AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SNP

Is Monday 16th January an unexpectedly red letter day in the battle for Scottish independence? What chance for principled politics for Scotland so early in the new year? Alex Salmond gave his all in leading the campaign for his country’s independence in 2014 but considered his duty to resign when his efforts came to naught.Continue reading "AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SNP"

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SNP

Is Monday 16th January an unexpectedly red letter day in the battle for Scottish independence?


What chance for principled politics for Scotland so early in the new year? Alex Salmond gave his all in leading the campaign for his country’s independence in 2014 but considered his duty to resign when his efforts came to naught.


The Labour Party in Scotland is left twisting in the Gender Recognition Reform wind since 80% of their MSPs voted for the Bill. Will they take a principled stance against both the Unionist government and their own London leader and take up cudgels to defend their right to legislate in Holyrood?


More importantly will Ms Sturgeon fall on her political sword having had her flagship policy fail to make it onto the statute book? A policy in which she invested much, some say a disproportionate amount, of political capital.


Her policy to ask the Supreme Court for their opinion on whether or not Holyrood had the authority to conduct a “gold standard” has failed.
Her continuing mismanagement of the ferries debacle goes beyond the pale


Our own countrymen and women are in the grip of a multi dimensional crisis conjured up by the failed state that is the UK. Ironic is it not that Nicola Sturgeon promised to set up a publicly-owned, not-for-profit company to sell gas and electricity to customers at low prices by 2021 at the 2017 SNP conference? I was there I was excited by the prospect. Blaming that failed state for our ills is increasingly feeble.


The FM ‘s previous omnipotent invincibility is clearly no longer what it was.


Her constant anthem during her eight year reign is “judge me by my record”. Well then, the Health service? Admittedly there’s been mitigating circumstances but Scotland’s Covid deaths on a population basis aren’t that clever on detailed examination.
Her principled stance at COP 26 against the development of new oil fields is likely too to be heading for humiliation given Westminsters current penchant for macho politics.
The Rule Britannia brigade have demonstrated yet again they have nothing but contempt for their neighbours in North Britain. Clearly her back is against the firmest of political walls.


Save us all First Minister from wasting further time and mandates. Stop jousting with the British constitution and Westminster’s conventions.

Resign now and bring on the de facto independence election to Holyrood with the best chance of a positive result for your country and its citizens.


Iain Bruce

Nairn.


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