It is being reported that the Scottish Greens are planning on fielding as few as 10 candidates for the up and coming General Election on June 8th. This is to try and stem the Tory recovery, of a kind, in Scotland, and to enhance pro independence representation in Westminster, as the debate over a second referendum continues and the Tories continue to feel very confident in the continued support of Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat voters. This was pointed out to me last night by a Lib Dem friend, who while accepting that they might gain from this policy in some areas of the country, they are however against it.
Tommy Sheppard SNP, the Edinburgh East MP, said the Scottish Greens should be “mindful of not splitting the pro-Yes vote and certainly not splitting the anti-Tory vote”.
The Scottish Greens have said “By targeting resources in key constituencies, such as Glasgow North where Patrick Harvie will be our candidate, we can build on our strong support to win Scotland’s first Green MP, offering a bold alternative to the other parties. “Greens not only reject the damaging hard Brexit, deeply conservative agenda of the current Westminster government, we fight for Scotland’s right to decide our own future and offer a positive alternative for the kind of society we can be.”
Leading YOON Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said: “This is the Green party reaffirming themselves as a pointless presence in Scottish politics. “The propping up of the SNP is embarrassing and a complete disservice to their voters. “Quite simply, they might as well not exist. “If they are so determined to become the SNP, they should disband and merge with the nationalists. “It’s utterly regrettable that a party previously committed to issues like the environment have become nothing but a support mechanism for the SNP.”
There is a wee problem though for Murdo Fraser, the hypocrite was reported in The Scotsman on 17th April, urging Union supporters to vote tactically, listing any party but the SNP as their second, third and fourth choices in the council elections. Not so different from what the Scottish Greens are doing.
I understand the reasons behind the Green move, if it is in fact the case, but I would also understand if some Green voters feel it to be a betrayal given they will be denied the opportunity to vote for their chosen party and it’s manifesto. However, the Greens have done this before, Rupa Huq, was elected with a 274 majority in Ealing Central and Action in 2015, winning backing from the rival Greens because of her vote against article 50 in parliament, her backing for electoral reform and her opposition to Heathrow expansion.
Do I agree with the move?
Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat and former Government Minister, certainly does and was secretly recorded urging Lib Dem supporters to vote Labour despite his party ruling out any kind of coalition deal. The idea being for voters to vote for candidates that can defeat the Tories.
I am not so sure if I agree or not, there would be a temptation not to vote at all if my preferred party or candidate withdrew leaving only other party candidates, even if they are pro YES candidates. It’s a difficult one it really is, the Tories will destroy this country and strip more of our freedoms away so any opportunity to deny them power has to be a good thing, but is tactical standing and voting democratic? Does it reduce the choice for the voters and thereby denying voters the opportunity to express their true feelings? I must admit that there is a part of me that is against it but there is a part of me that totally understands why many believe it should be done. And will it be successful.