'Jeopardising independence!' Scots nationalist panic as Sturgeon drives nation into ditch

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He said “Scotland has been sold down the river” as he launched a scathing attack on the SNP and Ms Sturgeon, who has recently stepped up her desperate campaign to rip the UK apart. Mr McAlpine said Scotland had failed to have “the kind of aspects of an economy which make you look less like a region and more like a nation” which has made it look more like another region in the UK rather than a national economy.

He said: “Take away the characteristic of a national economy and Scotland drifts further towards to being just another region of the UK like Yorkshire or Cornwall. I mean, both even have their own flags.

“The lost of Scottish ownership of the Scottish economy is not a curiosity but an enormous danger for the country and for the independence movement.”

Mr McAlpine said this was because Scotland had failed to keep Scottish-owned businesses in Scotland.

He was speaking after the SNP sparked criticism when it awarded offshore energy contracts to private, overseas firms.

The ScotWind leasing process awarded contracts worth £700million to 17 projects for new offshore wind farms along Scotland’s coasts, including deals with BP and Shell.

Writing for his blog, Mr McAlpine said this was an opportunity to “lever a serious, national industrial strategy” rather than offering “soundbites about magical referendums and magical rejoining of the EU”.

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“A serious government that actually believed independence meant something a bit more substantial than soundbites about magical referendums and magical rejoining of the EU would see what this meant.

“It was the opportunity to lever a serious, national industrial strategy off the back of strategic ownership of that asset.”

Mr McAlpine said he hoped the next generation of Scottish nationalists had “a credible, viable rescue plan”.

He added: “I’m not currently clear what it is. But I also suspect that they will view the post-referendum SNP administration with utter contempt, the people who sold Scotland down the river.

“They will be absolutely right to do so.”

His furious rant comes after the Scottish First Minister vowed Scotland will vote on independence “before the end of 2023”.

She used a keynote speech at the Scottish National Party Conference in November 2021 to make her case for an independent Scotland and reassured the party they would have an opportunity to hold a referendum vote by the end of 2023.

The Scottish First Minister said: “Next year, Covid permitting, as we emerge from winter into spring, the campaign to persuade a majority of people in Scotland that our future will be more secure as an independent nation will resume in earnest.

“In the course of next year, I will initiate the process necessary to enable a referendum before the end of 2023.”

She told SNP delegates she would “defy anyone to look at the broken, corrupt, self-serving Westminster system that we are currently part of and conclude that it provides a secure basis for the future of Scotland”.

In addition, the SNP leader vowed she “would not be discharging my duty to the people of Scotland if I did not seek to keep the promise on which we were elected – to offer the people of Scotland the choice of a better future through independence”.



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