SNP’s Ian Blackford shamed as plot for independence dismantled ‘look at OWN track record!’ | UK | News

Mr Blackford was appearing on the BBC’s Politics Live programme when he staged another intervention into the debate on Scottish independence. His insistence that the Scottish people be able to determine their own future came after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon again demanded the UK Government grant Scotland another referendum on its membership of the Union. Boris Johnson responded to the demand by urging her to work with him to “bring the whole of the United Kingdom together”.

Speaking on the BBC, Mr Blackford said: “We are delivering on social justice issues. Our nationalism is a civic nationalism.

“An awful lot of people were gobsmacked that more than half the people I was out campaigning with were English.

“Becuase they have come to Scotland to make their home a socially democratic place.”

But economist and commentator Kate Andrews responded to Mr Blackford’s claims by dismantling his calls for another referendum. 

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She said: “It is all good and well to talk about social justice. But if you look at the track record of education in Scotland and the fact those scores have been declining for Scottish children. 

“If you look at the water contamination scandal in the Glaswegian hospital. Even if you look at the Scottish policing authority.

“I think the issue of independence is not divisive. I actually do think you have the strongest case you’ve had in a while.

“However there is so much focus on independence that crucial things like education, healthcare and policing have been overlooked under the SNP.”

The row comes as the Prime Minister posted a copy of the letter he sent to the SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister on his Twitter page on Tuesday.

He wrote: “Today I have written to Nicola Sturgeon. The Scottish people voted decisively to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and UK Governments committed to respect. Let’s make 2020 a year of growth and opportunity for the whole of the UK.” 

A brutal spat ensued over the social media network. 

The Scottish First Minister, Ms Sturgeon responded on Twitter: “Tories are terrified of Scotland’s right to choose – because they know that when given the choice we’ll choose independence”.

“Tories have no positive case for the union – so all they can do is attempt to deny democracy. It will not stand.”

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