61%-38% AGREE THAT PRO-INDEPENDENCE MAJORITY AT HOLYROOD SHOULD LEAD TO REFERENDUM
A decisive majority of the Scottish public recognise that there is a mandate for Scotland to have a referendum.
Evidence from the 2021 Scottish Election Study addresses the question of whether the Scottish public thinks that the Government has a mandate to pursue a second independence referendum. The data shows 61% of Scots think the Scottish Government has an IndyRef2 mandate.
NEW OECD FORECAST SHOWS BREXIT BRITAIN TRAILING IN GROWTH
Commenting on a new forecast from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which shows the UK is set to have the lowest economic growth performance of all G20 economies apart from Russia, the SNP said it was further proof that post-Brexit Britain was set on a downward economic spiral, which Scotland needs to escape with independence.
SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT REPAYMENT FUND OPENS ON 6 JUNE
Michelle Thomson, SNP MSP for Falkirk East constituency, has welcomed the announcement that the Transvaginal Mesh Removal Reimbursement Scheme is to open on 6 June.
Ms Thomson is urging any woman who has had to pay for surgery to claim their money back through the scheme.
WESTMINSTER CONTROL IN SCOTLAND MEANS CUTS, NOT CASH FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
The SNP has described Anas Sarwar as an apologist for Westminster Tory cuts and that he is ‘airbrushing austerity’ as he argued that Westminster has kept Scotland’s public services funded – despite more than a decade of Tory cuts.
The Scottish Labour leader said that the Chancellor’s windfall tax announcement was an argument for Westminster control in Scotland – even though 90% of the revenue generated will come from oil and gas extraction in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP Michelle Thomson said: “Scotland’s public services have suffered more than a decade of Tory cuts, but now Anas Sarwar has become an apologist for those cuts and airbrushing austerity by incredibly arguing that Westminster control has kept public services funded.
“The windfall tax is once again Westminster using Scotland as its cash cow whenever it feels like it, as 90% of the revenue will come from profits made in Scotland.
“That is what the people of Scotland get under Westminster control – cuts to services and then banking on our resources to prop them up when they need it.
“Anas Sarwar’s Labour party failed to capitalise on Scotland’s oil and gas sector and that legacy is being felt now with thousands of households in fuel poverty and terrified to open their bills when they land on their doorstep.
“This is not the first time we have seen Anas Sarwar cosy up to the Tories and, as his grubby deals with the Tories in councils across Scotland show, it will not be the last.”
With Labour expected to be propped up by Tory votes in West Lothian, East Renfrewshire and Edinburgh the SNP has said that Labour councillors are rewarding the Tories with the keys to power in councils across Scotland despite Anas Sarwar’s election day appeal to voters not to reward ‘toxic, out of touch, and corrupt’ Tories with their votes. Sarwar even described Douglas Ross’s defence of Boris Johnson as “disgusting”.
Across the country, Labour are either sitting on their hands to allow the Tories to run councils or handing Tories high-profile positions in return for votes to form minority administrations.