Scottish Politics Thread

The increasing desperation of the SNP is palpable. The more they ignore the day job to concentrate on ever more unrealistic policies, the less popular they will become.
As Labour has recently ably demonstrated, the more unicorn farts you offer, the less likely you will be in a position to deliver them.
 
I was about to post about the SNP being a socialist party so I googled "is the snp a socialist party" and this very interesting link popped up:


Now that says a lot about the SNPs recent performance, linking with Irish Republicans etc, I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn is about to replace Nicola Sturgeon as the Dear Leader?

From their "front page":

Nationalist and National Liberation keywords:

ETA (1)

Fatah (21)

Hamas (49)

Hezbollah (23)

IRA (29)

Kosova Liberation Army (1)

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (12)

PLO (7)

Plaid Cymru (23)

SNP (102)

Scottish National Party (30)

Sinn Fein (32)

Taliban (56)

Tamil Tigers (4)
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
Whether they like it or not, come 2300 on the 31st they will no longer be a part of the EU
Which will drive a big hole in their plans to gain independence and rejoin the EU.

BoJo clearly intends to diverge sharply from EU rules and regulations. Which means in 2 - 3 years time, Wee Nippy will have to agree to a series of unpopular measures as a precondition to rejoining the EU. Such as realigning to higher EU rules and tax levels, plus giving up control of Scottish fishing waters and so on.

I'm sure a lot of the screaming about "Freeeeedooommm" is because the SNP can see independence steadily receding out of reach.

Wordsmith
 
Oh dear

The Scottish government failed to properly monitor and evaluate billions of pounds’ worth of privately financed contracts to build roads, schools and hospitals, two public spending watchdogs have said.

In a damning report issued on Tuesday, Audit Scotland and the Accounts Commission found that the Scottish government had signed off on £9bn worth of privately built and financed construction projects without fully understanding how they worked.
The irony

As a result, the total cost for all PFI-type projects in Scotland had grown to £40bn under the Scottish National party, which first won power in Edinburgh’s devolved parliament in 2007 partly due to Salmond’s attacks on the hefty profits made from PFI projects agreed by previous Labour governments.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
Minimum pricing has seen an overall drop in alcohol sales of 3.6%.

This apparently has nothing to do with a certain MOD now living abroad.
 
Minimum pricing has seen an overall drop in alcohol sales of 3.6%.

This apparently has nothing to do with a certain MOD now living abroad.
Are you sure :D :D

But nearly six months after minimum unit pricing (MUP) was introduced, a spike in demand for Buckfast has led to claims that problem drinkers are switching from high-strength ciders to the potent tonic wine.
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
Wee Nippy is determined to pick a fight, isn't she...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/27/home-office-rejects-nicola-sturgeon-plan-scottish-visa-brexit/
The Home Office has given short shrift to a demand by Nicola Sturgeon for a separate Scottish visa system to boost immigration after Brexit. The First Minister unveiled a blueprint that would see migrants applying to the her government for a visa if they pledged to stay in Scotland.
Next week, she'll pick something else Westminster will reject.

About time the Tories turned up the volume on the mess the SNP are making of running Scotland's public services...

Wordsmith
 
Wee Nippy is determined to pick a fight, isn't she...

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/27/home-office-rejects-nicola-sturgeon-plan-scottish-visa-brexit/


Next week, she'll pick something else Westminster will reject.

About time the Tories turned up the volume on the mess the SNP are making of running Scotland's public services...

Wordsmith
Why wait until next week. If you pop back tomorrow, I think it is, when she announces her latest declaration of independence.
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
Why wait until next week. If you pop back tomorrow, I think it is, when she announces her latest declaration of independence.
I'm 20 miles north of London and I can smell Wee Nippy's desperation from here.

Perhaps Sixty could send her some of his stock of Buckfast in the hopes of inducing a full on meltdown.

Wordsmith
 

giatttt

Swinger
Her press conference was spectacular, she proposed to police the great idea by having HMRC change their systems to prevent holders of the Scottish Visa working for companies outside Scotland. How that would work for companies that have branches in Scotland but are headquartered elsewhere in the UK as something that "could be worked out".

