The SNP’s New Plan: Wait For Unionist Voters To Die?
Just a few years ago, the Scottish independence movement was, despite its many flaws, optimistic. This, in turn, engendered among its best elements a confidence, perhaps even a generosity of spirit, embodied by the phrase “are you there?”
No more. The Prime Minister who took office in 2015, confident she had time to finish what Alex Salmond started, can now hear the clock ticking. Sturgeon looks tired, her administration is plagued with scandals, and her movement revolves around itself.
The worst, despite Brexit, despite the pandemic and despite Boris Johnson, polls are not moving in his direction, all while facing, perhaps for the first time in two decades, a government in London with enough confidence in herself as if to reject his demands. for a referendum.
It is this context that probably best explains his unfortunate suggestions that “time is on my side”, and Scotland’s changing demographics mean that delaying the replay of the 2014 vote makes a separatist victory more likely.
Even on his own terms, this is dubious: Sturgeon won’t be the first self-styled progressive to share. Disco Stu’s overconfidence in the future – but it also has ugly undertones. Pro-UK politicians have not hesitated to point out the implication that she is waiting for her (admittedly older) voters to perish. The cartoonists have turned it into “Are you already dead?”
In truth, there are at least as many long-term trends working against the Prime Minister as there are for her. Scotland’s energy exports become less economically significant and politically less acceptable every year. Every year after Brexit, the gap between the UK and the EU increases, which an independent Scotland would have to bridge to the best of its ability. She is in the fall of her own career and none of her possible successors have her in the electorate.
Therefore, the government should resist this clumsy effort to give it another chance to divide this country.
Court rules Lewis ‘failed to fulfill his duties’ on abortion
A High Court judge has ruled that Brandon Lewis has failed to fulfill his duties as Secretary of State by failing to ensure the timely deployment of the abortion service in Northern Ireland. the Newsletter reports.
However, it refused to issue an order forcing the Northern Ireland Office to set a timetable for doing so.
This responsibility has fallen to the Government after Parliament used the most recent collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly to legislate on abortion in the province, a rare example of a case where ‘they overlook refoulement’ ‘is generally considered a good thing.
Sturgeon Accused of ‘Covering Up’ First Scottish Covid-19 Outbreak
In the now-long-running battle between the SNP and the government over the future of the UK, the memory of how each administration handled the pandemic has become a key battleground. Westminster’s unfortunate response did what Brexit couldn’t and breathed new life into the nationalist cause, only for the most recent evidence of the Scottish government’s own mistakes to blow the wind out of its sails again.
This week, opposition politicians accused Nicola Sturgeon of ‘covering up’ the first major outbreak of Covid-19 north of the border. Emails released pursuant to a freedom of information request suggest that the Prime Minister overruled public health officials who believed the event, at a Nike conference, was a “matter of legitimate public concern.” It was only made public in a BBC documentary three months later, according to the Daily telegraph.
Apparent concerns about “patient confidentiality” were used to justify keeping it quiet.
This follows other stories about much more serious mistakes by the Scottish government, such as discharge patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 in nursing homes.