Knives Are Out For Blackford
There's no surer sign the knives are out for Ian Blackford than the sight of someone from the party hierarchy being wheeled out to profess 'full confidence' in the SNP's Westminster leader.
Blackford's handling of the Patrick Grady sex pest scandal has been abysmal - the leaked recording of Blackford calling for SNP MPs to rally round the perpetrator (Grady) while having nothing to say about his young victim has done irreparable reputational harm to the SNP.
Nicola Sturgeon herself described this behaviour as 'utterly unacceptable' and while the SNP leadership is collectively responsible for this awful mess, a human shield cum party scapegoat is required to prevent Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrell becoming the focus of attention.
For me the most telling thing about this whole affair is the fact that SNP activists are so scared of the party leadership that Blackford's behaviour was exposed by a leak - no one felt able to challenge what was going on for fear of being punished for speaking out.
The depute leader of the SNP has said he has full confidence in Ian Blackford despite his handling of a complaint against one of his MPs and speculation about a leadership challenge https://t.co/hWD4j2CELs— The Times and The Sunday Times Scotland (@timesscotland) July 11, 2022