here, the limitations on personal freedom (masks) and of course LGBTQ+ (did I miss anyone?). I really dont think they get it at all.
    I’m not sure about this – though have been thinking about it for a wee while – but the paradigm has always been that folk will vote for indy if they consider the SNP to be competent now and would be in the future. Foulkes’ quote about “doing it deliberately” was an early example of this.
    The problem for the Unionists is that there is a good part of the SNP vote – perhaps not it all, because that would be a big claim, but a very significant part – that is motivated not by how well the SNP govern but by a deep commitment to independence. Dont know if you saw this, but perhaps Nicola’s acknowledgement that they do get things wrong (“all governments do” I think she added) was some sort of confirmation of this, and confidence in it. For instance how much of t he indy vote is now motivated by one’s wallet? The loss of value of oil should have caused a major hit on the indy vote, but it hasnt! (though there is a sense of schadenfreude in recent events).
    Cam,pbell is a lying bar steward, we all know that, and is training up lots of little helpers. I just wonder if we have got beyond all that. And if the Unionist side know it – which is why they are so worried.

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    1. iamsoccerdoc “The implication, again, is that the electorate is stupid.” Its more than Glenn Campbell. There seems to me increasing disbelief in the Unionist camp that folk still vote SNP despite the ferries, how (they allege) Covid was managed here, the limitations on personal freedom (masks) and of course LGBTQ+ (did I miss anyone?). I really dont think they get it at all”

      Totally agree with this. But when the BBC and others can’t bring themselves to report positively on any Scot Gov/SNP initiative (remember baby boxes being a fire or drowning hazard?) it is actually the unionist camp that is being short changed of balanced info – the rest of us know where to find out what is actually delivered. The MSM reluctance to report on positives may stem from blind allegiance to the union or even a fear of letting other parts of the UK know about the range of benefits the SNP have introduced, but they do no service to anyone – maybe NS can run rings round opposition MPs because she is fully aware of what is going on while her opponents are only getting half a picture. I know many Scots are desperate for a new referendum but the steady delivery of positive policies, the focus on supporting folk on low incomes rather than protecting the rich and consistent challenges against racism etc are helping to build a better Scotland for all regardless of party allegiance and this might prove more useful long term than a rush to another referendum without wider support

      iamsoccerdoc “The problem for the Unionists is that there is a good part of the SNP vote – perhaps not it all, because that would be a big claim, but a very significant part – that is motivated not by how well the SNP govern but by a deep commitment to independence”

      I was thinking of this as well while listening to yet another half baked “analysis!”of the election results. I suppose you could argue the opposite too for unionists but their trouble is their votes are split into 3 camps for which collaboration is both a dangerous gamble and a potential loss of party identity. In Wales labour & PC seem to manage to work together, I wonder is this because the “threat” of independence is at an earlier stage? Hovering on the 50/50 cusp after 10 years brings it’s own dangers though – stalemate, loss of support, splits etc so I am glad the SNP & Greens have agreed to work collaboratively and only hope the labour indy cohort sees the sense of this and joins in too

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  4. IMHO it goes far beyond policies as quoted it is simply about trust and Scots voters know they have a leader in Sturgeon that despite any perceived SNP failings she will fight their corner. Unionists know she is the linchpin and why they concentrate their attacks and try to implicate her in everything. Frankly I’m pleasantly surprised the SNP did as well as they did against a backdrop of all the recent adverse publicity about Ferries etc.

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  5. I’ve had a look at the snp.org/record page and, while it’s an impressive list, I can think of a couple of important omissions:
    Better government management of Covid saved more lives proportionately than elsewhere in UK despite limited powers, and huge infrastructure improvements to the M74 (Glasgow South bypass), M8 and M80 which have colossally improved traffic flows around Glasgow, with consequent huge savings economically and environmentally (all it took was the political will to make these happen).

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    1. I knew I’d miss something and this is a biggie!

      Scottish Gov initiative and funding in the development of moorable floating tidal energy generation after the UK Gov withdrew all Research & Development funding.

      Scot Gov, with borrowing powers tightly limited by the Devolution settlement, set up a joint initiative with the EU and interested manufacturers to develop prototypes. One of the first prototypes went to the Bay of Funday for proving trials and is now selling 24/7 reliable green electricity to the Nova Scotia provincial grid. Next stage is scaling production up to meet a guaranteed demand and it’s crucially important that this gets done in Scotland to establish us as the world-leaders in this new field.

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