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Sunday, 26 April 2015
Listen to the People Gordon
As Harold Wilson said "A week is along tine in politics"
I imagine after thee Scottish Referendum campaign few that within a year the prospect of a secondreferendum was well off and it would be a generation before it happened again.
Indeed I imagine Labour in particular rubbing their hands with glee and making jokes about the SNP holding their National Conference above a pub in Fife.
To everyone amazement there was Tsunami (rather than a surge) in support and Membership for support for the SNP and al the polls point to them taking the majority of Parliamentary seats on May 7th.
That does not mean that a second referendum is on the card despite former Prime Minister Gordon Brown saying the SNP have a "chilling" plan for a second referendum on independence.
Campaigning in Renfrewshire, he said the nationalists want an SNP vote in the general election in order to "force" a second poll.
Mr Brown said the SNP wanted to win seats in the House of Commons "not to deliver social justice" but to "deliver" chaos and constant crisis".
He referred to a video posted on YouTube last month, understood to have been filmed in November last year, featuring SNP candidate Mhairi Black.
"There is an SNP candidate in this constituency. She says vote SNP, get SNP MPs at Westminster and we will twist their arms and get another referendum.
"Remember what the SNP used to say - the referendum was once in a generation, then it changed a little to once in a lifetime, then it was once every 15 years and now when you ask Ms Sturgeon about this her answers are all evasion. She cannot give a straight answer to the question."
Responding to Mr Brown's comments, an SNP spokesman said Ms Black had been making the point that
"if the people of Scotland do in the future decide there should be another referendum the Westminster establishment must not stand in their way.
And that sthe point if the people of Scotland want another referendum then who is Mr Brown to deny them . There was nothing in the SNP manifesto about a second referendum but there might be in the ScottishParliamentary elections next yeat . If there is a clear majority of SNP MSP and if it was in their manifesto then the people will have spoken . The Unionist mantra of "You've had your chance" will not wash. The danger for those who seek Independence however may well come from the SNP finding be influential in Westminster and in control in Holyrood a little bit to tempting. and may discourage them from risking another referendum.