It looks like Sturgeon and her SNP mob are doing their best to interfere with the democratic process in Scotland. They don’t seem to want the opposition political parties to deliver leaflets or make any communications with the voters on the run-up to May’s Scottish election citing Covid 19 as the excuse.
The only figure the SNP want in the public eye on the run-up to May is Nicola Sturgeon during the Covid 19 updates.
Alex Cole-Hamilton, a Liberal Democrat MSP has hit out saying “you can deliver mail if you’re a postie or takeaway menus if you’re a restaurant owner, but if you want to deliver leaflets which might criticise the SNP government or set out an alternative point of view, that’s illegal.”
The Lib Dem has a point. The SNP is trying to rule by the iron fist, drowning out political opponents using emergency leveraging to accomplish it. Past leftie regimes did this to silence opposition, and it looks like the SNP are taking this strategy straight from the communist red book.
The Full statement by the Scottish Lib Dem member read: “It’s a curious thing, but right now in Scotland, you can deliver mail if you’re a postie or takeaway menus if you’re a restaurant owner, but if you want to deliver leaflets which might criticise the SNP government or set out an alternative point of view, that’s illegal.
“Ministers have decided that the risk of viral transmission is higher on political leaflets than it is on any other kind of paper.”
Mr Cole-Hamilton added: “Our public health advisers have suggested new and innovative solutions to allow the election to go ahead safely.
“They’re encouraging uptake of postal votes and suggesting that we cast and count ballots over several days, as opposed to the frenetic bustle of a single polling day.
“But without normal, safe campaigning, any outcome will be skewed to the governing party, particularly at a time when the electorate feel obliged to tune in to the leader of that party every day for news of the pandemic.
“If the government believe it’s safe enough to invite people to go to the polls, then it must be safe enough to allow the important activities of public debate and campaigning that precede that vote to take place as well.”
Is this an open democratic process? ‘Is this how democracy works in Scotland?
SNP: “Election in May!”— Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP🔶 (@agcolehamilton) February 11, 2021
Also theSNP: “Whilst takeaway menus are safe to deliver, leaflets that attack theSNP are illegal due to virus.”
“& you can only campaign via the FM’s lunchtime briefing.”
Fine. Let’s have it.
But let’s make it a fair fight.👇🏻 https://t.co/Qu0tZ2AC0U