Scottish Labour has announced plans for a commission to “clean up Holyrood” and restore trust in the Scottish Parliament. Party leader Anas Sarwar said both Holyrood and the Scottish Government have been allowed to descend into “a bit of a joke” in recent weeks.
Anas Sarwar, in the Herald, above, revealing his lack of a sense of irony and his immersion in the Holyrood/MSM bubble, detached from what any potential supporters might actually think.
First, that the Scottish Parliament is the one requiring a plan:
In 2019, 61% of people said they trusted the Scottish Government to work in Scotland’s best interests, compared with 15% who said they trusted the UK Government to do so.
From the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey by ScotCen Social Research, (2020) based on a sample of 2 790 adults.
Second, that journalists such as those at the Herald who have constructed the ‘joke’ for us, are the people to talk about trust:
From Gallup in 2020.
Third, that the Scottish First Minister is not trusted:
from Opinium on May 20th 20202 with the FM at 61% and miles ahead across the whole UK population.
Fourth, that Scottish New Labour under Sarwar can be trusted, by reader Andrew Rosie:
Anas Sarwar only registered as a living wage employee, as an MSP not as director of his family firm, when he announced he was standing for Labour leader in 2017.
On STV on 18 October Sarwar lied when he said he did not campaign with Better Together in 2014. as photographic evidence proves otherwise and obvious prefers Tory rule to Home Rule when he says he would never under any circumstances back self government for Scotland.
If Labour followed Anas Sarwar’s “SNP coalitions are as bad as Tory coalitions” logic, they’d have to chuck out 60 Labour councillors who formed coalitions in Edinburgh, Fife, Dumfries & Galloway, Stirling and East Renfrewshire.
No doubt BBC Reporting Scotland will be parking its journalists on Anas Sarwar’s lawn just as they went for Michelle Thompson.
Herald reports whether he made “any money from this company at all”, he replied: “I don’t take remuneration from the company.”
However, according to UWS records filed at Companies House, Mr Sarwar was entitled to £333,000 of dividend income between 2003 and 2015, based on his shareholdings.
His wife Furheen was entitled to a further £196,000 based on her shareholdings.
In total, the couple were entitled to almost £530,000 up to December 2015, although the figure could now be closer to £600,000 as the 2016 accounts have not yet been filed.
The company records also appear to contradict Mr Sarwar’s repeated assertion that he plays no part in the running of UWS, despite being one of the largest shareholders.
In a statement earlier this month, he said: “I am a minority shareholder [in UWS], not a director, and play no active part in the running of the company – and never have.”
He also told Radio Scotland this week: “I have no role in the company… I have no say in how the company operates.”
However, in December 2010, Mr Sarwar signed a company resolution creating a new class of share which ultimately benefited his wife and his sister-in-law.
General reasons why Anas Sarwar is an awful choice of leader for Scottish Labour and will relegate them to distant 3rd:
• He is a millionaire
• His family business doesn’t pay Real Living Wage
• He sends his kids to 5-figure private school
• Glasgow Labour fought wage equality
There’s so much more but let’s finish with how trusted he can be on constitutional matters, when STV made a fool of him:
He’ll need to clean up his own behaviour first.