Sturgeon’s IndyRef2 plans laughed at by Carole Malone
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The Scottish Government is to restart work on a “detailed prospectus” for independence ahead of a second referendum on the future of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. While work on this had been halted following the coronavirus pandemic, Scotland’s First Minister confirmed to MSPs it would commence again. But political commentator Carole Malone has hit back at Ms Sturgeon’s plans.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Ms Malone said: “She can’t do it without permission from Westminster.”
The host interjected: “She can do it, it just won’t count.”
Ms Malon continued: “Exactly, it won’t count.
“Every time an analyst to say what Scotland would be like without us, it isn’t going to work financially.
“The hearts aren’t going to count when they stop getting the extra money that we pay them.
“They had an extra £14billion during the pandemic that they were given by Westminster.”
It comes as using Scottish civil service resources to devise a prospectus for independence is the “wrong thing to be doing at this time”, the Scottish Secretary has said.
Alister Jack suggested the SNP-led Scottish Government’s focus should instead be on dealing with the pandemic.
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Ms Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that her Government will restart work on a “detailed prospectus” for independence which would “guide the decision” ahead of a second referendum, with work having been halted following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish Secretary said in the Commons on Wednesday: “Our focus is on rebuilding our economy, our focus is on restoring our NHS, and I think most right-minded Scots would agree with me that using civil service resources to design a prospectus for independence is the wrong thing to be doing at this time.”
Labour’s shadow minister for Scotland Chris Elmore asked if Scottish civil servants being “diverted” away from COVID-19 response work would be included in a COVID-19 inquiry.
Mr Elmore said: “Scotland now has one of the highest Covid rates in all of Europe.
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“Instead of learning the lessons of the last year, the SNP government has wasted the summer months with the virus spiralling out of control.
“While Covid rates soared, the First Minister announced this week the Scottish civil servants will be tasked with drawing up arguments for Scottish independence.
“In the minister’s discussions with the Scottish Government, has he discussed the issue of Scottish civil servants being diverted from crucial COVID-19 response work to plans for another independence referendum, and can he confirm that this will form part of the COVID-19 inquiry into the Scottish Government’s failures?”
Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart responded: “I am very happy to agree with the honourable gentleman, whether it’s on learning the lessons from Covid and making sure that our public services can catch up, whether it is on tackling drug abuse, and a whole range of other public service and social issues.
“That should be the primary focus of the Scottish Government and not obsessing with another divisive referendum.”
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