Author Robin McAlpine accused Peter Murrell and Nicola Sturgeon of hand-picking audiences for the hustings and branded the Scottish Government ‘an unrelenting deluge of f**kwittery’
The SNP leadership contest is ‘rigged’ to ensure Humza Yousaf wins, a pro-Scexit writer has claimed. Robin McAlpine, who founded the Common Weal think tank, says the audiences for the Nat hustings events have been “hand-picked” by Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell to protect their preferred candidate.
He branded the contest a “national embarrassment” and claimed the short timescale is a deliberate ploy to make it harder for Ash Regan and Kate Forbes to run a competent campaign. He reckons Mr Yousaf has “peaked” politically so the short time was to stop Ms Regan and Ms Forbes from growing “in stature over the course of a campaign”.
He also claims there are “petty little psychological games and outright corruptions being perpetrated” including asking one candidate to “ask a pointless scripted question at Holyrood during the first week of a three-week campaign”. Mr McAlpine reckons each candidate has just £5,000 to run their campaign as he branded the Scottish Government “an unrelenting deluge of f**kwittery”.
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Writing in his latest blog, Mr McAlpine, who admits to having met with Ms Forbes and Ms Regan’s team, as well as working with Ms Regan to provide her with media training, said: “The rigging of this election is so blatant that even a political ingenue couldn’t miss it.”
He added: “Humza is so weak that making the whole contest look low-grade is basically the strategy.
“It’s not that he’s not being challenged by candidates that could grow to be serious leadership challengers. It’s that neither of them can become that in a week with a budget of £5k.”
He reckons that “even with the full machinery of the party, its researchers, its event organisers and all the rest he (Mr Yousaf) doesn’t look fit to be a First Minister.”
He adds: “The other two candidates were in no position to launch a campaign in the week available to them (one was on the backbenches, one was on maternity leave) but had to anyway.
“Neither Ash nor Kate spent ten years believing this was their manifest destiny, being groomed for power at every stage. So both will grow in stature over the course of a campaign while Humza peaked years ago. The SNP machine knows this and so is making sure they can’t.”
The blog goes on to claim the SNP is “collapsing” and “there is genuine questions about whether the SNP is properly solvent”.
He adds: “This is not how a serious political party picks its leader. This is not how a serious nation picks a leader. Dear god this isn’t how a serious bowling club picks its honorary president.”
However, with the SNP using a single transferable voting system, the candidate with the most first preferences is not guaranteed to win unless they reach 50 per cent plus one on the first vote. That means the second preferences of the third-placed candidate are likely to decide the contest.
The SNP was approached for comment by the Scottish Daily Express but has so far not responded to Mr Alpine’s claims.