The son of an unelected governor in Pakistan cares little for the democratic will of the Scottish people? Who’d have thought?
From SNP Media today:
The SNP has challenged the Labour Party to “stop denying democracy” and back a post-pandemic independence referendum, to give people in Scotland a choice over their future.
It comes as former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish urged Anas Sarwar to ditch the party’s opposition to a referendum because it “will happen some time” and Labour’s decision to side with the Tories has “never been a vote winner”.
Commenting, SNP Deputy Leader Keith Brown said:
“The Labour Party must learn from its past mistakes and stop denying democracy by siding with the Tories, yet again, to block a post-pandemic independence referendum.
“Bluntly, Labour risk being on the wrong side of history the longer they persist with this anti-democratic stance. They are entitled to oppose independence itself, but they have no right whatsoever to try and block a democratic mandate for a referendum.
“The central issue at this election is who gets the right to decide what sort of country Scotland becomes after the pandemic – people in Scotland or Boris Johnson? People in Scotland must be able to determine their own future – and Labour will not be forgiven if they hand control to Boris Johnson.
“By working hand-in-hand with the Tories, backing austerity cuts and a hard Brexit, the Labour Party has destroyed its reputation in Scotland. If they won’t listen to their own party members, and leading figures like former First Minister Henry McLeish, Labour will fall into terminal decline.
“By casting both votes for the SNP on 6th May, people in Scotland can re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister, secure a strong, fair and green recovery from covid, and guarantee that Scotland’s future is in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.”