THE Salmond inquiry has exposed huge divisions within the SNP. It has also exposed somewhat different views of the same events. With this degree of breakdown in the cohesion of the party, is it really wise to proceed with a divisive referendum request which is bound to cause even more dissent within the SNP as well as split the entire country? The negative consequences for Scotland of attempting to break up the Union are becoming more stark daily. Winning might just be possible with enough spin but making a success of it is beyond the capabilities of a party at war with itself. Boris Johnson saying “no” might very well be the best thing ever to happen to Scotland.

Cherry: I wouldn’t have stood as MP had I known abuse I’d receive within SNP

JOANNA Cherry has said she would never have got involved in frontline politics had she known “the level of abuse and threats” she would receive from within her own party. The high-profile MP and QC was sacked from the SNP’s Westminster front bench earlier this month amid deepening divisions in the party.

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