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Fri May 26, 2017, 07:08 AM

9. This focus on the party leader seems to be a trend in Scotland as well.

You know my party allegience by now, but the contrast between the election addresses I've been receiving from the SNP and those from the other parties is stark.

From the Tories, it's all Ruth Davidson, Ruth Davidson, Ruth Davidson. She's been seen scuttling around May like some hyperactive toady on the PM's rare (and moderately calamitous) expeditions up here, but otherwise it's all tacky photo-ops (quite Trump-like, and of the sort that scuttled Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy during the last general election), gross incoherence about the likes of immigration (she can't square the UK Tories' aim to reduce it with her agreement that Scotland needs more immigrants) and "Send the SNP a STRONG message: NO SECOND REFERENDUM!!!"

That latter message was practically the only one in the Lib Dem election address I received - and this in a constituency where the ex-Lib Dem MP (Alan Reid) who was voted out in the last GE is standing again, and if he has any claim to votes it's the fact he was a half-decent constituency MP. He didn't even get a mention by name, but they did include a handsome portrait of Alex Salmond!

I haven't received anything from Labour yet. They do have a candidate now, but his name escapes me.

The SNP's didn't mention independence at all, nor the other parties. It focused solely on Brendan O'Hara's efforts in parliament and for his constituency, and despite the fact that Nicola Sturgeon's got very enviable approval ratings, she didn't figure.

Add complete widespread (and no doubt in some cases wilful) confusion between what are devolved powers (and hence something the SNP can be held to account for) and what are reserved powers (for which the UK government must carry the can), and it's the most disjointed election campaign I can remember.

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