SNP U-turn on referendum question

SNP exposed by Electoral Commission for trying to fiddle Neverendum question. As they get sent homeward tae think again, AhDinnaKen considers what the Electoral Heidy Commission ruling means for the whole stultifyingly dull campaign.

“we all get humiliated at some point or another during our lives. the trick is not to let it make you resentful or defeatist.” ― Jane Stanton Hitchcock. And that includes when you're staring defeat in the face. Well done Kevin. AhDinnaeKen salutes your indefatigability.

“we all get humiliated at some point or another during our lives. the trick is not to let it make you resentful or defeatist.” ― Jane Stanton Hitchcock. And that includes when you’re staring defeat in the face. Well done Kevin. AhDinnaeKen salutes your indefatigability.

By Longshanker

DO YOU agree that the SNP Yes campaign got sent homeward tae think again?

AhDinnaeKen does.

The SNP’s abeyance to the Electoral Commission advice wasn’t so much a case of fighting and dieing for a wee bit rig and spend, it was more the Nationalists volte facing and daeing whit they were telt by the big boy professionals.

Supine and graceless, as is their want, the Nats quickly took an offensive line as displayed by the Kevin Bagapringles tweet adorning this page.

AhDinnaeKen takes its metaphorical hat off tae Kevin’s audacity.

According tae Bagapringles, the real news isn’t that the SNP had been publicly exposed for intending to ‘rig’ the Neverendum, it was that the UK government might have to concede there is an alternative, however unlikely, to a No vote.

And of course there is. A Yes result will currently get you odds of 5/2 at William Hill. Enough said – a No vote currently stands at 2/7 and Independence by 2020 returns a miserly 1/16.

Alastair Campbell and Tony Blair themselves would have been proud of Bagapringles spin on such a loser’s hand.

It certainly provided a soother for the frothing legion of Cybernats, exposed as drone lackeys to the vanity project cult of Salmondindependence.

As Bullingdon Dave paraphrased at PMQ: “We’re not doing your job for you. You made your bed. Lie in it.”

According to the recently released Social Attitudes Survey around 1 in 4 (23%) Scots believe in Independence.

According to health wonks, around 1 in 4 Scots can expect to suffer from mental health issues – predominantly depression.

Are the two related? AhDinnaeKen thinks we should be told.

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6 responses to “SNP U-turn on referendum question

  1. As concisely insightful and excoriatingly satirical as ever!

    Indeed, what a get-out-clause the EC handed the SNP with that stuff about the negotiations. Which indeed was so vague as to be meaningless, because they surely know that any such negotiations or agreements are certain to be so vague as to be meaningless, as call-me-Dave made clear in the HoC yesterday.

    Thus as likely to happen as the claims that Dave at PMQs told Angus Roberston and the SNP to go feck themselves were even remotely credible, but it all gives the SNP a useful diversion and something to posture about!

    Incidentally, loved Joanie’s column the other day when she said: “All the things that people really care about are decided by the Scottish parliament.”

    But of course the basic premise of her column was that it was such a tragedy that broadcasting isn’t controlled by Holyrood! So presumably the people don’t care much about that, or indeed everything else that the Scottish Parliament *doesn’t* control!

  2. what a get-out-clause the EC handed the SNP with that stuff about the negotiations.

    Indeed. Failed education minster Fiona Hyslop expressly stated to Gary Robertson the other morning “I’m not going to pre-negotiate anything” when referring to European negotiations and our 40 year sentence as Euro citizens.

    The lack of irony spectre looms large on this subject – tragi-comedically.

    You know my feelings of unease and suspicion toward Europe. We’re doomed if we stay in, doomed if we opt out – similar to my view on Indy really.

    As for Joanie and what people care about. The irony deficiency detector just about blows a gasket with her. She cares so much she doesn’t even bother turning up to ask parliamentary questions. Once you could forgive. Six times is utter contempt for the Scottish people who didnae even elect her.

    That’s how much the Scottish ‘plasticine’ parliament means to her and her motley crew.

    Jeesh. Your making me feel cranky thinking about it.

    Still, no matter the outcome of the vote, maybe Scotland will go feck itself.

    Regards.

  3. Didn’t hear Fiona Hyslop’s interview, but indeed this whole EU/UK thing is surely just one huge irony alert!

    For example, this from Ruth Wishart on Bella re Cameron’s EU stance:

    “Let’s be clear. There is not a four deep queue in Brussels anxious to indulge the fantasy life of the most semi detached of its membership. Why would there be ? They have one or two more important things on their minds right now at the heart of Europe. And little appetite for going down a route which might have another two dozen plus states demanding a fresh deal on the grounds of national self interest.”

    Which says what about Salmond’s desire for a special deal for Scotland (at least when he’s not using the “heart of Europe” soundbite he used when Cameron stood out against further EU integration!)?

    As for the “plastacine parliament” – ouch!

  4. Which says what about Salmond’s desire for a special deal for Scotland
    To fall on a rank cliche, ‘if ye didnae laugh, ye’d greet’. The tongue twisting and hand tieing on this is nothing if not amusingly fascinating.

    As for the “plastacine parliament” – ouch!

    Funnily enough, it was Salmond himself who coined the phrase ‘plasticine’ parliament for the Big Parish Cooncil. Expect to see it appear more liberally in AhDinnaeKen’s pages.

    Regards

  5. It’s interesting how the SNP are trying to portray the referendum as basically a choice between Scotland being a member of either the UK or EU. And because they’re both essentially political/economic unions a lot of what they say is contradictory and hypocritical.

    I see Jim Sillars is saying in today’s Times that if the SNP wants him then they only have to ask. Well in view of Sillars’ recently expressed views on Europe I can’t really see that happening (not to mention all the other stuff!), or he’s going to have to perform a bit of a handbrake turn on the issue!

    • And because they’re both essentially political/economic unions a lot of what they say is contradictory and hypocritical.

      There was a point Darling made on Newsnicht recently regarding a Sterling Union ultimately leading to a political/economic Union which echoed the same thing.

      Not Darling’s biggest fan, but he was on the money there. It kind of highlights the irrelevance, more than anything else, of the current push and argument for Indy.

      I like reading Sillars stuff, I can’t get past the Times paywall though. He reminds me a bit of George Laird in tone at times. I can’t even imagine Sillars and Salmond in the same room these days.

      If the SNP’s direction had been left up to Sillars back in the day they would never ever have reached the heady heights of a Neverendum. No doubt he has sharpened knives with Salmond’s name on them when the inevitable happens in 2014.

      Regards

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