THE acerbic blogger behind the controversial Wings Over Scotland site says he no longer sees the point in launching a political party.

In 2019, Stuart Campbell said he was considering competing at the next Holyrood election in a bid to maximise the number of independence-supporting MSPs.

He told The Times the party would be broadly supportive of the Scottish Government’s key economic policies, but “strongly against” the SNP social policy on reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

Campbell said plans would only be activated “if it looked like there wasn’t going to be a pro-independence majority, which I think is a very real danger”.

However, this week he told The National he could no longer see the point.

“The Wings party won’t be happening, for all sorts of reasons,” he said.

“One of the main ones is that if it had, I wouldn’t have been able to undertake all the investigative journalism Wings has run in recent months about the conspiracy against Alex Salmond, because it would have looked like party politicking.

“But the main one is that I could no longer see a point. I don’t think the problem for independence is going to be lacking a majority at Holyrood.

“The problem is an SNP leadership with no genuine intention of pursuing independence, and whatever happened we wouldn’t have been able to fix that.”

Wings Over Scotland is the nation’s most-read political blog, with about 250,000 unique visitors a month. Regular contributors include the SNP’s Kenny MacAskill.

But Campbell is a deeply divisive figure. Last year, Pete Wishart him as an “absolutely vile creature”.