I have a new article in The National about the Brecon and Radnorshire result, entitled 'Could by-election-winning Remain alliance work in Scotland?' You can read it HERE.
I see that the reference to a Remain alliance has already attracted one or two hostile comments on social media. In fact, that point is only a small part of the article, but to avoid any misunderstanding about what I'm suggesting (and more importantly what I'm not suggesting), I'll expand on it here.
In my view, offering a Remain alliance to the Liberal Democrats in any pre-Brexit snap election would be a good each-way bet for the SNP, because...
1) There's a 95% chance that the Lib Dems would say no. That would allow the SNP to fight the election exactly as planned, while claiming the moral high ground and demonstrating that the Lib Dems are not serious about stopping Brexit at all costs or about working with others to stop Brexit at all costs. Why would the Lib Dems say no? For a number of reasons. A pact would destroy their long-term strategy in Scotland, which is based on dogmatic, unyielding British nationalism and the securing of tactical votes from natural Tory supporters in selective seats. It would also be humbling for a self-styled "national UK" party to have to stand aside in more than 90% of Scottish constituencies, which is bound to be the condition of any pact. (The Lib Dems are only the strongest Remain party in the four Scottish constituencies they currently hold.)
2) Even in the highly unlikely event that the Lib Dems say yes, the pact would actually work in the SNP's favour. The four seats they would be standing aside in are among the small handful of seats they'd be highly unlikely to win anyway, while Lib Dem support for SNP candidates on an "emergency stop Brexit" basis could be a game-changer in Tory-held seats. There's a Remain majority even in Moray.
3) As you know, I'm a strong supporter of the McEleny/MacNeil plan to use an election to secure an outright mandate for independence in the event that a Section 30 order is refused. For the avoidance of doubt, if the SNP were to accept that plan for the next general election, an alliance with the Lib Dems would be completely out of the question, because there would have to be a pro-independence candidate in every single constituency. But we've all heard the mood music from the SNP leadership: in a snap pre-Brexit election, they're more likely to emphasise their plan to stop Brexit, albeit with a pledge to hold an independence referendum. That being the case, they might as well maximise the number of seats they win.