Tory Brexiteer exposes ‘huge gap’ in Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish independence pledge
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, the Coservative Member of the Scottish Parliament argued Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her SNP nationalists have never fully explained how an independent Scotland could sustain its healthcare system on its own. The Tory Brexiteer said: “We have this huge risk and reward system that comes from being a Union and Nicola Sturgeon and fellow nationalists have never once been able to explain what we would gain. What is going to be better.
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“And all she says is ‘Oh, we’ll be able to make our own decisions. We’ll be fairer’.
“I mean, what does that mean? Because what I’ve seen of the kind of policies they try to deliver, they more than often create confusion, delay and more expense.
“And then they, you know, as we’ve seen with Kate Forbes, they’re constantly going to Westminster blaming them for everything and then asking for more money to prop up the decisions they’ve made.
“No, none of it really makes a lot of sense.
“There’s a huge gap. There’s a huge gap in actually all their arguments, you know.
“How would the NHS work? They’ve never explained that. And they’ve never really explained it to the people how the NHS actually operates and the amount of cross border activity that goes on.
“If you have a particularly sick child or a child or an adult with an unusual disease or problem, you know, there’s a huge amount of cross border activity that goes on.”
This week, former SNP MP George Kerevan claimed support for Scottish independence is “wafer thin” and largely based on the “political charisma” of Nicola Sturgeon.
Mr Kerevan warned the party had drifted to the right and was spending too much time worrying about middle class voters.
The veteran nationalist said senior SNP figures were trying to appease a Scottish “conservative oligarchy made up of lawyers, accountants, bankers, medial consultants, kirk ministers and university professors”.
Writing on the leftwing Conter website, he said: “This group retains a unique, weighty, and reactionary place in Scottish society as it supplied the Quisling institutional base for managing Scotland during the long Unionist overlordship.”
Mr Kerevan was elected MP for East Lothian in 2015 but was unseated by Labour two years later.
He did not stand in last year’s election but the constituency was won back for the SNP by Kenny MacAskill.
Mr Kerevan said: “The foundations of middle class support for independence are wafer thin.
“It is based solely on the political charisma of ‘president’ Sturgeon and the SNP leadership’s slavish support for the institutions of the EU.
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“This provides the professional, pro-EU Scottish middle class with the necessary assurance that the First Minister will personally protect their narrow interests both from incompetent, Little Englander Boris but also from the anti-austerity, democratic passions of the pro-indy underclass in the housing schemes.
“Even when they accept the SNP leadership is drifting rightwards, many party loyalists argue that now is not the time to ‘rock the boat’ – especially as popular support for independence is running at record levels.”
He continued: “But Sturgeon’s softly-softly tactics leave the movement impotent if the British state turns nasty – which it will.
“Worse, the sort of independent Scotland the present SNP leadership is leading us toward will only enshrine the rule of the complacent Scottish middle class and rapacious foreign multinationals, to the detriment of the working people.
“We face a choice between defeat or a new form of servitude.”
Critics of Ms Sturgeon warned the SNP’s middle class support would soon evaporate when the financial implications of independence became clear.
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