De­ba­cle ‘de­rail­ing Indyref 2’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Week Civil War Hit SNP -

THE civil war en­gulf­ing the SNP lead­er­ship has left mem­bers ‘ut­terly de­pressed’ and threat­ens to de­rail lin­ger­ing in­de­pen­dence hopes, party sources ad­mit.

The SNP has been left reel­ing by the con­flict be­tween its two big­gest fig­ures, Alex Sal­mond and Nicola Stur­geon.

While he still faces a crim­i­nal probe, she has been left fight­ing for her po­lit­i­cal fu­ture, and in­sid­ers fear there may be worse to come.

One se­nior source said: ‘The key thing is, is there a smok­ing gun? I don’t know the an­swer to that.’ Just a week ago Miss Stur­geon said she would res­tart her in­de­pen­dence cam­paign ‘very soon’. Now that seems like a dis­tant dream to her rank and file. The source said: ‘They are ut­terly de­pressed. They think the lead­er­ship needs to get con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion.

‘This could com­pletely de­rail the gov­ern­ment in terms of get­ting its mes­sage across. If you launch an in­de­pen­dence cam­paign in the mid­dle of all this, it’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to mo­ti­vate peo­ple.’

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