SNP demand vote on 1976 Eurovision song contest


Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has described legislation that stops Scottish MPs voting retrospectively on the winning act in the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest as “Unacceptable”.

Incensed that the winning song, ‘Save all your kisses for me’ by Brotherhood of Man, was seemingly pushed through without any consultation of Scottish MPs Ms Sturgeon said:

“You see. Once again the system propped up by Westminster disallows us from deciding who won Eurovision 29 years ago. And I don’t think that it’s a coincidence that an English Act apparently ‘won’.

“We had only just sat down to decide who the best act was and we were just about to agree on the 1994 hit song ‘Love is all around’ by Wet Wet Wet, only to  find out that it was all decided in 1976 through the back door without any reference to ourselves in 2015. Only by achieving independence will we be able to vote on a forgone conclusion in a different time zone. I think.”

The controversial victory by Brotherhood of Man, albeit not controversial at the time, is apparently just the tip of the iceberg amongst a party still furious at their lack of voting power in the Lib Dem leadership contest and complete lack of consultation in Lenny Henry’s winning of New Faces in 1975.

“And do we even get a say in David Sneddon winning Fame Academy in 2002? Ok he’s Scottish so we would have voted for him anyway. But that’s not the point.” Ms Sturgeon explained.

Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to disclose whether Scottish MPs will have a direct say in a 1979 competition to name the new Blue Peter cat.

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