Can Clan Alba Grasp This Thistle?

Alex Salmond, Tommy Sheridan and Alex Arthur are not known for timidity – and the 18 women and 11 other men standing for Scotland’s newest Independence party, Alba [pronounced AH-lih-pah], appear to be similarly courageous. They’ll have to be. Unionist and SNP diehard spite continually attempts to smear these three famous men, and other candidates, with the worst possible interpretation of their reported words and deeds – without so much as a mention of the ideological bias of that reporting or of the rebuttals those accused have publicly made.

Scotland’s parliamentary elections (for MSPs to Holyrood, not MPs to Westminster) use a Single Transferable Vote system that mixes ‘First Past the Post’ for the Constituency with the D’Hondt or Jefferson method of Proportional Representation for the List/ Regional votes. I support Alba, with one major misgiving, but I don’t think I’m going to be voting for them on the List. I don’t think I’m going to be voting SNP in my Constituency, either. So I don’t think I’ll be following either of the voting strategies recommended by a party I (mostly) admire. Why?

Firstly, the Scottish context. Alba is largely a breakaway from the Scottish National Party although others for Independence who were not SNP supporters have also joined. Alba is only standing on the List which means that (apart from in 1 out of 8 regions) it’s not threatening SNP seats in Holyrood. The break happened for 3 main reasons:

  1. SNP-dominated Scots Government has failed to protect women and children from unbalanced (and therefore illegal under the UK Equality Act 2010) impacts from the policy capture of transgender self-identity as well as from threats of violence online and in person, mostly from male transvestites against gender-critical women. 
  2. Senior SNP figures appear to have been associated with grave miscarriage of justice in the trial of Alex Salmond (for various offences for which the verdict was either ‘not guilty’ or ‘not proven’).
  3. There is some suspicion that the SNP senior management is too comfortable in a devolved government role and that a fresh impulse is needed for Independence.

Secondly, the global context. Point 1 above refers to the policy of gender self-identification pushed by the SNP (and other parties) in Scotland and many Alba supporters are vociferous in their opposition – while clear that they are not ‘transphobic’. However most of these, and most of the gender-critical women and men I interact with on Twitter, fail to make the connection between this lucrative Big Pharma policy (so detrimental to women and risky to children) and others. I think there are 3 reasons for this failure:

  1. Much of the gender-critical discourse originates in the UK among leftwing women, many lesbian, already well-known for their support of women’s and children’s rights either in academia or in social work/ politics/ community group settings. In contrast, much of the critique of other Big Pharma policy has recently been loudly trumpeted (with its connections generally misunderstood) by rightwing American White men.
  2. Despite the iatrogenic harms of its promotion of Thalidomide, DDT, AZT, and other medical scandals, Big Pharma has gained a place in the hearts and minds of leftwing carers and activists over the last four decades due to its absorption into the pill-popping market (previously dominated by White women and the White elderly) of a new demographic of customers: younger gay men, of all ethnicities, mostly in the post-industrialised global north. Recently it has made strenuous efforts to extend that ageing and always-growing market to heterosexual men and to the global south.
  3. Women speaking in public have been subject to censure for millennia and, anecdotal evidence suggests that the experience of women and men (online or in person) opposing an established discourse is very different in terms of the abuse each sex receives. Therefore women may be, understandably, reluctant to even consider the merits of yet another controversial position that may gain them nothing but more derision. To gay men, and their allies, it is simply unthinkable that ‘HIV causes AIDS and only pills will save us’ is a credo unworthy of belief. Or that even one of the ‘co-discoverers’ of ‘the AIDS virus’ doesn’t believe it.

Right now, globally, there is a concerted, long-planned, attempt to take over the means of democracy for the ends of three inter-connected interest groups who have been attempting to set up elite stakeholder capitalist global governance for at least a century: Big Pharma, Big Data and Big Philanthropy. The Covid-19 phenomena are not only fortuitous for this attempt, they are its implementation.

The inability of the Left to put together the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle (all freely available) means that anyone seeing the big picture is instantly shut down as a nutcase. The mental and emotional labour of reconsidering the ideological basis of one’s cherished identity politics is exhausting and very few are prepared to invest the necessary time or energy. In fairness, the plethora of apparent nutcases (some of whom are agents of the US Operation Mockingbird and others of the UK 77th propaganda brigade) who mix real concerns over Nuremberg Code violations with the delusions of the Flat Earth Society, do not help in providing a clear critique of this New World Order agenda which is variously named.

However, just as gender-critical protest gradually gained consideration and approval, resulting in at least a temporary halt in policy creep, so too there is a groundsurge of concern as one-by-one the predictions of responsible independent investigative journalists (such as Whitney Webb) keep coming true.

With widespread iatrogenic harms, as even a vaccine proponent admits, and the denial of human rights (based on flawed data and inadequate legal provision) already happening in Scotland, my priority must be to support a party that opposes the insidious agenda of the Gates Foundation, the World Economic Forum and the military-industrial complex that together planned this global take-over prepared for in role-play many times.

In other words, unless the Alba party wakes up and takes back the chilling words of Alex Salmond, who apparently wants masks indoors and out [1], despite my disdain for single-issue politics and my lifelong support for Scottish independence, my list vote is going to the Freedom Alliance party and my constituency vote to the least globalist among the unionists. I am not alone in my concerns. Many of us who were politically homeless over gender politics are now (somewhat) politically homeless over medical tyranny.

Grasp this thistle, Clan Alba. Tak tent. Take heed. Saor Alba a-nis. Free Scotland now. From all our enemies.

Bee pollinating purple flower of one green spiky thistle among many.

[1] This point he stated in a video for the Alba Party I watched but I can’t find it online now. The reference is to a newspaper article showing his general credulous and belligerent attitude to Covid-19, though Vitamin D in Scotland is maybe not a bad idea!

Thanks to Robert Lynch for releasing his photo “Bee Pollinating Thistle” into the public domain.

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