Monday, December 3, 2012

Scottish independence: Scotland unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lays out her indy ‘vision’, she can’t even guarantee social justice in the SNP, her own party!

Dear All

It seems that Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is going to outline her unusually personal vision of independence.

Quoting the late US senator Bobby Kennedy, the SNP Deputy First Minister will argue that the world “is changed by people who don’t look at things as they are and ask why, but who look at things as they could be and ask why not”.

Talk about grasping at straws, this is nearly as bad as the latest Yes Scotland PR gimmick of sticking a ‘teenager’ on their board.

In her speech, Nicola Sturgeon will attempt to shift the debate away from national identity towards the idea of preserving social justice north of the Border against a privatisation agenda south of it.

In case she missed it; that ‘gag’ used by the SNP Ministers of abolishing poverty doesn’t fly with ordinary people.

In today’s speech to civic and business leaders in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon will argue that for her, the “overwhelming objective is to benefit, not just this but the next and future generations”.

Rhetoric without substance, if it was more than this, the SNP Government would have started local government reform as a minimum.

Sturgeon is expected to say:

“It is about ending, once and for all, the cycle of deprivation, so that our people can enter a thriving economy and contribute more meaningfully to the their own wellbeing and that of the world.”

She can’t end the cycle of deprivation because she has already wants to sell Scotland down the river by giving key areas of banking regulation and control of monetary policy to a foreign country.

No control of our money supply and interest rates.

She will add:

“My conviction that Scotland should be independent stems from the principles, not of identity or nationality, but democracy and social justice”.

A Scotland not controlled by her own Scottish people? And I personally find it offensive when Ms. Sturgeon talks of democracy and social justice given my personal experience in the SNP.

Nicola Sturgeon can't guarantee democracy and social justice to people within her own party never mind Scotland.   

Her speech:

“I believe Scotland has a democratic right to choose our own government and determine her own future, a democratic right to put in place her own values and a democratic duty to make her own decisions.”

Maybe she can explain why two thirds of Scots reject the Salmond/Sturgeon ‘vision’?

Ms. Sturgeon:

“As the people of Scotland make up their minds over these next two years I ask them to base their decision, not on how Scottish or British we feel, but on what kind of country you want Scotland to be and how best you think that can be achieved.”

I think she will find that Scots wouldn’t be buying into fairytales and wishful thinking, they will want to know hard facts, they will want details; they will want evidence based policies.

So far, they are seeing nothing, their questions are being refused answers and the SNP Government is in crisis.

It is said that Ms Sturgeon will extol the Scottish Government’s achievements thus far.

She will say:

“In the 13 years of devolution, great changes have occurred. We lose sight of them in the pell-mell of politics, but unlike the privatisation process south of the Border, our health service remains true to Nye Bevan’s founding principles; our education system has a new curriculum fit for modern teaching and learning; our universities offer education based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay; and our older people have more security in their later years.”

Health, the flagship SNP policy has been exposed as lacking in a number of key areas.

Justice is a farce under Kenny MacAskill.

Education has been botched under Mike Russell.

And Alex Salmond has blown nearly a million quid on three events, the Olympics, a Golf trip and going to watch a cartoon in America, meanwhile ordinary Scots are suffering, their rights are being denied and facing real hardship.

Speaking of 'vision', Team Sturgeon ran the Glasgow City Council Campaign and it was a complete and utter flop.

A complete and utter flop, the Sturgeon 'vision' was a rather unattractive affair to ordinary working class Glaswegians. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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