George Galloway slams SNP’s ‘misgovernance’ of Scotland
Mr Galloway issued a “Save Our Scotland” plea as he urged people to back his new movement. He hit out against Ms Sturgeon and the SNP’s bid for a second independence referendum as his party was given the green light to appear on the ballot papers for Holyrood elections on May 6.
We are coming to get the SNP. We’re ready
Speaking in a video posted on social media, the former Labour MP urged tactical voting against the SNP at the polls to “end the neverendums”.
He said: “Our message hasn’t changed – vote for the best-placed candidate to defeat the SNP with your first vote and give your second vote to the Alliance for Unity.
“That way we maximise the number of people in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood who want to get Scotland off the hamster wheel, who want to end the neverendums and who want to attend to Scotland’s deep-seated economic, social and other problems.
“For 14 years, the SNP has been sinking Scotland.
“It is time to save Scotland. Vote for all for unity in every region in Scotland. We are coming to get the SNP.”
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He laid out his project for “a government of national unity to bring the SNP misgovernment of Scotland finally to an end”.
Mr Galloway later tweeted that his plans were a “game-changer” for Scotland.
He said: “The choice is quite clear: The SNP, who will stop at nothing to tear apart the union, or an alternative.
“The traditional unionist parties have failed to adequately stand up to the SNP.
“Now, Scots have the chance to elect a cross-party Alliance who will take the fight to Holyrood in 2021.
“All across Scotland in the regional lists, we’ll be standing candidates from all over the political spectrum – left, centre, right and none!”
A poll last month indicated SNP would capture 71 of 129 seats in Scotland’s parliament, the biggest majority since the assembly was formed.
Ms Sturgeon has vowed to hold a referendum early in the new parliament but the 1998 Scotland Act, which devolved some powers to Edinburgh and created the Scottish assembly, says matters relating to the union of the two countries can be decided only by the UK parliament in Westminster.
Any move away from that can only happen if the UK parliament agrees to grant Scotland’s government powers using a “Section 30 order” – as it did when approving the 2014 referendum, in which Scots rejected independence by 55 percent to 45 percent.
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Boris Johnson insists that was a “once in a generation” vote and has ruled out granting permission for another.
The SNP says it will go ahead regardless, effectively forcing Mr Johnson to challenge the will of the Scottish people in court.
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said it would be “wholly irresponsible” to try to stage a referendum during a global pandemic and urged the SNP to concentrate on Scotland’s economic recovery rather than an independence vote.
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