Monday, July 14, 2008

Glasgow East SNP Photoblog...

... is now live here. Take a look and see what you're missing out on :-)

8 comments:

Ricky Simpson said...

I thought Mason was the candidate? not Salmond....;)

I just cant see the "political earthquake" happening.....

Although - www.snpwatch.com - that may be the political earthquake when the press get hold of it....

Richard Thomson said...

Hmm, but messrs Mason and Salmond can both be seen regularly on the campaign trail. Where are all Labour's big hitters in this by-election, I wonder?

Although - www.snpwatch.com - that may be the political earthquake when the press get hold of it....

I very much doubt it, somehow. Bilious hyperbole and cataclysmic ignorance, especially when allied with an internet connection, is seldom a happy combination of factors, I find...

Ricky Simpson said...

I dont know - a potential Westminster politician openly advocating the creation of an islamic nation (an SNP one at that....)

Labour's big hitters were up...where have you been? - the press werent invited - Curran can campaign on her own ;).

You would think that considering the SNP government is SO popular and all - why is perhaps the most unpopular prime minister still holding 47/33?

Richard Thomson said...

So you've been out campaigning for Labour, then? Given the levels of political insight and charm you normally display, that might help explain the 15% swing to date towards the SNP. You could be our secret weapon for the final week!

As for predictions, all I'll say right now is that if Glasgow East is supposed to be Labour's 3rd safest seat, it's time for the rest to start panicking.

ricky simpson said...

My politics may seem cold in print - but it is charming at the door ;)

How can you not be concerned about Mr Saeed's views? (politics completely aside if you can.) ;/

I accept it is shocking that this seat is not a cert for labour (even although i am confident of a labour win) - its political value is massive.

It changes the news narrative if labour wins and Brown can continue to limp on (and *hopefully*) - turn it around (until some disaster no doubt ruins it.)

I cant see Scots give the death blow to the first Scottish PM from a Scottish constituency in centuries and the people of Glasgow east know that Westminster can only be ruled by Labour or the Tories; and given that choice.....

15% is not that great given the state of labour in Scotland and nationally (and the blame for the economic mess) - the Wendy scandal and all the rest - i would have thought it more for the SNP.

Richard Thomson said...

The reason I'm not concerned is because I know Mr Saeed. Your representation of both his views and the Guardian article on your latest website are gross distortions of reality.

the people of Glasgow east know that Westminster can only be ruled by Labour or the Tories; and given that choice.....

Perhaps. However, a lot of people also realise that sending another Labour member to Westminster will change nothing. An SNP member elected for somewhere notionally as solid Labour as Glasgow East, though - now that really would put the wind up Westminster.

If Alastair Darling is prepared to chuck £2.7bn at Crewe and Nantwich to try and avert defeat, and cancel a fuel duty increase to hang on in Glasgow, just think what he'll be prepared to do in the aftermath of an SNP win.

Richard Thomson said...

the first Scottish PM from a Scottish constituency in centuries

Er, how about Henry Campbell-Bannerman, PM from late 1905-1908 while Liberal MP for Stirling Burghs? H H Asquith (PM 1908-16) while MP for East Fife, or perhaps Alec Douglas-Home (Conservative MP for Kinross & West Perthshire?

Alternatively, you could also have picked 2 PMs who represented a Scottish seat for a period before becoming PM as an MP for a seat elsewhere - Andrew Bonar Law (Glasgow Hutchesontown), and a certain Winston Churchill, who once represented Dundee.

Willie said...

"You would think that considering the SNP government is SO popular and all - why is perhaps the most unpopular prime minister still holding 47/33?"

I think this gives the game away as to whether Ricky Simpson has been campaigning for Labour in the constituency. Keep believing the ICM poll in the Torygraph, Mr Simpson.

Robbie Dinwoodie summed up the position well when he recently wrote:
"The only people who think it's OK for Labour are visiting MPs. "It's 45% for us on a 35% turnout," says one."

"Everyone with a Holyrood background knows it's close. They know all bets are off, that since last May nothing is unthinkable in Scottish politics, that an opposition candidate who garnered more council votes than any of their own party has to be reckoned with. Above all, it's a party machine question. Labour used to have it."