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1 hour ago, Japan Jambo said:

 

Can always put up taxes locally. If you want to be independent you ought to stop hiding behind them and blaming them for everything. You either believe the electorate are prepared to pay for it or you don't. 


Tackling poverty with one hand behind your back is tougher than having both hands free. Same goes for tackling drugs deaths.

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Just now, Alex Kintner said:


Tackling poverty with one hand behind your back is tougher than having both hands free. Same goes for tackling drugs deaths.

 

I have to say the assertion that being the drugs death capital of the world is all WM's fault because they won't provide the drugs and paraphernalia free shows an amazing amount of chutzpah. Are the SNP actually prepared to take responsibility for anything or is it all just someone else's fault?

 

I don't understand what you mean by one hand tied behind your back either. Scotland already receives more per capita in funding than England, yet has desires to spend way more. The only way the books balance is if it is prepared to fund it or can get tick somewhere. As I already said you have a lever to increase taxes, if you believe that the voters are good with the policies they voted for pull it and stop playing the victim. The quick look at the manifesto I did have suggested it was ram packed with giveaways and very light with regards to who would pay.

 

The whole politics of envy/my friend will pay schtick is really tiresome. Easy to give stuff away, much, much more difficult to pay for it. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Japan Jambo said:

 

I have to say the assertion that being the drugs death capital of the world is all WM's fault because they won't provide the drugs and paraphernalia free shows an amazing amount of chutzpah. Are the SNP actually prepared to take responsibility for anything or is it all just someone else's fault?

 

I don't understand what you mean by one hand tied behind your back either. Scotland already receives more per capita in funding than England, yet has desires to spend way more. The only way the books balance is if it is prepared to fund it or can get tick somewhere. As I already said you have a lever to increase taxes, if you believe that the voters are good with the policies they voted for pull it and stop playing the victim. The quick look at the manifesto I did have suggested it was ram packed with giveaways and very light with regards to who would pay.

 

The whole politics of envy/my friend will pay schtick is really tiresome. Easy to give stuff away, much, much more difficult to pay for it. 

 

 


How would you tackle the drugs problem? 

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26 minutes ago, JackLadd said:

Krankies to clog up the town on Saturday. Wrap up warm haggis heeds.

Photo at the narrowest part of Royal Mile as usual and the Seville calculator brought out - braw 

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2 hours ago, Des Lynam said:


How would you tackle the drugs problem? 

 

Not my circus, not my monkeys. How's about we ask the folks that have been employed to fix this (and other problems) by the people of Scotland for the last 14 years what they think?

I'm pretty sure if I had spent the last 14 years trying to explain to my boss that it was the fault of someone hundreds of miles away I'd have been hunted a long time ago.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Japan Jambo said:

 

Not my circus, not my monkeys. How's about we ask the folks that have been employed to fix this (and other problems) by the people of Scotland for the last 14 years what they think?

I'm pretty sure if I had spent the last 14 years trying to explain to my boss that it was the fault of someone hundreds of miles away I'd have been hunted a long time ago.

 

 

Yes the " hands tied behind ones back" is a pretty passive argument.  Show imagination and innovation in tackling the drugs issue. They dont need WM to sanction that.  NO matter what is said. 

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3 hours ago, JackLadd said:

Krankies to clog up the town on Saturday. Wrap up warm haggis heeds.

I have been invited by my Indy pals. I have politely declined . 

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4 minutes ago, JamesM48 said:

I have been invited by my Indy pals. I have politely declined . 

 

 

You would have too leave your brain at home, tricky procedure.

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1 minute ago, JackLadd said:

 

 

You would have too leave your brain at home, tricky procedure.

Ive been on several pre covid but Im done with all that now. That issue has no passion for me anymore. I couldnt care either way the next vote goes. Im not even on the fence. Im just totally disinterested in it now. 

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20 minutes ago, JamesM48 said:

Yes the " hands tied behind ones back" is a pretty passive argument.  Show imagination and innovation in tackling the drugs issue. They dont need WM to sanction that.  NO matter what is said. 

Any chance of this astonishing list pal? 

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2 minutes ago, JamesM48 said:

Ive been on several pre covid but Im done with all that now. That issue has no passion for me anymore. I couldnt care either way the next vote goes. Im not even on the fence. Im just totally disinterested in it now. 

