‘We are now seeing a concerted attack on our parliament’

John Swinney: Scots are rejecting 'lies' of populist politicians -  BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
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From SNP Media

Embargoed till 00:01 27th November 2021:

Addressing delegates at the SNP’s annual conference today (Saturday) Deputy First Minister John Swinney is expected to say:
 
“We are now seeing a concerted attack on our parliament, from the very people who fought tooth and nail against it being established in the first place.
 
“In a grotesque irony, the Tories are using something that the people of Scotland voted overwhelmingly against – Brexit – to undermine something they voted overwhelmingly for – the Scottish Parliament.
 
“Through the Internal Market Act, The Tories have given themselves unfettered power to decide the rules of the internal market – and to completely ignore the devolution settlement if they want to.
 
“There will be no sudden Big Bang moment. Boris Johnson is not going to stand up and announce to the cheering Tory faithful that he is dismantling the devolution settlement – much as I am sure he would like to.
 
“But make no mistake – piece by piece, devolution is quietly being filleted – hollowed out from the inside, by a Tory party which has always opposed the idea of anything other than unfettered Westminster control on Scotland.
 
“Much like the climate emergency, which is slowly creeping up on us every single day – we need to issue a Code Red for Devolution.
 
“All of us who care so deeply about the Scottish Parliament and its role in Scottish public life need to stand up and be counted – before it is too late.”
 
Mr Swinney is expected to add:
 
“There is a bigger question here that we must consider.
 
“If devolution is no longer safe under Westminster control, if everyday decisions taken by our elected Scottish Parliament can be routinely undermined at a whim by the Tories, and if even Labour and the Liberal Democrats are more interested in preserving the union than protecting devolution, then how can the Scottish Parliament ever be protected as long as we remain under Westminster control?
 
“The answer is that it cannot. There is no status quo – the only way to stop Scotland going backwards on the constitutional journey is by moving forwards.
 
“The only way to keep the gains of devolution is by becoming independent.”
 
 

5 thoughts on “‘We are now seeing a concerted attack on our parliament’

  1. This slow creep of the internal market bill is not only undermining devolution it will consume Scotland into the greater England project. Where parliamentary laws are equal throughout the UK. The one country plan it is here.

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    1. Totally agree and have been saying as much for years now. Scotland has most of the necessary natural resources along with space England desperately needs more so now with potentially stresses on water supplies & energy needs from climate change. We must fight this and take the message to the doorsteps whenever we can.

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  2. THIS IS DAYLIGHT THUGGERY FROM LONDON
    AT BEHEST OF ROYALS WHO LIKE TORIES WISH TO RETAIN

    LAST VESTIGE OF BRITISH EMPIRE

    SCOTLAND ARE SICK OF BEING THE KICKING BOYS
    FOR LORDS AND SPECULATORS

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    1. I hate to contradict you Robert, but if Scotland was sick of “being the kicking boys” Then the polls would be different, we would be protesting on the streets or we would have been independent. No us Scots are still favouring the very thing you detest.

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  3. “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time………………………………but–

    Hi Jack can fool ALL of Scotland,s colonial media ALL of the time”!

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