Having failed to form an administration, despite being the largest group on the council, the SNP retired to lick their wounds but, in doing so, have adopted a seemingly isolationist attitude when it comes to collaborating with the other political groups that form the council.

So, for whatever reason, the SNP group has poured scorn on the proposed attempt to facilitate a cross-party approach, thereby potentially turning down the opportunity to influence some very important policy decisions.

Perhaps we should not be surprised by their recent statements – after all, the SNP group denied council committee positions to councillors who formed the Edinburgh Party of Independent Councillors group because it was made up of defectors from the SNP. So, it certainly appears that it does not need any lessons in how to hold a grudge.

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