Major loss to SNP in disheartened and disgusted resignation from party of former long term leader of Tayside Council

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.

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  • The words of the man himself can be read here.

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    db May 26, 2016 6:26 am Reply
    • And interesting, thoughtful and rational words they are.
      Thank you for tracking this down.

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      newsroom May 26, 2016 10:52 am Reply
  • I am sad to read of Ewan’s resignation. However to suggest he was disgusted with the Party is ridiculous. The sudden increase in membership challenged the Party’s processes, and the fact that the Party has continued to prosper is impressive. The claimed disconnect between the parliamentarians and the party membership is being addressed and as one who challenges SNP policy and government actions fairly frequently I deem it a responsibility of membership so to do.

    I have no time for those who disparage people for their looks or their political beliefs.

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    Graeme McCormick May 26, 2016 3:20 pm Reply
  • GM

    As someone ” one who challenges SNP policy and government actions fairly frequently” and deems ” it a responsibility of membership so to do” howzabout some answers to the various queries raised yesterday to your comments on the SNP Land Reform proposals.

    To remind you , you stated “All land and floorspace will become a source of public revenue. Land owners need to realise that unless the land is economically viable the parts which are not will be a liability which they would do well to offload just now”

    I along with others commentators on FA await your response

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    Scotnat May 26, 2016 3:34 pm Reply
    • R u impotent? If not,why the bluster?

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      Nae Fear Here May 26, 2016 5:50 pm Reply
  • It’s great to see The Times and indeed For Argyll take such an interest in an ex-councillor, his facebook page and his reasons for not renewing his membership of a political party. Much can be read into the health of political party when someone feels compelled to leave or resign, as the recent resignation of Mr Charles Moran as Chairman of the Calder Valley Conservative Association also illustrates.

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    jake May 27, 2016 2:18 pm Reply
  • It does not matter what the SNP do or don’t do,Independence will be driven by the young of Scotland.
    Cobblers to Westminster.

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    Nae Fear Here May 27, 2016 7:53 pm Reply
  • The wheels are coming off the wagon

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    Regularflyer May 27, 2016 8:40 pm Reply
    • RF, not one MSP gives a damn about us, it’s all about them and their empire building in the Holyrood bubble/love in.
      Only just over 50% of the eligible Scottish electorate turned out for the Scottish GE. What % for the EU referendum?

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      Richard May 27, 2016 10:46 pm Reply

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