Aye right. Anything and everything but doing the day job.
 

Mick9abf

War Hero
Oh dear



The irony



As a Scottish tax payer I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read this. When are the SG going to be held directly to account for this by the voting public, it’s getting to the point that I think Holyrood should be completely binned as it seems that very little sensible decision making is conducted there and it is an expensive ‘luxury’ to be funding when there are enough leeches in Westminster.
 
More Abject failure of the SNP and the damage its done/still doing to our children. Interesting comment from Andrew Neal about how underfunded the opposition is allowing the cult to shout out everyone else and not have their shambolic and hopeless policies challenged/amended

 
As a Scottish tax payer I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read this. When are the SG going to be held directly to account for this by the voting public, it’s getting to the point that I think Holyrood should be completely binned as it seems that very little sensible decision making is conducted there and it is an expensive ‘luxury’ to be funding when there are enough leeches in Westminster.
Totally concur! since coming into being, Devolution/Holyrood has precipitated a steep and undeniable decline in Scotland and the SNP can no longer blame anyone else (Westminster/The English) for their clear, unequivical failure to run a government which benefits the country and the people. NONE of the present politicians in Holyrood are of a calibre that ad value and the whole place should be shut down with immediate effect.
 
Totally concur! since coming into being, Devolution/Holyrood has precipitated a steep and undeniable decline in Scotland and the SNP can no longer blame anyone else (Westminster/The English) for their clear, unequivical failure to run a government which benefits the country and the people. NONE of the present politicians in Holyrood are of a calibre that ad value and the whole place should be shut down with immediate effect.
But but but but...
 
More Abject failure of the SNP and the damage its done/still doing to our children. Interesting comment from Andrew Neal about how underfunded the opposition is allowing the cult to shout out everyone else and not have their shambolic and hopeless policies challenged/amended

I don't see underfunding as the main problem, IMO it's the failure of the opposition in Holyrood to grasp all forms of media to get their message out to those who need to know and will be in a position to make their votes count at the next election. Scottish opposition politicians, local and National need to get on with this now otherwise they can say goodbye to their jobs when, finally, the Scottish public wake up to just how blinkered, mindless and useless the SNP government MSPs and MPs are*.


*With the odd exception
 

tgo

Old-Salt
Totally concur! since coming into being, Devolution/Holyrood has precipitated a steep and undeniable decline in Scotland and the SNP can no longer blame anyone else (Westminster/The English) for their clear, unequivical failure to run a government which benefits the country and the people. NONE of the present politicians in Holyrood are of a calibre that ad value and the whole place should be shut down with immediate effect.
You're not wrong, the whole devolution thing was never going to be anything else but heartache moving forward. Clear case of give an inch, take a mile.
 
You're not wrong, the whole devolution thing was never going to be anything else but heartache moving forward. Clear case of give an inch, take a mile.
I think the hope was Scotland would encourage it's MSPs to get better over time and to develop into MPs when they'd gained enough experience of managing stuff. Having a leader of a major opposition party making it known she had no intention of making that step hurt SCUP a lot as any potential SCUP MSP now will see their chances of becoming an MSP then going on to Westminster as very limited.
 
While everyone is distracted by the whole unfurling of the EU flag at Holyrood on the 31st, the sad fact remains, the armed forces once a refuge from poverty still struggles to offer a chance for those unable to escape. No matter how hard you sell it poverty affects health which can lead to a medical deferral.


Throwing money isn't the solution, actually getting both scotgov and westminster to co-ordinate is a bridge too far….
 
Its more than that
While everyone is distracted by the whole unfurling of the EU flag at Holyrood on the 31st, the sad fact remains, the armed forces once a refuge from poverty still struggles to offer a chance for those unable to escape. No matter how hard you sell it poverty affects health which can lead to a medical deferral.


Throwing money isn't the solution, actually getting both scotgov and westminster to co-ordinate is a bridge too far….
Its more than that town planning has allways been the preserve of local authorities you know the ones who get continual funding cuts.

Many of the best staff in councils (Yes they do exist) are voting with there feet adding to the problem
 

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