The Daily Politics host shot down MSP John Swinney for criticising the Prime Minister after the SNP had previously taken swipes at her for not being elected.
Speaking on the BBC show, Mr Swinney said: “We’re believers in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and we don’t believe that Prime Ministers should be able to play the political games that Theresa May is quite clearly playing. “
But Neil hit back calling it “an unfair criticism”.
He said: “Why can you attack somebody for having no mandate and then when that person seeks a mandate you attack them?
Andrew Neil called the SNP's position on Theresa May's snap General Election an "unfair criticism"
The people will regard this as an absurd processology position you’re in
“It’s surely an unfair criticism to have a go at somebody by saying ‘the PM is not yet elected by anybody’ as Ms Sturgeon said. Why would you make the criticism?
Mr Swinney tried to defend his corner but said the SNP would “not stand in the way” of Mrs May putting a vote to the country.
He said: “Well it’s a pretty fair criticism because it’s a statement of fact based on the fact that the Prime Minister has not been elected so far by anybody.
“Now she’s obviously going to the country, we won’t stand in the way of her going to the country.
“Parliament decided some time ago that there should be fixed parliamentary terms and everybody thought that was a great idea.
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“The reason why we’re departing from that in the vote today is because the Prime Minister sees a political opportunity where she’s got leadership in the opinion polls ahead of the Labour Party to entrench long term, right-wing Tory rule within the United Kingdom.”
But Neil accused the SNP of holding an “absurd position”.
“The people will regard this as an absurd processology position you’re in,” he said.
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Minutes after the Prime Minster announced her bid for a June 8 General Election it emerged the move was a bid to take on the SNP and snuff out the distracting demands for the so-called IndyRef2.
It is understood that Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative Leader, personally helped persuade the Prime Minister that she could cause real damage to Nicola Sturgeon north of the border by calling a snap poll and making it a "referendum on another referendum".
If the SNP loses seats in Westminster it would seriously undermine Ms Sturgeon's claim to have a mandate to run Scotland, where her party has no overall majority.