 

I don't want to have to move to Berwick or Carlisle to avoid an s-storm so it's a live issue to me. 

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9 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

Any chance of this astonishing list pal? 

Im washing my hair just now...ill get back to you asap 

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20 minutes ago, JackLadd said:

 

 

You would have too leave your brain at home, tricky procedure.

Not for you but... :)

 

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7 minutes ago, JamesM48 said:

Im washing my hair just now...ill get back to you asap 

Roughly translated to “away to copy and paste from SMASH THE SNP” Facebook page? 

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51 minutes ago, Japan Jambo said:

 

Not my circus, not my monkeys. How's about we ask the folks that have been employed to fix this (and other problems) by the people of Scotland for the last 14 years what they think?

I'm pretty sure if I had spent the last 14 years trying to explain to my boss that it was the fault of someone hundreds of miles away I'd have been hunted a long time ago.

 

 

 

You don't half post a pile of deranged shite on here. 

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6 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

Roughly translated to “away to copy and paste from SMASH THE SNP” Facebook page? 

Im not on any anti SNP facebook pages. GIes a break. 

 

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16 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

Roughly translated to “away to copy and paste from SMASH THE SNP” Facebook page? 

There you go. ...

 

 

Health 

 

Instead of ending delayed discharge in 2015 like they promised, in 2019/20 it cost the NHS £139 million. 2. The SNP have broken their own legal Treatment Time Guarantee for patients over 380,000 times.1 3. The 62 day waiting time standard for urgent cancer referrals has not been met since 2012.2 4. 1 in 4 young people are still being rejected from specialist CAMHS services3 , almost three years after an external review called for rejections to end.4 5. The water contamination scandal at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital caused almost 40 infections in young cancer patients and the deaths of two children, but years on the families are still waiting for answers.5 6. The flaws in the construction of the delayed Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital led to the SNP paying £1.4million every month for an empty hospital which was not safe for patients.6 7. A decade of cuts has left the NHS with a maintenance and repairs backlog of £1.03billion.7 8. Increases to NHS funding in Scotland have failed to keep pace with those in England meaning Scotland’s health spending advantage has almost been completely lost.8 9. Life expectancy has stalled in Scotland and there is at least a ten year gap between the richest and poorest areas

 

Social Care 

 

The SNP have failed to deliver fair work in social care – nearly 1 in 5 workers are on insecure or temporary contracts and 15% of staff work unpaid overtime.10 11. As of January 2021, Scotland had the second highest rate of care home resident deaths from Covid-19 in Europe.11 12. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3,000 untested patients and 123 positive patients were transferred to care homes – Health Secretary Jeane Freeman admitted the SNP “failed” the social care sector.12 1 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/healthcare-resources/waiting-times/nhs-waiting-times-stage-of-treatment/ 2 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/conditions-and-diseases/cancer/cancer-waiting-times/ 3 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/conditions-and-diseases/mental-health/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs-waiting-times/ 4 https://www.gov.scot/publications/rejected-referrals-child-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs-qualitative-quantitative/ 5 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19178500.glasgow-childrens-hospital-infections-led-death-two-patients/ 6 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-55996608 7 https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/nhs-in-scotland-2020 8 https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/15396 9 https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/life-expectancy/life-expectancy-in-scotland/2017-2019 10 https://data.sssc.uk.com/data-publications/22-workforce-data-report/239-scottish-social-service-sector-report-on-2019-workforce-data and https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/our-report-on-fair-work-in-social-care/ 11 https://ltccovid.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LTC_COVID_19_international_report_January-1-February-1-1.pdf 12 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-5668066

 

 

Education and Childcare

 

The number of full-time equivalent teachers in Scotland’s schools is 1,700 fewer than when the SNP assumed office in 2007.13 Additionally, more than 2,600 teachers have dropped or lost their professional registration over the last five years.14 14. The SNP’s failure to work with the SQA to create a credible and fair moderation system for exams in 2020 led to a grading system with inequality baked in and rushed u-turns from Ministers.15 15. Failed to deliver their planned childcare expansion on time after years of opportunity to improve childcare for families.16 16. There are 578 fewer specialist teachers for children and young people with additional support needs compared with 2012, despite a near doubling of those with ASN.17 17. The SNP have failed to get all primary 1 – 3 pupils in classes with 18 or fewer despite promising to do so.18 18. They failed to deliver on their commitment to close the attainment gap19 despite almost a decade and a half in government and Nicola Sturgeon saying it was her “sacred responsibility”.20 19. Students have been let down by the SNP scrapping their 2007 pledge to end student debt,21 and they failed to return college student numbers to 2007 levels.22 20. They failed to scrap the Scottish National Standardised Assessments for Primary 1s, as instructed by Parliament.23 21. Forced to scrap their flawed Named Persons legislation24 and permanently shelve their proposed Education Bill.2

