Constituency: Glasgow Central 2010 General Election
- Pirate, Finlay Archibald
- Conservative, John Bradley
- BNP, Ian Holt
- Scottish Socialist, James Nesbitt
- SNP, Osama Saeed
- Labour, Anas Sarwar
- UKIP, Ramsay Urquart
- Scottish Green, Alastair Whitelaw
- Liberal Democrat, Chris Young
According to his biography on his personal site, Anas Sarwar is still clinging firmly onto the first phases of youth – only being born in 1983. He was educated in that bastion of bourgeois bumptiousness and smug mediocrity,
“He can frequently be seen performing in bars and venues around
as a singer, poet, actor, ventriloquist and storyteller. On a wider stage, Chris may also be familiar from appearances on television game shows such as University Challenge, Countdown, A Question of Genius, Are You An Egghead? and The Weakest Link (which he won in 2002, having made Anne Robinson crack a smile if not laugh). His writing has been broadcast on both local commercial radio and BBC Radio 7.” Glasgow
I’m even tempted to forgive that guilty law degree he went back to
“Alastair Whitelaw has been a member of the Scottish Greens for nearly thirty years. Professionally he is an university administrator. He is an active trade unionist and stands up for public services (like many in the higher education sector his job is currently under threat). He is also a member of several conservation and wildlife bodies and is an amateur classical musician. He is married and has two children.”
“trusting people to make decisions about their own lives through less government interference, and more work in empowering people to help themselves. He is proud of the NHS, our welfare state and our country’s educational opportunities, but knows that these benefits are built on a rock of small business, entrepreneurship and enterprise. He is proud of
, and knows that a strong Scotland is one with United Kingdom at its heart.” Scotland
“A maths student at
, Finlay Archibald (19) has been heavily involved in running the vibrant Scottish branch of the Pirate Party Strathclyde University . Since joining the party, Finlay has founded the first Pirate student society in the UK . Finlay wants to engage with the people of UK to give them an MP that they can be proud of, something which Labour has proven they cannot provide.” Glasgow
Be still my beating sloop.
Predictably enough, and to end on a partisan note, I'll be supporting Osama Saeed and the SNP come election day. As those of you who regularly haunt the Scottish blogosphere will probably know, Saeed maintains his own blog which can be viewed here.His campaign's facebook page also highlights the various other parts of the web in which Saeed is spreading the word and promoting the campaign. Previously employed by the Maximum Eck, Osama is amongst the most high profile of the SNP's candidates in this election. He is not swamped by dynasticism. He isn't a creature to be put to service by the Labour Party when it wants to ram through votes on nuclear missiles or to inflict whatever grand new theory of public administration it has determined is the way forward in England. His daddy didn't give him his constituency for his 27th birthday present. I absolutely disagree with him on Islamic schools. I'm sure our cosmologies diverge quite significantly. But this isn't an election about metaphysics.
In Scotland, it is an election where much of our policy is devolved, where we have to keep our eye fixed on the divided competencies of Holyrood and Westminster. Where we should think with our "reserved" hats on. Where we, as voters, should ask ourselves fundamental questions about what sort of politics and society we want to work towards. Ask ourselves how we want to deploy the strength of the state, to better the state of the country. Where to spend, where to invest, where to focus our efforts. Having asked yourself these questions, having reflected on the increasingly brazen and degenerate Glasgow Labour establishment which both succours and facilitates the treatment of Glasgow Central as a family fief, I'd encourage you to consider supporting a viable, socially democratic alternative - and vote for the Scottish National Party and Osama Saeed come polling day.