SNP Deputy Party Leader contest sees post-Brexit carpetbagger challenge Angus Robertson

The contest to be SNP Deputy Party Leader triggered by the standing down of the former incumbent, Stewart Hosie [whose white y-fronts, outed by his mistress, are now a feature of the iconography of political satire] is headed by the party’s capable long time Leader at Westminster, Moray’s Angus Robertson.

However, the flotsam from the recent and unexpected vote for Brexit, has thrown up a challenge from a beached carpetbagger – SNP MEP, Alyn Smith.

With the UK coming out of Europe, Smith is looking at a possible job loss and has been motivated to fend quickly for himself.

With one of the lowest attendance records in the european parliament, Smith then stirred himself to grab the lifebelt of publicity in a stirring yell in the chamber in Brussels of what sounded like the Gaelic equivalent of  Joanna Lumley’s rendering of the Gurkha war cry – Ayo Gorkhali.

His full volume theatrics then produced the shout: ‘Scotland did not let you down. Please do not let Scotland down’ – and was followed by a standing ovation in the best am-dram traditions.

That stunt propelled Mr Smith to the forefront of public awareness – cutely succeeded by his announcement that he was standing for Deputy Party Leader.

His claim is that his insider knowledge of the workings of the EU will be useful to Scotland in its role within the UK’s post-Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Mr Smith may not have been most distinguished of the grossly larded MEPs but he is smart and has certainly been in the european parliament since 2004.

Will First Minister Nicola Sturgeon see Smith as more useful to her in the coming years than Robertson – who has been an MP since 2001, who speaks German fluently and who has had a pre-politics professional career as a journalist at several bases in Europe?

This will be an interesting one to watch.

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  • Tosh!

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    A.Salmon July 25, 2016 8:48 pm Reply
    • I quite agree, Mr Smith’s inchoate bellowing in the european parliament was as embarrassing as it was incomprehensible, almost as risible as Nigel Farage’s ill-considered rant.

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      db July 25, 2016 9:51 pm Reply
      • Mono tone Tosh!

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        A.Salmon July 25, 2016 10:54 pm Reply
  • What a choice, Mr Angry or a thespian.
    As we are going through dramatic and tragic times surely it must be Smith.

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    Richard July 25, 2016 9:33 pm Reply
    • Cringe worthy Tosh!
      What’s it got to do with you?
      Are you in the SNP?

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      A.Salmon July 25, 2016 10:55 pm Reply
      • An interesting reply, worthy of a follower of that aspiring Hitler in Turkey. Could democracy in Scotland be going the same way?

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        Robert Wakeham July 26, 2016 1:11 am Reply
        • Watery Tosh!

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          A.Salmon July 26, 2016 4:11 pm Reply
      • I live in Scotland, so I have an interest in who the SNP pick to be deputy leader as it will impact upon me just as much as upon party members. Your posts in this thread are infantile, do you not have anything constructive to say?

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        db July 26, 2016 9:03 pm Reply
        • AS’s postings here clearly show that he has nothing constructive to say. He follows closely in the footsteps of other infantile posters – anyone remember “Nae Fear Here” or “Hugh Jazz”, or is AS merely another incarnation of a singularly braindead SNP supporter?

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          Alex McKay July 27, 2016 12:51 pm Reply
          • Here’s something constructive for you Alex.
            Wimpey.

            Who is Hugh Jazz?

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            A.Salmon July 27, 2016 1:57 pm
        • Good to see you’re paying attention.
          Probably better to watch a progressive Indi party than the shower of Hoolits down South.

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          A.Salmon July 27, 2016 2:00 pm Reply
      • People are allowed to post their comments on this topic even if they are not members of the SNP. We are not yet living in a “police state” but the SNP members are hoping that Scotland will become like North Korea where nobody is allowed to make a comment unless it is in favour of the ruling party.
        God help us if Scotland becomes the same as North Korea.

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        Treble T August 1, 2016 3:08 pm Reply
  • This simply proves the shallowness of the SNP. When is it going to run Scotland and sort out all the problems affecting those of us that live here rather than think only about themselves and daydream about a fictitious independent Scotland.

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    Lowry July 26, 2016 8:14 am Reply
    • lowry-matchstick man or dog?

      A fictitious Wasteminster who cares about Scotland. The brexiters can brexit off to their land of nae hope and nae glory.

