Credit:     Brian Wilson     Scotsman     (12/09/12)


Jim Sillars’ criticism of the SNP Government as authoritarian, highlights a central problem in Scottish politics, writes Brian Wilson


The pronouncement by Jim Sillars that the SNP runs as an authoritarian organisation with rigid central control reminiscent of the Communist Party should scarcely come as a surprise. Indeed, many within the organisation will regard it as a compliment.


According to Sillars, the SNP are a dumbed-down bunch of yes-people who take their orders from the ruling triumvirate of Salmond, Sturgeon and Swinney. He attributes the fact there has been no Holyrood issue on which dissent has surfaced in the past five years to the ruthlessness of the regime rather than to contented acquiescence. And he is surely right.


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