Independence or not…

Nicola & PatrickI’m intrigued by this suggestion from Lesley Riddoch.  Is it possible?  Can the SNP and Scottish Green Party have some kind of joint manifesto?

Personally, I remain unconvinced, not out of spite or hatred for either party, far from it.  No, my doubt is there because I wonder what reaction this would get from the supporters of both.

The only question that both sets of supporters need to ask, in my opinion, is this: Do we really want independence?  If the answer is an unequivocal ‘yes’, then there really is only one choice and this is for both sets to vote for the SNP.  In a WM general election the Green vote can only succeed in splitting the votes for pro-independence candidates.

Now, this may not serve democracy, in that choice is being limited, but should the Scottish Green Party sit this one out and urge their supporters to vote for the SNP?  There are calls from Unionists for a Labour/LibDem/Tory attack on the SNP.  To me, every single supporter of independence needs to support the SNP at this one general election.  The ends will justify the means.

So, do they want independence?  Yes or no?


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3 Responses to Independence or not…

  1. topherdawson says:

    Yes we Scottish Greens want Independence. Yes I support us not standing candidates in Mundell’s constituency where the SNP came within 798 votes of unseating him, and the Greens polled 839. Yes the same goes for Calum Kerr’s seat where he has a majority of 328 and we polled 631. If there are any similar seats I have not noticed, let the Greens and the SNP talk about them.

    But for all the rest? I think we are free to stand where we want, or why be a party at all?

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  2. Graeme Dingwall says:

    Without a shadow doubt do I want independence and yes a joint manifesto would I think serve Scotland and I’ve always thought government and parties should work together, after all its for a better Scotland.

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