While Alex Salmond may only command the trust of ten percent of the SNP membership according to a recent poll, political commentators predict that due to the complex Scottish voting system it is likely that Mr Salmond’s Alba party will be able to secure seats. Polling guru Professor John Curtice warned it was possible Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP could lose their majority in Holyrood after the May 6 election and may have no choice but to band together with an independence supporting party like Alba. But Alex Salmond’s personal unpopularity and Nicola Sturgeon’s war of words against the former First Minister could tear apart the Scottish independence movement completely warns one commentator.
Speaking to talkRADIO, Guido Fawkes journalist Tom Harwood discussed the new party and what it meant for Scotland.
He told radio host Mark Dolan: “These two people have gone from being the closest people in Scottish politics to being mortal enemies.
“I mean we’ve heard how Nicola Sturgeon has got deeply personal already after about one day of the Alba party existing.
“She’s been calling Alex Salmond a gambler, she’s been saying that Alex Salmond loves to gamble.
“She’s been throwing in personal insults as well as political ones and I think that this is really going to potentially tear chunks out of these two parties and breed division within the Scottish independence movement.
“That being said, it does cheat the system a little bit and it does allow this quite complicated electoral system to perhaps be gamed.
“And that could be positive, but the negative on the other side is of course that personality politics.”
Mr Harwood then discussed the possibility that Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond could collaborate in Holyrood.
Alex Salmond is attempting to secure a “supermajority” of independence supporting MSPs in Holyrood for the May 6 elections by only standing in regional list seats.
The Scottish electoral system punishes parties who do well in larger constituency seat by dividing their regional list support by the seats won.
This means while the SNP secure a large majority of support in constituency seat they typically do not fare so well in regional seats which tend to go to Conservative and Labour MSPs.