He 25th May 2016 edition of The Times newspaper’s Scotland edition carried an article revealing that a senior party politician had resigned from the party in serious disenchantment and indeed recoil.
It reported the loss to the party of Ewan Dow, the former SNP leader of Tayside Regional Council from 1994 to its dissolution in local government reorganisation in 1996.
In an article headlined: SNP members ‘care more about selfies with Nicola than policy’, the paper records that Mr Dow’s resignation from the SNP has been driven is his ‘desire not to be associated with the many supporters and/or members of the party to whom a basic grasp of reality, civility or indeed rational thought seems completely foreign.’
He has also described the party as ‘a cult with selfies’ – a picture with which many would agree.
At the age of 22 and a scant 8 weeks after his election as a councillor to Tayside, Mr Dow was appointed Leader, following the resignation of the then incumbent. He became the youngest ever Leader of a Scottish Council since records began.
When Tayside was abolished, Mr Dow was elected to the then new Perth & Kinross Council, serving as Depute Leader and Finance Convener until he lost his seat in the 1999 Scottish Council elections.
In 2004 Mr Dow was elected to the SNP’s National Disciplinary Committee, re-elected in 2005 and in 2006 – at which point he became appointed convener of the committee.
A young man still, with wide ranging senior experience in office in local government and a party machine insider, that such a man has found it necessary to leave the party in serious disaffection at its direction of travel, this attractive and articulate republican has been, to say the least, frank on Facebook about the state and focus of the pafty tday.
This is a real and substantial loss for the SNP and will no doubt be attended by the tediously familiar online trolling and smear excursions by cybernats licensed to roam.