Thursday, 21 Oct 2021

‘You’re having a laugh!’ Nicola Sturgeon savaged over shameless bid to woo voters

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On Sunday, Ms Sturgeon released an open letter to the public where she asked for their support ahead of next week’s election. In response, the SNP leader was attacked for “steering the country onto the rocks” during her time as First Minister. While Ms Sturgeon stated only the SNP can steer the country to recovery, many hit out at the First Minister for her pursuit of independence while certain sectors of Scotland struggle.

One person said: “Recovery?

“You must be having a laugh, the sooner you lot are out of power Scotland then might have a chance of recovery.”

Another said: “Steering us onto the rocks more like.

“We’ve been racing towards them for 14 years so we might as well just get it over with.”

A third said: “You forgot to mention the bulk of British tax payers who have supported the economy throughout. Slight oversight.”

A fourth said: “The thing is, you haven’t kept us safe.

“We had one of the highest death rates in the world, the nursing homes policy was an absolute disgrace and now we have highest covid rates in UK.”

In a statement accompanying her letter, Ms Sturgeon said: “I’ve written an open letter, expressing my deep appreciation to people across the country for the sacrifices of the past year and asking for the support and strength that only #BothVotesSNP will give me to get on with the job of steering us through the crisis and onto recovery.”

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If the SNP wins a majority in this month’s election, Ms Sturgeon has insisted she will hold an independence referendum in the initial years of the party’s term.

However, if Scotland does leave the UK, many have stated the country could face serious economic consequences.

Due to UK Government funding, Britons living in Scotland benefit from an extra £2,500 of public funding than the taxes they pay for.

In contrast, those in England benefit from just £91 according to a report from the Institute for Government (IFG). 

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In the damning report, the IFG claimed the current deficit combined with maintaining the level of public spending would not be sustainable in an independent Scotland.

To cushion the blow of leaving the UK, the report predicted the deficit of 7.7 percent in 2018/19 would increase due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The report said: “There are many reasons why the people of Scotland or Wales might want to seek independence from the UK, or why the people of Northern Ireland might want to be part of a united Ireland.

“However, one cost of doing so would be that they would no longer be able to benefit from the redistribution of resources that currently takes place across the UK.

“The larger the deficit that they have is, the harder the case for independence becomes.”

Scotland benefits from the Barnett Formula which in 2019/20 gave Ms Sturgeon £32billion.

The Barnett formula calculates devolved budgets by using the previous year’s budget as a starting point and then adjusting it based on increases or decreases in comparable spending per person in England.

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