Con­cern over ‘demo­cratic deficit’

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has said Scot­land faces a “vast and ex­pand­ing demo­cratic deficit” at West­min­ster

She claims re­cent polls sug­gest­ing strong Con­ser­va­tive sup­port across the UK is at odds with Scot­land, where a poll on July 26 put them on 20 per cent.

The same poll had the SNP on 48 per cent, Labour on 22 per cent and the Lib Dems on five per cent.

Ms Fer­rier said: “What I find most trou­bling, is that this poll could be yet another sign that Scot­land might con­tinue to be ruled by in­creas­ingly right-wing Tory gov­ern­ments against our will, and for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“Since the Tories came into power six years ago, their poli­cies have had calami­tous con­se­quences for peo­ple across the UK.

“In spite of the fact that they have no man­date in Scot­land, the Con­ser­va­tives have cru­elly im­posed aus­ter­ity and harsh wel­fare cuts, have sought to drag us out of the EU, and are in­tent on dumping Tri­dent nu­clear weapons on the Clyde at a cost of hun­dreds of bil­lions.

“My­self and my SNP col­leagues will con­tinue to stand up for Scot­land’s in­ter­ests, but as Scot­land’s pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics con­tinue to di­verge from the Tory-dom­i­nated pol­i­tics of West­min­ster, peo­ple will no doubt in­creas­ingly con­clude that in­de­pen­dence is the only way to en­sure that Scot­land al­ways gets the gov­ern­ments and poli­cies that it votes for.”

Glas­gow Con­ser­va­tive MSP, Adam Tomkins ac­cused Ms Fer­rier and the SNP of “sabre rat­tling.”

He added: “The ar­gu­ment which Mar­garet makes is the same as the one the Yes cam­paign made just 23 months ago. Peo­ple voted clearly and de­ci­sively to re­main as part of a strong United King­dom and to face the chal­lenges of the fu­ture to­gether.

“The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment is about to have new pow­ers de­volved to it in­clud­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­trol over tax and wel­fare. They have the pow­ers to make sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent de­ci­sions to those of the UK gov­ern­ment and we will work con­struc­tively with them where they seek to make im­prove­ments.

“We have a golden op­por­tu­nity to use our new pow­ers to find Scot­tish so­lu­tions to Scot­tish chal­lenges but re­tain the pro­tec­tion of the UK sin­gle mar­ket.

“Let us fo­cus on us­ing them to make our econ­omy stronger, cre­ate jobs and ad­dress poverty and in­equal­ity in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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