26 Oct 2012
The SNP is “bitter together and busted apart” after its most bruising week in government, Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw has said.
It started with Alex Salmond narrowly winning a vote to drop the party’s longstanding opposition to Nato, a move initially viewed as a triumph, but which resulted in two MSP resignations.
Then the First Minister and his deputy Nicola Sturgeon were caught giving conflicting accounts on whether or not the Scottish Government had sought legal advice on a separate Scotland’s automatic entry to the EU.
Speaking at a Scottish Conservative lunch in Inverness today, deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“This week it really has been bitter together and busted apart for the SNP.
“We’ve had two resignations, leaving the government’s majority at just one, while others SNP MSPs and others in the party are still considering their position.
“Given the arrogance of the SNP leadership, it will be a huge surprise if they don’t lose yet more MSPs and party members in the coming days, weeks and months as the split in the SNP sours further.
“After the events of this week, and once the news cycle has moved on, the legacy of this week for Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon will be the lack of trust and confidence which the people of Scotland have in their ‘evidence’ for separation.
“The nonsense of this week really does beg the question: what else have they duped the public on?”