David Meikle, Glasgow’s only Tory councillor, withdrew from the city’s regional ballot for May’s election, claiming his complaints about a recent internal selection contest had been stonewalled by the party hierarchy.
Meikle and and another candidate had filed official complaints about the procedure a couple of weeks ago.
The Herald revealed earlier this month that Mr Meikle and another Holyrood candidate, Richard Sullivan, had demanded an investigation into the ranking of candidates for the party’s Glasgow list, alleging “electoral malpractice”.
The pair claimed a sudden influx of new members had skewed the result, and that numerous ballot papers bore similar handwriting.
However, the party’s headquarters refused to instigate a probe, arguing there was no need for one.
Mr Meikle, 27, a councillor for Pollokshields since 2007, last night confirmed he had refused to sign nomination papers for the regional list as he felt the process and the result were tainted.
He added that, out of loyalty to his local association, he would remain the candidate for the first-past-the post seat of Glasgow Southside.
Could the vote-rigging allegations relate to our Muslim friends? There is no hint of this in the article, not even "Asian", the usual elite code for "Muslim" whenever wrong-doing is being discussed.
Last year the Herald did report on "Asian" infiltration of the Scottish Conservative party in Glasgow.
Senior Conservatives in Glasgow have raised the alarm over an alleged plot to influence the selection of party candidates.
Seven constituency chairmen and women have written to the party’s central office in Edinburgh about a mass sign-up of members linked to the newly-created One Nation Forum.
Mark McInnes, the director of the party in Scotland, is to meet the seven today to listen to their fears.
The forum was formed last year by businessman Majid Hussain in an attempt to improve links between ethnic minorities and the Scottish Tories, as well as to raise funds for the party.
However, senior Glasgow Conservatives are concerned that the forum may have signed up hundreds of members ahead of the candidate selections for next year’s Holyrood poll.
The retirement of the Conservatives’ sole list member in the city, Bill Aitken, has sparked a scramble for this seat as well as other constituency nominations.
It is believed an influx of forum members to the party could decide the election for top place on the list, as well as influence the contests for constituency selections.
The party is due to select its candidates this week for the Glasgow Pollok and Glasgow Southside seats, the latter of which is being targeted by Mr Hussain.
Note that David Meikle represents Pollokshields, indicating a possible connection between the two reports.
This area has been heavily "enriched" by Muslim colonists. To quote from the Wikipedia page on Pollokshields:
Modern Pollokshields is an area of ethnic diversity, home to large communities of mainly Asian peoples including Pakistani, as well as Indian origin. The area's commercial eastern side is home to a large number of South Asian shops (fruit, meat and clothes shops) attracting shoppers from all over Scotland.
Albert Drive is the location of the two Eid celebrations when the Muslim community of Glasgow congregate to commemorate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Note also that Richard Sullivan, who joined with David Meikle in making a complaint about
the recent vote-rigging allegations, was also one of those who signed a letter calling for an investigation of the Muslim infiltration organised by the One Nation Forum last year.
The signatories to the letter were: Patricia Cunningham in Glasgow South, Richard Sullivan in Glasgow Central, John Anderson in Glasgow North, Archie McIntyre in Glasgow South West, Barbara McCulloch in Glasgow North West, George Clark in Glasgow East, and Randle Wilson in Glasgow North East.
This political discussion forum, where many of the posters seem to have inside knowledge of the goings-on, mentioned the vote-rigging allegations last week (in connection with the departure of another Conservative candidate):
I've heard allegedly MacAskill has been sacked regarding irregularities of a somewhat Rahman nature, specifically the Tory membership in his local area jumping tenfold just before the selection process!
The phrase "of a somewhat Rahman nature" is certainly intriguing. It refers to Lutfur Rahman, a former Labour candidate who abandoned the party and stood as an independent. He succeeded in becoming mayor of Tower Hamlets despite being linked to Islamic supremacist organisations and vote-rigging.
All in all, I'd say the likelihood of our Mohammedan friends being involved in the latest shenanigans is high. Political correctness has now so suffused our media, though, that we are forced to play these ridiculous guessing games instead of being able to read the plain, simple truth.