THE celebration leaders are at the moment on the marketing campaign path all making an attempt to win your votes – however what are they actually like?
We’ve heard their endlessly repeated soundbites and all their wish-list insurance policies however who’re these individuals determined for energy?
So we drag the celebration chiefs away from the political photograph calls to seek out out the kind of people we’re being requested to vote for.
In day seven of our leaders chats Chief Options Author MATT BENDORIS speaks to Anas Sarwar the chief of the Scottish Labour Get together.
ANAS Sarwar reckons making an attempt to win over voters is less complicated than tackling an issue affected person he as soon as had.
The Scottish Labour boss used to work as a dentist in Paisley, the place he needed to take care of a bloke who had been banned by his observe.
He says: “This man had been barred however got here in with actually unhealthy toothache, so I agreed to deal with him.
“However when he opened his mouth he had self-tattooed ‘F.U.’ on his backside lip. And I’m speaking in regards to the full phrases, not simply the letters.
“He mentioned, ‘I tattooed that on particularly for the dentist — as a result of I hate all dentists’. He had even made the hassle to tattoo the phrases on the wrong way up so the dentist may learn them.
“However by the top of it he now not hated dentists and I despatched him off with an awesome set of recent wallies. So after going by that, Scottish Labour chief is straightforward.”
Anas agrees to take me for a spin in his battle bus to talk over considered one of his favorite video games FIFA 21 on the PlayStation 5.
Earlier than being picked up outdoors Hampden Stadium I have to take a lateral movement take a look at for Covid-19 with Anas joking: “I used to be going to wind you up saying you additionally needed to do a urine take a look at.”
I quickly uncover he’s enjoyable, sharp and cheeky, which might be why he’s been like a breath of recent air for Scottish Labour who’ve struggled for an electable chief lately.
He additionally proved he’s bought some strikes on the marketing campaign path when he joined a dance-along in Livingston to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.
The dad-of-three, who has Adam, 12, Ahmed, 10 and four-year-old Aliyan with missus Furheen, says: “I despatched my weans the Uptown Funk video and so they had been impressed.
“Then I despatched them the video of me doing Sweet Man, and that was full and utter cringe for them. However I feel we’re the celebration who appear to be we’ve been having fun with the marketing campaign essentially the most.”
Anas admits he likes to get pumped up for the dwell TV debates — with the final one on BBC One Scotland at 7.50pm on Tuesday — by blasting out Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger made well-known by the Rocky motion pictures.
However he has refused to become involved within the messy constitutional problem scraps between the Tories and the SNP.
He says: “Individuals should have a look at them considering, ‘no marvel Scottish politics is the way in which it’s — that’s simply individuals shouting at one another’.
“If all of us simply become involved in a bun battle it makes it appear to be we’re not taking it significantly sufficient given the scenario the nation is going through with the restoration.
“I’m not afraid to say I don’t assist independence. I don’t assist a referendum however I’m not going to close my eyes to the half of the nation who disagrees with me.
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“The Tories and SNP will make all of it about division quite than how we pull our nation collectively in the course of the subsequent parliament.”
Anas’s father is the Pakistan politician and former Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar.
He adopted him into politics when he was elected as an MP for Glasgow Central in 2010, dropping his Westminster seat to the SNP in 2015 earlier than being elected as an MSP for the Glasgow area the next 12 months.
However certainly he didn’t dream of going into politics rising up?
The 38-year-old, who’s standing towards Nicola Sturgeon within the Glasgow Southside constituency and can also be on the Glasgow regional listing, says: “One of many causes I went into dentistry was as a result of I didn’t wish to observe my dad.
“He bought loads of flak and abuse and we didn’t see a lot of him once we had been children, it put me off.
“Once I finally moved into politics, individuals mentioned he’s helped my profession, however once I was younger he made it more durable as it’s essential to get your individual id and credibility.
“And also you don’t get to be a Labour chief as a result of your previous man occurred to be an MP sooner or later.”
He provides: “However imagine it or not I did all the time wish to be a dentist as a child — a California dentist working in Beverly Hills, not in Paisley.
“Pretty much as good as Paisley was and the way pretty the individuals had been, I’m not going to faux it wasn’t fairly my dream of dwelling in Los Angeles.”
In his downtime he likes to get on the PlayStation together with his children. And whereas the followers had been storming Previous Trafford on Sunday, Anas was working amok as Liverpool on the digital pitch, humping my Manchester United facet 8-0.
He laughs: “My mum performs higher than you.
“However Soccer Supervisor can also be an obsession of mine. I began at 13 years previous and have been enjoying it for the final 25 years.
“I’m at the moment Liverpool supervisor and I’m having a significantly better season than Jurgen Klopp as I’m only one level off the highest of the desk behind Chelsea.”
Within the polls Scottish Labour is at the moment neck and neck with the Tories for second place and Anas believes he can flip his celebration’s destiny round as he has finished together with his Reds on FM.
He says: “Once I took over Liverpool they had been destined for fourth place and I took them to second high.
“Per week earlier than I took over Labour, the Greens had been saying they had been going to overhaul the Labour celebration and we might be in fourth place.
“I nonetheless assume we will take the Labour celebration to first place once more. I’m simply not fairly certain I’ve bought that a lot talent and expertise to show it round in simply 10 weeks since being elected chief.
Ten fast questions for Anas Sarwar:
1 – Final film you watched? Thunder Pressure on Netflix.
2 – Final TV sequence you actually loved? Cobra Kai –it’s phenomenal. If solely Mr Miyagi was nonetheless alive.
3 – Who would play you on display screen? Will Smith, I used to be an enormous fan of Contemporary Prince of Bel Air rising up.
4 – Final time you cried? A couple of days in the past. My mum lives in Pakistan and he or she despatched me a WhatsApp saying she was actually pleased with how the marketing campaign has been going. It made me bubble. I’m an enormous mammy’s boy.
5 – Greatest pal in politics? Neil Bibby – the Bibbster – who’s the MSP for West Scotland.
6 – Politician you most admire from historical past? Nelson Mandela
7 – What would you prefer to have finished in case you hadn’t grow to be a politician? Labored for a charity.
8 – Greatest remorse? I don’t do regrets.
9 – Greatest achievement? Being elected the primary ever ethnic minority chief of a political celebration within the UK.
10 – Submit-pandemic dream? I’m determined to go to a very sizzling nation with the solar beaming down with a lot of solar, nice meals and simply chill.
“But when individuals need me as their First Minister on Thursday then I’m prepared.”
After just a few extra loser taunts at my dire gaming efforts, Anas drops me off, earlier than recalling one other anecdote from his dentistry days.
He says: “I went for an interview in a single observe with a chair that while you pushed the button to place the seat again it performed the Star Wars tune.
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“If you were a nervous patient and you sat down to hear that you would s*** yourself.
“But I always used to say to nervous patients, ‘I just want to reassure you that I’m a pain-free dentist — I never feel any pain’.
“However, when it comes to being a politician I won’t be afraid to take painful decisions.”
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