SNP 'made a mistake' with campaign focus says Carlaw
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Jackson Carlaw told Express.co.uk that Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP are re-running their 2019 general election campaign ahead of the crucial May Holyrood election. The former Scottish Tory leader added that the SNP campaign has been a mistake and as a result, he does not expect the party to be able to secure a majority in Holyrood on their own.
Mr Carlaw said: “It looks to me as if the tide is now turning.
“The longer people are looking at these issues the more it is shifting.
“I have been surprised that the SNP has tried to re-run the 2019 general election campaign by focussing entirely on Boris Johnson and Brexit.
“Part of the problem we found in 2019 focussing on independence was that a number of people said to us ‘look we agree with you about that but it is not really the issue in this particular election.
“I think the flipside is now true, people know Boris is not standing for the Scottish Parliament and they know that Brexit is not the issue of this election.
“They know perfectly well that the issue of this election is independence and the record of the SNP who runs the Government of Scotland.”
He continued: “So I think that their campaign has been a mistake and I do not think it is energising the sort of vote that they managed to pull together in 2019.
“So I think they are absolutely going to have to depend on somebody.”
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Earlier this week, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats warned Ms Sturgeon that her party could become engulfed by “backseat drivers” following the Scottish Parliamentary election.
Willie Rennie told PA Media that Scotland’s First Minister has lost control of the nationalist movement within her party.
Mr Rennie said: “If the SNP, the nationalists, get a majority, I think Nicola will have a whole host of back-seat drivers.
“She’s lost control of the nationalist movement already and I think there will be people shouting out all the time from the back seat telling her exactly which direction to go in and she’ll be beholden to them because she’ll have your commitment to try and pursue this whole independence agenda.
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“But they don’t agree with each other – Alex Salmond wants it on day one, he’s talking about taking to the streets.
“I don’t quite know what the Greens’ strategy is, but we know they changed their strategy a few weeks after the last election, so who knows what they’ll do this time, and there’s not one single view within the SNP about how this should be done.
“Nicola keeps pushing it back and who knows where it will end up.
“She’s almost beginning to look a bit like Theresa May who, despite her best efforts, she’s got a factionalised movement behind her that’s pulling in all sorts of directions, and is trying to control things from the back seat.”
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