But they are not wrong are they – It’s Chris Deerin I know but I have to say I agree with him when it comes to Ian Blackford SNP Leader at Westminster. Deerin notes that it has become something of a parliamentary tradition that when Ian Blackford gets to his feet each week at PMQs he is greeted with groans and sighs and even fake yawns across the chamber. While I find this actually very disrespectful of Scotland as a nation and one that should be getting highlighted more by the news and by the speaker I must admit that I get tired of the same old Blackford virtually every week, he approaches PMQs in the same way, with the same platitudes in the main, making little or no impact at all.
Deerin also notes that does it help that almost everyone else in the place can predict his lines before he stands up. There will a grumble about the latest crisis facing the UK government, then a comparison with the much better performance of the SNP administration in Edinburgh, then a final flourish that always invokes Scottish independence as the answer to whatever is the issue at hand. He shows little of Salmond’s guile or strategic brilliance and his only trick seems to be to threaten either to walk or be kicked out of the chamber, without quite fulfilling either scenario.
Again I tend to agree, Angus Robertson was awful as SNP Westminster Leader and set the bar very very low but Blackford has somehow managed to set it even lower. Now if it were my choice I would probably go for Joanna Cherry to lead the SNP at Westminster but we know that won’t happen, Sturgeon and her gender warriors appear to have no time for her, so it appears that Blackford will continue on in the long term until the next GE election and let’s face we will still be in the union and the SNP at Westminster will still be making no impact in any shape or form.
After five years in the hot seat, with an unremarkable track record and a reputation as a repetitive blowhard. His own backbenchers seem to regard him with something between bemusement and contempt.
It does amaze me to be honest that the SNP keep winning elections, this is not down to the genius of Nicola Sturgeon, or the high quality of SNP politicians, it is more down to the absolute shit show that is the opposition in Scotland and the UK, plus the fact that too many of old Scottish Labour migrated to the SNP and are now in for the long haul of not doing anything to move Scotland closer to independence, a bit like Blackford and Sturgeon.