 

Economy and Jobs

 

22. 350,000 people in Scotland still do not earn the Scottish Living Wage.26 23. SNP cuts to local government have stripped £937.5 million from non-ringfenced revenue funding. 24. The SNP have repeatedly broken their promise to scrap the “unfair council tax”.27 25. Before the pandemic, the Scottish economy had grown at roughly half the rate of the rest of the UK following the 2008 crash.28 26. In 2010 the SNP promised 130,000 green jobs by 2020 but instead the number of people directly employed had fallen to 21,400.29 27. The SNP’s mismanagement of Scotland’s manufacturing base has led to the loss of critical contracts and jobs in yards such as BiFab.30 13 https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-statistics-schools-scotland-2020/ 14 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19225695.covid-19-recovery-fears-thousands-teachers-quit/ 15 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18821236.coronavirus-scotland-john-swinney-let-exams-fiasco-fester/ 16 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18943671.scotlands-free-childcare-expansion-delayed-august-2021/ 17 https://www.thescsc.org.uk/coalition-raises-concerns-as-new-figures-highlight-slump-in-support-for-vulnerable-children/ 18 https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-statistics-schools-scotland-2020/ 19 https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/improving-outcomes-for-young-people-through-school-education 20 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-tells-record-readers-5757414 21 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18175231.student-loan-debt-triples-snp-despite-2007-manifesto-pledge-abolish/ 22 http://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-statistics/statistical-publications/2021/SFCST012021.aspx 23 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16889660.scottish-government-loses-vote-p1-assessments/ 24 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-49753980 25 https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,scottish-government-confirms-education-bill-shelved-in-favour-of-collaborative-approach_10489.htm 26 https://scottishlivingwage.org/living-wage-scotland-reflections-on-the-national-living-wage-increase/ 27 https://www.gov.scot/publications/local-government-finance-circular-5-2021-settlement-for-2021-2022/ 28 https://www.gov.scot/publications/towards-robust-resilient-wellbeing-economy-scotland-report-advisory-group-economic-recovery/pages/3/ 29 http://www.stuc.org.uk/files/Policy/Research-papers/Renewable_Jobs_Crisis_Covid-19.pdf 30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-5603798

 

28. There are 45,000 young people unemployed in Scotland following Covid-19 but the SNP young person’s guarantee only provided funding to create 18,000 job opportunities – offering support to only 40% of the young people who need it.3

 

Environment and Climate Change

 

 In 2016 the SNP promised to have the first low emission zone in place by 2018, but their delays to enacting the Transport Act means the first zones will not be in place before 2022 at the earliest.32 30. Since 2017, Nicola Sturgeon has promised the creation of a publicly owned energy company, but it has not got beyond the business case stage.33 31. After 8 rounds of funding the SNP have supported the purchase of only 53234 low emission buses, equivalent to only 12% of the Scotland’s total fleet. Continuing at this rate it will take 65 year before all of Scotland’s buses are low emission.35 32. The SNP has failed to protect wildlife. 49% of species have decreased in abundance, and there has been little change in the rate of decline over the last 10 years.36 1 in 9 species face extinction, including red squirrels, Scottish wildcats, and capercaillies.37 Scottish breeding seabirds have declined by 38%.38 A leaked Scottish Government report shows a 10 year target to prevent damage to marine wildlife has been missed.39 33. The SNP have slashed funding for major environment bodies – SNH, SEPA, Scotland’s Rural College, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.4

 

Transport & Connectivity

 

