Time for a quote by Alex Salmond:
“My problem is that I have too many talent people and not enough cabinet positions”!
Support for Scottish independence has collapsed under the leadership of Scotland’s unpopular Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The scale of the collapse is total as under Ms. Sturgeon’s leadership, support for independence has dropped considerably to now an embarrassing 23%.
Previously I blogged that it was a serious mistake to make Nicola Sturgeon, the ‘face of independence’ and to shift her from the health brief!
George Laird right again.
The latest figure of only 23% is the worst level since 1999.
There is further to drop unless Nicola Sturgeon is removed as the Independence Minister and replaced by someone young, dynamic and visionary or old, dynamic and visionary.
The simple fact which is borne out by poll after poll after poll is that she isn’t clever enough to lead Scotland to independence.
You only have to look at the Glasgow Council Election of 2012 in which Team Sturgeon totally mismanaged that election due to stupidity, arrogance and exceptionally poor leadership.
Glasgow Labour Party won by a landslide, losing only one seat from a nearly perfect record.
With a track record of failure, Nicola Sturgeon was wrongly handed the independence portfolio after losing what many saw as the most important election on the road to independence.
The taking of the City of Glasgow!
Nicola Sturgeon and her ‘outsiders’ were rebuffed by the people of Glasgow, much like Ms. Sturgeon was recently rebuffed by EU President José Manuel Barroso. That was another embarrassing episode and PR disaster which shows from top to bottom in society that Ms. Sturgeon can’t attract an audience to hear her point of view.
People aren’t buying what she is selling, fairness, equality and social justice are just words she uses to get votes, people have seen through her like a sheet of glass.
The latest poll has been warmly welcomed last night by pro-UK campaigners, who said voters were growing “increasingly sceptical” of independence.
In trying to salvage something from the failure of Nicola Sturgeon, pro-independence Yes Scotland said the findings failed to take into account recent developments, particularly caps to welfare benefits.
Like Wendy Alexander before her, Ms. Sturgeon has spectacularly failed to connect to the poorest and most disadvantaged in society.
Professor John Curtice, research consultant at ScotCen Social Research, said last night:
“During the course of the last twelve months, the independence debate moved firmly to the top of the Scottish political agenda. Yet the proponents of independence have apparently struggled to capitalise on the resulting opportunity to persuade Scots of the merits of their case. Instead, more voters appear to have become concerned about the prospect of leaving the UK.”
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said last night:
“We are making a strong and positive case for Scotland staying in the UK family and even more people are agreeing with us.”
Scottish Labour’s constitutional spokesperson, Patricia Ferguson, said:
“The people of Scotland are really concerned about jobs and a strong economy.”
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP added:
“This survey shows Alex Salmond is failing spectacularly to sell his dream of separation to the people of Scotland.”
US President Harry S Truman once said ‘the buck stops here’, when will Nicola Sturgeon take personal responsibility for her failure to garner support and realise that her vision of an independent Scotland stinks to high heaven and no one is buying it?
The sooner she realises that she is part of the problem, the sooner a solution can be found, it is time to replace her as independence minister; she is like a Patrick Thistle Manager who believes she has the talent to run Manchester United.
Yet again, the genuine lack of talent in the Scottish National Party is laid painfully bare.
The independence campaign has been badly run, badly organised, crony ridden and not relevant to the people of Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon is the independence minister who is draining support away as each day passes!
The evidence is overwhelming as 23% shows!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University