The spokesman said the SNP would not tolerate "the London parties ganging up to deny First Minister Alex Salmond the right to speak for Scotland" on television in the run-up to the General Election.Moving on from the right of the leader of a minority administration, which has the votes of somewhat less than the majority of the electorate, to speak for all of that electorate, the reason behind the SNP outburst is this inoffensive-sounding offer:
Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have written a joint letter to the First Minister, calling on him to accept their invitation.
The move comes amid a row over a televised UK debate ahead of the General Election.
Mr Salmond wants to join any televised debate with UK leaders David Cameron, Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg, and has threatened to take legal action to stop any debate featuring only the UK leaders being shown in Scotland.
But now, his opponents say he has "refused" to accept their own offers.
Well, not quite accurate:
A spokesman for Mr Salmond said he welcomed the debates and had received the letters from the various parties.
OK, it is accompanied by a rant that's almost Chavez-esque in its manufactured indignation and punctured self-importance, but that still looks very much like a "Bring it on" to me.