SNP ‘cannot deliver on promises’ with independence says expert
Alex Massie told the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change that the SNP has all the momentum in the argument for Scottish independence but they are not in a position to deliver their promises. Mr Massie also outlined three key issues that are fuelling the support for Scottish independence in Scotland.
Mr Massie said: “At the moment we are in the curious situation where all the momentum is with the SNP but they are not actually in a position to deliver on their promises.
“The case for independence is being made more effectively in London than it is in Edinburgh.
“It is English neglect, indifference and hostility that does more to drive Scots to independence than anything the SNP can promise or offer.”
He added: “There are essentially three components to this problem.
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“The first is Brexit which is the backdrop and scenery.
“The second is Boris Johnson himself there is a 100-point difference between his approval rating in Scotland and Nicola Sturgeon’s rating.
“The third item is the pandemic, the idea has taken root that Scotland has handled this better than the UK Government.
“The UK Government’s perceived incompetence is a further argument for the breakup of Britain.”
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Douglas Ross told the Centre for Policy Studies that disinterest in the union from the rest of the UK is one of the worst things for their fight against the SNP.
Mr Ross said: “Defeatism and disinterest in the union is one of the worst things for our support to hear in Scotland.
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“People who already believe that the union has already lost this argument in Scotland are wrong.
“I do not believe that independence is inevitable, I think we have got a very strong passion positive case to deliver for Scotland’s place in the union.
“We just need to ensure that all unionists believe in that.
“That all unionists get behind that, it is a more positive message that we can take to people in Scotland.”
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