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Mr Neil skewered independence activist and former SNP MP George Kerevan after he appeared to suggest a link between indyref2 campaign struggles to the Apartheid, American civil rights and British colonial oppression. Mr Kerevan posted pictures on Twitter of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi.
Along with these images, he wrote: “People who did not ask for a referendum from their oppressors before they demanded freedom.”
Responding, Mr Neil wrote: “So Scots’ current condition is to be compared to Mandela’s long years in jail under an oppressive apartheid regime?
“Truly the Christmas Sherry has been drained dry.”
The media veteran also mocked Scottish comedian and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli – a Scottish independence supporter – after he launched a separate us and them attack on Twitter.
Commenting on the Brexit deal and the attitude of Boris Johnson’s Tories on Scottish interests, Mr Kohli tweeted: “Look South. Tell me this.
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“Do they represent us in any way, shape or form?
“They are not us and we are not them. It’s not about economics.
“‘It’s not about sovereignty. It’s not even about politics. It’s about morality, integrity and humanity.
“They are not us and we are not them.”
Mr Neil responded: “So Scots have superior morality, integrity and humanity to the English? When did that happen?”
Mr Kohli replied: “Just to the current government.
“Perhaps I should have been clearer. I thought the word “represent” clarified that but obviously not.”
To which Mr Neil pointed out: “You don’t say government. You don’t even say Westminster. Just look South.”
Following the row, the Comedian said: “It was my hope that since I don’t hate or blame the citizens of England and never have, the target of my ire would have been clear.
“I accept that perhaps it wasn’t. Every day a school day.”
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Mr Kerevan’s remarks were also denounced by other SNP members with an MSP branding them “crass, offensive and historically illiterate”.
SNP MSP for Glasgow South Tom Arthur said: “‘Scotland was an enthusiastic participant in both the colonisation of the Indian subcontinent and slavery, with its enduring legacy of racial inequality.
“To equate Scotland’s present circumstances to these struggles for equality is crass, offensive and historically illiterate.
“Crass, offensive and illiterate.”
Cllr Mhairi Hunter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign manager, said: “Please stop.
“This is not going to help us to win independence at all. It is far more likely to put people off.”
At the same time, SNP MP Steven Bonnar launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson’s handling of Brexit as he vowed to “to fight to the death of our country” yesterday.
The MP for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill in a now-deleted tweet said: “We will fight to the death for our country, George. If that’s what it takes.”
The tweet was made in response to Labour peer Lord Foulkes who claimed the SNP would “fight to the death to save our seed potatoes”.
Seed potatoes are seen as a key product for Scottish farmers with exports worth an annual £90million to the UK, with around one-fifth going to the EU.
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A Scottish Tory party spokesman said of the remarks: “The pledge by the sitting SNP MP to fight to the death is particularly stomach-churning.
“Mr Bonnar should have much better things to do, like helping his constituents through the pandemic, rather than writing such fantasies.
“Violence has no place in Scottish politics – those engaging in it should be ashamed and immediately called out by the First Minister.
“The years the SNP has spent stoking grievance and division might make this difficult though.
“These tweets reveal what we have known all along – the true ugly face of Nationalism.”
Mr Bonnar later deleted the controversial remarks and explained: “seeing as it’s the season of goodwill I felt it was dark humour and removed it.”
The SNP has been approached for comment.
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