Thursday, 24 September 2009

The SNP 2007 manifesto - an inconvenient truth

Peter Murrell told me some time ago that technology was key to the SNP's success in the face of an at worst hostile and at best indifferent mainstream media. So let's play a little, using online technology in the new media world - the party Chief Executive could only approve...

First of all download this, and reacquaint yourself with the haughty election ambitions of the party, a party that obviously never expected to win an election.

Now let's start analysing the SNP government's performance by their own yardstick.  After all the SNP are now halfway through their alloted span, so we should see some tangible progress on those all important manifesto commitments - especially those headline grabbing flagship policies, you'd have thunk?

Dualling of the A9?
Council tax abolition?
Scrapping PFI/PPP?
Abolition of student debt?
The Saltire Prize?

and oh so much more, see how many you can spot...

It would appear to me that the SNP are no more, or less, trustworthy than any other political party when it comes to keeping manifesto promises - a pity after the optimism of 2007.

Hey they're just politicians after all, what did I expect? As Homer would put it - and I don't mean him of the Odyssey...

DOH!

9 comments:

  1. Given the fact that they are a "minority" government, it seems to be that they achieved much more than New Labour did with the help of their Lib/Dem partners.

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  2. Really, do you think so?

    I don't really see any evidence of that, not when it comes to significant flagship policies...

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  3. Polaris..

    But come on they have achieved nearly 60% with 2 years to go. Labour only managed 50% in their first 4 years and that was them with a working majority.

    Naws wit urs meens ?

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  4. No, Brownlie old top, the yardstick is what they have achieved against what they promised.

    And as I keep pointing out, what comes up again and again is that many "promises" (SFT, LIT etc) were clearly unworkable from the off, but the promises were still made.

    So were the promisers stupid, or liars?

    Then there's anything to do with local government, which is now covered by the (not mentioned in manifesto) "Historic Concordat".

    Which we can now see does not commit any council to do anything other than accept the blame for the Nat Executive not delivering on its promises.

    All valid points brought up by Polaris, I'd have thought.

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  5. I have to agree with Brownlie and AMW - they are a minority government surrounded by hostiles who will vote against SNP proposals out of sheer spite and malice. But that's neither here nor there - FOLKS don't care if they're better administrators than the Libdems (although they could hardly be worse) - folks vote for them because they promise independence. It's as simple as that.

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  6. Hi Polaris

    I agree with Scunnert. I could mention prescription charges, small business rates, tolls ... But at the end of the day it's all about independence, sentimental or not.

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  7. Well at least the truth is out - I have always thought they were a single issue campaign group who found themselves in government because the other parties were so lamentable...

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  8. Dualling of the A9?
    Council tax abolition?
    Scrapping PFI/PPP?
    Abolition of student debt?
    The Saltire Prize?


    A9 is being spent on. Dualling the whole thing will take a while - things like the ballinluig junction have been fixed.

    PFI/PPP has been stopped, yes.

    The Saltire Prize has been initiated - with oversight from the National Geographic.

    As for abolishing student debt and scrapping the council tax - it's not as though they've dropped their plans. They'll continue to be in the manifesto, they're still party policy, but they can't be implemented without other parties voting for them in the chamber. If I'm perfectly honest, then aye, the abolition of my Student Debts will probably never happen, but the Liberals really disappointed me on a personal level for not backing the LIT proposals..

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