Scottish Daily Mail

Fo­cus on virus f ight

- Politics · Nicola Sturgeon · United Kingdom · Scotland · Scottish National Party · Cambridge Union Society

THE ut­ter reck­less­ness of Ni­cola Stur­geon’s lat­est bid to split apart the UK in a time of acute cri­sis is im­pos­si­ble to over­state.

In the midst of a deadly pandemic that has caused eco­nomic car­nage and cost thou­sands of Scots their lives, the SNP is ag­i­tat­ing for more con­sti­tu­tional tur­moil.

Af­ter months of as­sur­ing us that bat­tling Covid was her pri­or­ity, the mask has slipped – and the First Min­is­ter will this week­end con­firm her true ob­jec­tive.

Miss Stur­geon will open her party’s con­fer­ence by declar­ing that in­de­pen­dence is ‘in clear sight’ – and claim­ing that she has ‘never been more cer­tain’ it will hap­pen.

This rhetoric may pla­cate her restive sup­port base, but it re­flects the skewed pri­or­i­ties of an ad­min­is­tra­tion that re­fuses to ac­knowl­edge re­al­ity.

The econ­omy is on life sup­port, propped up by strato­spheric tax­payer sub­sidy which helped busi­nesses to cling to sur­vival.

In an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land, fur­lough would have been a pipe dream – and yet the SNP wants us to be­lieve that now is the time for an­other di­vi­sive in­de­pen­dence poll.

Mean­while, del­e­gates will also dis­cuss a call for a four-day week, an­other in­di­ca­tion that the party has failed to grasp the scale of the Covid calamity.

It’s an un­work­able plan at a time when all ef­fort should be fo­cused on re­build­ing the shat­tered econ­omy, not re­duc­ing the work­ing week.

The SNP should con­cen­trate on the fight against Covid – and drop its fix­a­tion with de­stroy­ing the Union.

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