If you are running a business, you want economic security as much as possible with little risk or minimised risk from the political parties as they push their agenda while in government.
Scotland is a country which
business is backing away from, the continual dragging down the country with
uncertainty isn’t a good climate to contemplate investment at the moment.
Business needs confidence, it needs certainty and it needs it now.
As news trickles down that there is ‘concerns’, the political parties are doing what they always do, blame each other and hope they can get their message over to tarnish the other side. The blame game is one of the reasons why people are turned off politics, it is like a game of ping pong or musical chairs where the main parties just move from government to opposition and vice versa.
Depending who you are and in which party, the ‘causes’ are getting defined as ‘Brexit’ or the nonsense of a second independence referendum being rammed down Scotland’s throat. Scotland’s economy shrank in the last three months of last year because the SNP aren’t planning for Scotland, we keep hearing of the now famous ‘ten year plan’, obviously because of inflation the old 5 year plan isn’t cutting the political mustard.
economy grew by just 0.4 per cent; this is far below the figure of 1.8 per cent
for the UK
as a whole. So, why is the rest of the UK doing so well, it comes down to
investment, the SNP aren’t investing in people and their education, they want a
dumb downed society so they raise immigration as an issue to claim we need
‘skilled’ workers when they aren’t investing to produce home grown talent.
The most important thing a country can do is invest in the education of its people; Nicola Sturgeon as we all know isn’t the genius which the Nationalists like to claim she is, far from it. Our education system in
is in a dreadful state and it isn’t a secret anymore, how can 25% of our kids
leaving primary school be functionally illiterate?
Think about that for a second, 25% of our kids leaving primary school are functionally illiterate?
The SNP take on the collapse of
Scotland comes from their SNP Finance
Secretary, Derek Mackay; he says that the fall is the "economic reality”
of the June 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Derek Mackay as I have
observed in the past is a walking SNP election leaflet, he just parrots what
the party line is at the time, hardly inspiring don’t you think?
Nicola Sturgeon is in
America preaching about the wonders
of ‘globalism and immigration’ and here we have Derek Mackay rejecting Brexit
which effectively means he is just using the same theme as Sturgeon, slightly
This talk by him of Brexit being the ‘evil of all our ills’ is just bonkers, if his case held water we would be economically more or less in line with the rest of the UK albeit our position would be worse as per the norm for Scotland.
The economic reality is that the price of oil has crashed; the good times for that black gold appear to be over for quite some considerable time. As to his take that the foundations are "strong", you can take that with a pinch of salt which reminds me of Alex Salmond and his ‘second oil boom’, which never came to pass.
There might be a second Oil boom, but since Salmond isn’t an Oracle or even a guru, you have a better chance predicting the lottery.
I would also add, what happen to
being the Saudi Arabia
of renewables as Alex Salmond boldly claimed?
Why did that never pan out?
Jeremy Peat, visiting professor at the
’s International Public
Policy Institute says that: University of Strathclyde
“This is just the wrong time for Scottish growth to be so significantly underperforming growth in the
UK as a whole.”
Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP cannot build a stronger
don’t know where to start, what the plan is, how long it would take and
critically they haven’t built up the all important connections. In the world of
high finance, people like to do business with people who can be trusted; would
you back the SNP with their small potatoes mentality?
Oil doesn’t have a lot to recommend itself at the moment.
Scottish services sector was flat in the fourth quarter of last year.
The construction sector has been hit by the fact that major infrastructure projects are coming to an end.
Where’s the plan Nicola for the future?
I will save time, there is no plan, there is never a plan, and things just tick along and if something ‘good’ happens; the SNP claim credit whilst not having done any of the work. Did you see the huffing and puffing by the Nationalist over the £6.3 million investment that Sturgeon’s crew were crowing about, the deal depended on £1.5 million in grants from Scottish Enterprise.
As I remarked, it is hardly Xmas, 44 jobs, isn’t even a drop in the bucket but Nicola needed something to wave about for her highly expensive visit to the
to justify it to voters.
£6.3 million investment doesn’t turn Sturgeon into a ‘Statesman’.
Scottish Conservative shadow finance secretary Murdo Fraser says the SNP Government have to “take responsibility” for the disastrous figures. One thing that Nationalists don’t do is take responsibility for anything, everything is a botched up job when they get their hands on it. Murdo added that he rejected the SNP’s claim that Brexit was to blame for the contraction in the economy.
“If that was the case, why is the rest of the
UK powering ahead, while Scotland comes
to a standstill?
There are a lot people with questions which the SNP can’t answer.
Why is the rest of the
UK powering ahead?
Brexit down there is really the same as Brexit up here, there isn’t a lot when you get right down to it.
Nicola Sturgeon made
the highest-taxed part of the UK
and guess what, there isn’t a land of milk and honey being produced, no nirvana
just loads of people wondering if they will have a job tomorrow. As Murdo
Fraser aptly says, we really are seeing real-life impact of her mismanagement.
Scotland’s government has been run as a part time plaything, then the SNP run
off to do something else which by enlarge is mostly independence related.
Scottish Labour’s Jackie Baillie chipped in her bit when she said the SNP have to call off another independence referendum.
“These figures provide further compelling evidence that the last thing
needs is another divisive independence referendum. With Scotland’s economy flatlining and Brexit
creating unprecedented levels of uncertainty, it is time the SNP government
in Edinburgh started
taking some responsibility for its failures and acted to address them. The SNP
should take a second referendum off the table and get back to governing the
With the economy looking bleak, no appetite for independence in Scotland, and a government floundering being out of its depth, you have to wonder just how bad the defeat will be for Nicola Sturgeon when or if a second indyref is approved by Westminster.
Quick question, can you sell a pig in a poke?
Well, you are about to see Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP try, you can't sell failure no matter how you dress it up, we all know this as a self evident truth, and what is needed hasn't been addressed by the SNP Government, there is no roadmap, just meaningless short term knee jerk announcements to get them over crisis after crisis.
The SNP is a government that has ran out of steam!
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