A leading figure in Scotland’s new radical left party has attacked what he called the SNP’s “sectarian tactics”.
Colin Fox who stood as a List candidate for RISE also slammed the SNP campaign in the recent Holyrood elections claiming Nicola Sturgeon’s #BothVotesSNP strategy was inept.
The comments, contained in an article written for the Scottish Socialist Voice by the SSP leader, were published eight days after the Scottish election which saw RISE fail to make any impact. Fox had been one of the leading hopefuls for the new party.
In the article, Fox wrote:
“Nicola Sturgeon’s #BothVotesSNP strategy was inept. One million SNP list votes, which could have elected RISE or Green MSPs went in the bin.”
“The No camp meanwhile is emboldened. It has made significant headway since its victory in 2014. Those who argue the Tories emergence as the undisputed face of unionism is beneficial to the Yes side must equally recognise the SNP’s victory included voters who do not support independence. This is not a nationalist country.
“Moreover the SNP need to be constantly reminded they cannot secure independence on their own. They need allies. And yet those allies have been alienated by the nationalist’s sectarian tactics since 2014.”
The comments are sure to re-ignite the debate over the creation of RISE and whether the new party has introduced division into the independence movement. The party caused anger amongst many SNP supporters during the recent election campaign after it claimed SNP list votes were “wasted”. Some RISE supporters also argued that the SNP would win a majority on the constituency vote alone.
The tactic was blamed for the drop in the nationalist List vote which in turn denied Nicola Sturgeon’s party an overall majority.
The comments from the former SSP MSP brought stinging rebukes from independence supporters on social media.
“I was very impressed by Colin Fox during the #indyref but he has just plummeted in my estimation.”
“40+ years of political activism in Scottish politics has taught me that the Left are parasites on #Indy movement!”
“If it wasn’t for the SNP putting independence in the forefront of Scottish politics nobody would ever have heard of Fox again.”
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