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      No Cheese Here July 26, 2016 2:56 pm Reply
  • I’m rising no further to the bait than simply to say your ‘headline’, as per usual, did not disappoint…..

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    Ian Sanderson July 26, 2016 8:50 am Reply
  • AS – especially for you:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ1pKgng3Ik

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    Malcolm Kirk July 26, 2016 5:53 pm Reply
    • Wouldn’t waste my time. Don’t converse with the likes of you.

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      A.Salmon July 26, 2016 6:24 pm Reply
      • That inferiority complex still dominant I see. We don’t look down on you AS – we just offer pity.

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        Malcolm Kirk July 26, 2016 6:54 pm Reply
        • Is that the Royal Nazi We or the bigots you’re referring too?
          I heard tonight THE UNICORN HAS BROKE ITS MOORING/.

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          A.Salmon July 26, 2016 8:28 pm Reply
  • Is that the Royal wee? Arrogance personified are the ukipperrs and brexiteers. Thankfully they are in a minority in Scotland. Even more when Scotland remains in the EU and they head to ruk land.

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    No Cheese Here July 26, 2016 7:39 pm Reply
  • It can only fall on Davidson to “Lead”. The NO Campaign.
    This is Great News For US.

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    A.Salmon July 26, 2016 8:53 pm Reply
    • AS.
      If you are so keen on independence for Scotland will you please explain how an independent Scotland will balance the books. Do not use getting rid of Trident as an excuse as that will result in less tax and national insurance being collected due to over 25,000 workers at Faslane and business providing support services being made redundant.

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      Treble T August 1, 2016 3:21 pm Reply
    • AS.
      If you are so keen on independence for Scotland will you please explain how an independent Scotland will balance the books. Do not use getting rid of Trident as an excuse as that will result in less tax and national insurance being collected due to over 25,000 workers at Faslane and businesses providing support services being made redundant.

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      Treble T August 1, 2016 3:22 pm Reply
      • Iceland,Norway ,New Zealand,Denmark,San Marino ,Lichtenstein,England,Wales,Nirthern Ireland,
        All examples of small countries who could and are making it on the world Stage.
        Is there something inherently wrong with you Re- Scotland?

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        A.Salmon August 2, 2016 12:26 am Reply
  • AS.
    You must be losing the plot if you consider England with a current estimated population of 54.3 Million is a small country like San Marino. Scotland who be a far better country if people like you and NCH went to live in your beloved EU permanently.

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    Treble T August 2, 2016 9:12 pm Reply
    • England may have a pop of 54 million,but they are indeed small. Small minded.

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      A.Salmon August 3, 2016 8:21 pm Reply
  • Ttt I stay in Scotland thanks. If you want to brexit off be our guest. Looks like the brexiters believe Scots should be forced out of Scotland.
    Butchers apron wearers are still as odious as ever. The may even have a wee moustache.

    Scotland to remain in EU

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    No Cheese Here August 2, 2016 11:02 pm Reply
  • NCH.
    The question on the Referendum ballot paper was “Did the voters of the UK wish to remain part of the EU.
    It did NOT ask if the voters of Scotland wished to remain part of the EU.
    You may note that although the voters in Northern Ireland voted by a majority to remain in the EU the Northern Ireland voters are not “bumping their gums” demanding that Northern Ireland remains part of the EU.
    The Northern Ireland voters are happy to accept the will of the voters in the whole of the UK unlike opinionated people like yourself where it is your way or no way!

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    Treble T August 6, 2016 2:43 pm Reply
  • Northern Ireland voters or Irish voters are content to the point that they are requesting in droves the Irish/eu passports. I personally know 2 well kent ulster folk who have applied for theirs-Protecting their interests as they have a wee villa in Spain. Such Brit Nat patriotism. No surrender and all that…. well on the 12th at least.

    Scotland VOTED TO REMAIN. TTT, Cheerio head off to Wales and England you will be happy to be a Mr angry anti immigration

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    No Cheese Here August 6, 2016 2:58 pm Reply
  • I note that the UKOK is considering scrapping plans to go ahead with Trident.
    Quite simply,they can’t afford it now. Same with Hinkley,they are skint and things will get much worse.
    Torys are not the brightest. Must be all that interbreeding!

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    A.Salmon August 7, 2016 7:17 am Reply

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