IT was with some dismay I noted a statement from one of our more able female MPs that she voted for the selected proposal at the SNP conference in order to avoid dissent. As a former member who resigned in disgust at the 10 years of shilly-shallying, it is time to be positive and win back those supporters who have left.

In my opinion that next SNP election call should be “A vote for the SNP is a vote to rescind the Treaty of Union”. This could potentially rally the SNP support back to the 50 MPs that we previously had and give a cast-iron case to go to the international courts, no more Oliver Twist mentality (“please sir, can I have some more?”).

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The Westminster Unionists will not negotiate with the present proposal, we all know that. However, there is one further elephant in the room that needs to be addressed urgently and before the election: all SNP MPs elected must be given assurances as to their future. It would be unfair and unrealistic to expect these MPs to be left with nothing in place. As for Unionist MPs left with nothing, they could take the begging bowl to their masters in London and good luck with that.

A Jaap