With the SNP on the back foot last year over issues like the currency, membership of Nato and the whole EU debacle, it was perhaps predictable that the party would try to both twist all this round to suit its agenda, and also try to deflect attention in other ways.
Thus in the space of just a few days the Nationalists have made major announcements which seem breathtakingly hypocritical in view of their demonstrable lack of preparedness, doubts over integrity and generally inconsistent and opportunistic approach to the likes of the Bank of England, the EU and Nato.
So after being slapped down in the wake of the SNP's assumption that Scotland could have a representative on the Bank of England's monetary policy committee and rely on the bank as lender of last resort, the party's Yes Minister Nicola Sturgeon is now asking Westminster to enter into negotiations on a "transition plan" about how independence for Scotland would be implemented. Of course, they knew full well what the answer would be before even asking the question, and in view of their presumptuousness regarding the Bank of England, the EU and Nato this all demonstrates that it all amounts to little more than trying to shift the blame for their own inadequacies, and clearly if Westminster can be made to look the villain of the piece then it's a good old propaganda double whammy for the SNP!
Likewise Alex Salmond's announcement regarding a Scottish constitution yesterday, which as well as detracting from his difficult period towards the end of last year seems to be attempting to elevate SNP soundbites and rhetoric to the status of constitutional principles designed to presage some kind of new world order. Indeed, the first minister's suggestion that the constitution could feature a ban on weapons of mass destruction simply underlines his party's unprincipled and opportunistic attempt to claim that Scotland could hide behind Nato's nuclear deterrent while at the same time sermonising the rest of the world on the issue.
And, of course, as well as confirming the SNP as a party of moralising and posturing which effectively uses the constitutional issue to deflect attention from its lack of vision and competence in adequately utilising the Scottish Parliament's existing powers, this latest move underlines the increasingly inadequate Holyrood as an institution of moralising and posturing as well.
Alex Salmond may fancy himself as some kind of Caledonian cross between Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi. But if the public have generally given him the benefit of the doubt since his SNP administration started its journey to the Promised Land, surely they're now beginning to see through this McNero, who's desperate to spend years fiddling with constitutional issues while Scotland's myriad problems continue to burn.