Following the agreement of the fiscal framework Nicola Sturgeon said “This deal will ensure that the funding for Scotland cannot be changed without the Scottish Government’s agreement.”
The SNP are the pro-independence, pro-having your cake and pro-eating it party in the words of a famous EU ‘outer’.
There’s a strong argument to be made that the SNP have done an excellent deal for Scotland. Indeed they have. They’ve protected our budget while gaining more responsibility for the Scottish Parliament. This is generally what the majority of the public are keen to see. And, they done so while ensuring “no detriment” to Scotland.
But for the writers at the Scottish Politics Review who have supported the SNP in the past and voted in favour of independence something doesn’t sit right.
The impression we get is that SNP for keeping the profits their policies might accrue while sharing the losses their Scotland might incur because of their policies.
For us it’s a little disappointing as it goes a way to feeding a grievance culture that the UK is holding Scotland back. We should be welcoming the responsibilities these powers give our Parliament without fear.
Now, there are things that do hamper the Scottish Government’s ability to grow the economy. The one used most commonly just now is immigration being a reserved power – this impacts us as we have an ageing population that we will struggle to increase with the powers we have.
But there is a huge amount of powers at their disposal which if used could ensure long term success in the Scottish economy.
It begs the question, what was their expectation of independence? That they could spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave and the UK would simply cover the losses?
“No detriment” is a myth. Greater responsibility over decision making will inevitably give rise to mistakes. If the SNP really aspires to independence they should welcome this with open arms. More power means more opportunity to show people in Scotland there nothing to fear from independence.
Increasingly, it looks like the closer they are to their aim the further down the road they want to kick it.