May 23, 2022
The SNP does not benefit from Boris Johnson’s unpopularity as much as they might expect (Photo: Leon Neal / Getty Images)

For most of the post-Christmas period, Westminster has served as the perfect dead cat for Hollywood.

While we are all angry, frustrated or frustrated by the almost daily scandals that erupt down Downing Street, the SNP has slipped under the radar. Well, almost.

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It was interesting to see the fun with which otherwise government ministers this week threw metaphorical closed doors in front of SNP MPs. Or the self-serving and misleading nonsense about pensions by both Westminster and the real leaders of this party.

This is the point, you might think, where nationalists should make great strides in opinion polls because Boris gives them the little ammunition they like to shoot at those of us who have different agendas. Are acting

But that’s not the impression I get talking to people on the streets of Edinburgh.

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Oh yes, they are just as frustrated and angry with the current Conservative government as everyone else, but it is not translating into a call for secessionism which the SNP will assure us.

The question is why not? Why didn’t the storm of criticism of Boris Johnson create the same popularity in the Conservatives and the UK that Margaret Thatcher created in Scotland in the 1980s?

At the time, I was a young student of politics in Glasgow, where the mere mention of the name of the then Prime Minister could be abusive to anyone who suspected any sympathy for his cause. ۔

The referendum tax demonstrations were only a manifestation of our general frustration with the failed 1979 referendum process and a government seemingly oblivious to the public desire to deviate.

I have seen the SNP as interesting since the referendum was rejected, now the best part of a decade has been spent trying to ignite such a popular sentiment.

So far, they have only managed to embed the division that made the referendum campaign so significant and so bitter.

This is a regular feature of his mantra at Westminster, regardless of the issue, when the people of Scotland will be ‘allowed’ the freedom for which we have expressed our common desire, all is well. Will go Except we don’t have it.

And they support it with the claim that just as the majority of people in Scotland have voted to stay in the EU, that should mean we don’t want Britain.

Well, as one voter reminded me this week, it wasn’t on the ballot. In fact, he said: “Nicola stole my vote.”

A lot of people, including me, voted for the UK to be part of the EU and I don’t think readers need to be reminded more of how hard my party worked for this corner and we How much did he pay? But to claim that it is tantamount to supporting succession, would we say, “Balderdash”?

I fully respect the right of nationalists to debate what they believe, but I would prefer that they stand by the facts.

The EU referendum was not a nationalist campaign. In fact, the party spent less on it than it did on a by-election in Shetland three years ago.

Similarly, the argument of his pension is not only scrapped under scrutiny but also contradicts the words of the first minister in 2014.

In the wake of this ridiculous ‘cut off the bottom of the door’ proposition, they have begun to give the impression of being in the air in search of fuel for the separatist argument.

And this is at a time when they have a bright new alliance with the Greens that can be expected to put an end to imagination and give new impetus to their cause.

Instead, the new partnership appears to be having a hard time finding a mutually acceptable position that the SNP proudly proclaimed “Scottish oil”.

Maybe the problem is simple. In the days before he was in government for a decade and a half, the SNP could have promoted itself as a radical alternative. Anti-establishment.

Every
issue that crosses Scotland’s path can be blamed either on the Westminster government or on the Hollywood Road Unionist parties for being angry with their southern partners.

But times have changed. Hollyroad has far more power and influence in areas than the original Scotland Act envisages, with the responsibility for the consequences.

With prolonged NHS waiting lists, increasing council council budgets due to hollywood controlling trends, overcrowding of classrooms, public services being strained, and roads being damaged, the SNP has no one to raise a finger. And no.

His leadership may announce annually that Scotland is calling for another referendum and hopes it will divert the attention of its supporters from the lack of progress since 2015, but it cannot hide the fact.

The SNP can no longer blame the Establishment because that is exactly what happened. He has been part of the Scottish Government since Gordon Brown became Prime Minister.

His original bold new approach is only beginning to look administrative and tiring.

Boris may not be setting a shining example in Downing Street, but we have been told by the SNP something helpful that will burn Heather. Unless you are a joiner who specializes in shortening doors.

Christine Jardine is a Scottish Liberal Democrat MP from Edinburgh West.

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