ref date:24 Aug 1999 (SI)
Focus on inequalities Westminster imposes not trivia
There must be day to day running of the Scottish parliament,and the
SNP must, as the legal opposition do what it can (in the face of
Labours diktats to the Liberals) to prevent Westminsters will being imposed
on the Scots using the Holyrood parliament and the now useless Scottish Office as its instrument.
It saddens me to see infighting in the SNP, but at least its an open
and healthy debate. It hasn't been conducted behind closed doors
with more party whips than you'd find at a rodeo being used as is Labours
Even though Alex Salmond must walk the tightrope and appear statesman like,
he has a duty to exercise the will of the people who put him there and
work for Scotland, not get bogged down in nothing BUT day-to-day matters.
The goal must be one of independence. It must be reiterated. The SNP
have 4 years (at least) to constantly expose the deception (Continental tires)
and short-selling of the Scots by Westminster AND its Labour lackies
in Edinburgh. If that means the Scottish parliament is acrimonious
thats a price worth paying. The eyes of many in the world are NOT looking
to see how well we run this 'parliament' but what substantive things
are achieved. The SNP must provide the substantives or Holyrood
will be nothing more than the red-stamp for Labours chief executive
housed 400 miles away in cosy Westminster.
Margo MacDonald merely voiced the opinion held by many SNP supporters
who want to see Mr Salmond oppose the Labour/Liberal "coalition" and
yet make it clear that independence is the only sound economic way forward
Now the SNP are the opposition, WHERE ARE THE DOCUMENTS THAT PROVE THE
SCOTS SUBSIDISE WESTMINSTER? Many Scots would like to the evidence NOW.