I first met SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie at the Glasgow North East by-election, the candidate for the SNP was David Kerr.
At that election, I found David Kerr to be a good candidate but he was totally in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Labour won that seat in the shape of Willie Bain.
Some people thought very little of Willie Bain, but in time they will realise that Anne McLaughlin who replaced him as MP is utterly useless.
Anyway, Stewart Hosie has said that a failure to deliver on devolution could spark calls for another Indy ref.
There is alwaysa call for another indyref but that is from the SNP and the phoney little groups they have set up by their members.
It is a hollow threat, events have moved on and the Scottish National Party far from being a player on the field is actually a spectator on the side lines.
SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie claims the party could propose a second independence referendum; this is meaningless as David Cameron as Prime Minister has ruled this out. What does this mean, it, means the SNP have no legal authority to call a new referendum.
In order for another referendum to be legal, it would require Westminster to approve another Section 30 order.
The Tory Government has delivered new powers under the Smith Commission, as to the continual claim that there was supposed to be further Smith plus proposals called ‘the vow’, this is a myth.
David Cameron has delivered, it is up to the SNP to prove to the people of Scotland that they can deliver; so far they have failed Scotland. Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon wants new powers but she won’t use the ones she already has, independence by stealth.
Trouble for trouble’s sake, the best thing to do is to ignore calls for further powers and tell the SNP no more.
Hosie says no voters are left thinking they’ve been “sold a pup” because they thought more real powers would come to the Scottish Parliament.
As a no voter, I was sold a pup, I voted against the SNP because the SNP aren’t fit and proper to run an independent Scotland.
Money or powers to Holyrood don’t come into it, and certainly No voters will not be joining Sturgeon’s cause.
No matter how kids she gets photographed with!
The SNP want to use the EU referendum as a vehicle to call for another referendum on independence, if people vote to leave the EU. This is what Sturgeon calls “material change” in the country’s circumstances.
But Sturgeon doesn’t and isn’t in charge of Scotland, David Cameron is, he is Sturgeon’s boss. He holds the real levers of power and of sovereignty, not the SNP.
In an interview with the Financial Times today, Hosie said a second scenario would be:
“If the public – particularly those who voted no – think they’ve been sold a pup because what has been promised doesn’t go as far as... the unprecedented programme of devolution promised by the prime minister.”
Presumably, SNP supporters posing as No voters will be featuring in campaign literate and youtube videos saying they voted no but they have been cheated by Westminster.
At present the SNP is trying to cause further division in the UK by calling for FFA, this will not happen; the reason for this is that Westminster knows that the SNP would create a financial crisis in Scotland which would ripple into the UK causing problems for the money markets.
The Tories have already worked this out, FFA isn’t going to happen.
The SNP are presenting mixed messages which shows not that they are pro FFA but that they are playing silly games, SNP's finance minister, John Swinney, is at odds with Hosie’s stance on a second referendum.
“The First Minister was very clear that there would have to be a material change in circumstances before the SNP brought forward proposals for a further referendum”.
Translated, Sturgeon will only stick her neck out if she feels that she can win, the people’s call which the Nationalists hark on about is a scam; Sturgeon doesn’t give a shit about the people.
Having called for FFA and seeing it rejected by Westminster puts the spotlight firmly on the Nationalists who will be shown as not being able to deliver.
When people go see their SNP MP for help, they will experience the other side of the political coin; they won’t be getting the help they thought they would get!
People have been ‘sold a pup’ alright, they voted SNP, the only silver lining is that the Labour Party needed a clear out of some of its MPs, the public did that ‘cull’ for them, and they will keep ‘culling’ Labour till the light dawns.
Labour cannot take people for granted; they need new people, new policies and a new vision for Scotland.
Stewart Hosie is just waffling, expelling hot air that doesn’t amount to anything important; it really is the ‘cry in the night’.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University