HE predicts a riot. Britain’s foremost money-saving expert Martin Lewis has been sending politicians increasingly desperate missives from the front line for months and now warns that energy bill rises in October could lead to “civil unrest”.
The chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales, perhaps thinking along similar lines, has urged police to use their discretion when dealing with people stealing food to eat.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20152358.rebecca-mcquillan-will-sturgeon-johnson-carry-can-cost-living-crisis/
Rebecca McQuillan wonders the above headline. She must know the answer. She must know the answer.
Going by the polls and the recent popular vote, Sturgeon is enormously popular in Scotland and Johnson is largely despised. Perhaps that’s because the population knows enough about the devolution settlement? The Scottish Government cannot determine its income which comes in a block grant from the Treasury, it cannot overspend nor can it borrow.
Despite that, Sturgeon’s government has mitigated UK Government welfare cuts:
£1.4 billion: mitigating UK government welfare cuts
The Scottish Government has to spend over £1.4 billion to mitigate some of the UK Tory government’s welfare benefit cuts, which are inflicting further suffering during a Tory cost of living crisis.
This includes £646 million for our Scottish Child Payment – the only measure in the UK designed to lift children out of poverty – which we now doubled to £20 a week.
We’re spending £418 million over six years for Discretionary Housing Payments, to mitigate the Tory bedroom tax.
And our £372 million Scottish Welfare Fund is helping shoulder some of the burden of Tory cuts on hard-pressed families.https://www.snp.org/the-price-of-being-short-changed-and-ignored-by-westminster/
And, riots, in Scotland?
There were riots in English cities in 2011 but there were no equivalent riots in Scotland. The worst we see here are the small-scale confrontations when less than 100 supporters and opponents of Irish political movements shout and throw things at each other over a cordon of unmoved police officers.