In my previous post I highlighted the farce of the trip to Brussels by Mrs Murrell, who answers to the SNP brand name of Nicola Sturgeon. When Nigel Farage addressed the EU parliament on Monday, he had a right to do so as an elected Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Farage was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Farage is the leader of the 24 member UKIP contingent in the European Parliament.
Mrs Murrell, by contrast has never won any democratic election. Individuals who are still reciting the Wings Over Scotland Silver Lining Play Book, have had the audacity to come on to this site and suggest to me that she represents the sovereign will of the Scottish people. Would it be unkind of me to suggest that their capacity for rational thought can be found at the bottom of The Shetland Shelf. There is as much chance of locating oil in this area as finding Dave King’s £30m war chest. The oil industry in the North Sea is in terminal decline. Tax revenues from all UK upstream activities was a mere £130m. The downstream taxes at the pump in Scotland are estimated to be £1.5b-£2b. If Scotland collected all its VAT, its tax at the pumps, its airport taxes, its road tax, its P AYE and NI, it would be still £10b less than The Barnett provision, and £20b less than what is currently spent in Scotland. There is no economic case for an independent Scotland.
Those of us who watched Mrs Murrell campaign for Remain will have noted her mantra that she wanted to be a member of a European Trade Agreement which has 500m customers. The actual population, including the UK, is 508m. The current population of the UK is just north of 65m. The EU will be reduced to a population of 443m. Mrs Murrell wants to turn her back on her biggest customer, the UK, and create a new customer in the EU. She wishes to cede political control of Scotland to the European Parliament. She aspires to cede control of our highest court, The Court of Session, to The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. As a new entrant to the EU, Scotland will have no choice but to sign up to The European Exchange Monetary System which dictates fiscal policy. The currency of the EU, the Euro, will also be imposed on Scotland. Will those who paint their faces with saltires be shouting ‘Freedom‘ in Glasgow’s George Square when their lives are controlled by Brussels, Luxembourg and, four days per month, Strasbourg? The best way to describe Mrs Murrell and the SNP is in a quote attributed to Scotland’s most famous son, Andy Murray, who responded to a question on football with: “Anyone but England.”
This ‘Anyone but England’ approach to politics has gained some resonance in Scotland. It works well when there is a ruling Conservative government. It was less resonant when the Labour Party gained 56 of the 59 electoral seats in Scotland. Mrs Murrell, then known as Nicola Sturgeon, first stood for election in the 1992 General Election as the SNP candidate in the Glasgow Shettleston constituency. She failed to win the seat.Sturgeon also stood unsuccessfully as the SNP candidate for the Irvine Northward ward on Cunninghame District Council in May 1992, for the Baillieston/Mount Vernon ward on Strathclyde Regional Council in 1994, and for the Bridgeton ward on Glasgow City Council in 1995.
Fast forward to the 1997 General Election when Miss Sturgeon was selected to fight the Glasgow Govan seat for the SNP. Mohammed Sarwar won the seat for Labour with a majority of 2,914 votes. Miss Sturgeon had failed again. The SNP rewarded her failure by appointing her as as their spokesperson for energy and education matters.
Her most spectacular failure was in 1999 when Trumpton opened. Sturgeon stood for election to Trumpton as the SNP candidate for Govan. She failed to win the seat. As I stated in the title of this article, she is an SNP construct.Although she failed to win the seat, she was placed first in the SNP’s regional list for the Glasgow region, and was thus elected through the back door as a member of Trumpton.
So how has this spectacular political failure done so well? Could it be in any way related to the fact that she has been in a relationshp with the current Chief Executive of the SNP, Peter Murrell, since 2003? Her spectacular run of failures continued when she and her party lost the Scottish Referendum in 2014, and she was in the losing side again when advocating Remain. She is the leader of a party that does not even have a majority in Trumpton.
Could someone present to me a cogent rationale for this abject failure at the ballot box representing the sovereign will of the Scottish people?
Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has compared Israel with Isil. This hard- left ‘union’ leader is attempting to retain power on an anti-Semitism ticket. Does he and Ken Livingstone have no shame? The extremists in this Labour Party are driving it over a cliff. They are unelectable. Not to be outdone the Tory party have now stabbed Johnson in the back. Those looking for Michael Gove’s dagger will find it in Theresa May’s handbag.
Those who are interested in politics should ignore Trumpton and Scotland’s trumped-up First Minister.