SNP Tactical voting has been asking if a Scottish nationalist blog, in the vein of Labourlist, ConservativeHome and LibdemVoice is necessary to promote the case for Scottish independence. An interesting concept but, in my view too late and now unnecessary.
If members of the SNP had decided this was the way to go with the online promotion of the cause for independence and it must be remembered that only a very small percentage of voters would look online for opinions and information, they should have taken this step long ago. To start one now would seem to be following the three UK parties instead of being part of them.
The SNP is a mainstream political party but, because it is classed as 'regional', it is really between a rock and hard place.
Part of the problem is the official SNP website which if you do a google search for 'Scottish independence' brings it as top. As any reader will realise I don't have a clue about website design but I would have thought the PR department in the SNP would have some idea, although it seems they do not. Unfortunately it is perhaps the least user friendly party website in the whole of UK politics. So many of my readers have asked me why it is so out-dated and difficult to browse but I have no answer. It appears neglected and therefore, in the online world, 'old'. The SNP say they are a modern party but their website certainly doesn't convey that message.
Of course Scottish independence is most important to the people who live and vote here, but it is also of great interest to those who live outside 'the border'. The case for Scottish independence should be known to an international audience and not kept within the tight confines of a Scottish clique. The Gathering was a superb example of ensuring our culture, which includes our political situation, is recognised far and wide. As a supporter of independence the thoughts of others matters to me, whether they are eligible to vote here or not.
As I commented on SNP Tactical Voting, unless someone can come up with a very handsome cheque, plus some SNP MPs and MSPs who decide to give time to promoting the cause online, then there is no point in a Nationalist type of site. As Julie says online promotion is time consuming.
The cause for independence is well represented in the blogosphere in various styles, but the message is the same. Perhaps Jeff's thoughts run to a blog which supports Scottish nationalism and is part of the recognised UK blogosphere. It would certainly need to be free of party influences and allow open debate.
I've decided most of the UK blogosphere do not even consider Scottish blogs as a major players, we are just regarded, as in EU speak, 'regional'.
I will be proved wrong of course and be delighted.