. Failed to deliver41 their promise42 of delivering superfast broadband to every home and business by 2021. 35. The SNP have presided over a catastrophic ferry building contract which has seen two ships delayed by four years and running at least £100 million over budget.43 36. Bus services have been dismantled under the SNP, with many local routes disappearing and passenger numbers down by 25% since 2007.44 37. The SNP’s own cycling targets45 have been missed – they promised that by 2020 10% of all everyday journeys would be made by bicycle but it has been stuck at 1% for the last decade and from 2009-2019, active travel and transport actually decreased.46 38. Glasgow airport is still without a rail link and after the SNP scrapped not one, but two proposed projects. 31 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2021/03/labour-market-statistics-for-young-people-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/documents/labour-market-statistics-for-young-people-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/labour-market-statistics-for-youngpeople-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/govscot%3Adocument/Labour%2BMarket%2BStatistics%2Bfor%2BYoung%2BPeople%2B%2816%2Bto%2B24%2Byear%2Bolds%29%2B-%2BJD20.pdf 32 https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/environment/low-emission-zones/ 33 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nicola-sturgeon-criticised-over-failed-pledge-to-deliver-public-power-company-hp7m7wpqv 34 https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/scottish-green-bus-fund/ 35 https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/scottish-ultra-low-emission-bus-scheme/ 36 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 37 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 38 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 39 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/04/leaked-report-shows-scotland-missed-target-for-marine-wildlife-protection 40 https://www.scotlink.org/funding-the-nature-and-climate-emergency-reversing-a-decade-of-austerity-for-the-environment/ 41 https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/scotland 42 https://www.snp.org/delivering-superfast-broadband-for-all-homes-and-businesses-in-scotland/ 43 https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/Committees/Report/REC/2020/12/9/5517356c-7b44-11ea-af53-000d3a23af40-1 44 https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-39-2020-edition-pdf-only/ 45 https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/10311/transport-scotland-policy-cycling-action-plan-for-scotland-january-2017.pdf 46 https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-39-2020-edition-pdf-onl

 

 

Housing 

 

The SNP were failing to deliver their promise of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021,47 even before Covid and in the end they missed they social homes target by over 22%.48 40. Their £60m First Home Fund was so inadequate that is closed to applications because it was exhausted only 5 working days after it reopened.49 41. The Fuel Poverty Bill failed to meet the ambitions of the SNP’s promised Warm Homes Bill, while figures show a quarter of households in Scotland are living in fuel poverty. Poverty & Social Security 42. The proportion of Scottish pensioners stuck in persistent poverty has increased under the SNP and is now higher than levels elsewhere in the UK.50 43. More than one in four (260,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty and more than two-thirds of children in poverty live in working households.51 44. Despite welfare powers being devolved to Holyrood the SNP have twice delayed taking over control of benefits, choosing instead to leave them the responsibility of the with the UK Government and DWP. 45. In 2015/16 the SNP cut funding for alcohol and drugs services and now Scotland has the highest drugs death rate in Europe; over 1,260 people lost their lives to drugs in 2019 alone.52 46. Food bank use has been rising, with the Trussell Trust recording a 75% increase in need in Scotland between 2015/16 and 2018/19.53 This pre-dates Covid-19, which saw further rises, and is a greater increase than in other parts of the UK. Meanwhile the SNP failed to introduce a Good Food Nation Bill. Justice 47. In 2007 the SNP promised to put more police on local streets but their centralisation of police forces has resulted in a reduction of over 500 local officers since 2017 alone.54 48. In the eight years since the creation of Police Scotland there have been at least four chairs of the Scottish Police Authority, three Chief Constables, and a recent independent report55 found serious flaws in Police Scotland’s misconduct proceedings, along with evidence of mistreatment of minorities across the institution. 49. In 2013 the SNP closed a fifth of all sheriff courts56 and following Covid-19 there is now a backlog of over 34,000 court cases to be heard.57 50. The Scottish Government’s flawed sexual harassment policy led to the concession of a judicial review, costing the taxpayer over £500,000 and failed at least two women who had raised complaints. 47 https://www.snp.org/policies/pb-what-is-the-snp-doing-to-boost-affordable-housing/ 48 https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-23rd-march-2021/ 49 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scotlands-first-home-fund-runs-23881865 50 https://data.gov.scot/poverty/persistent.html#All_individuals 51 https://cpag.org.uk/scotland/child-poverty/facts 52 https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/drug-related-deaths-in-scotland 53 https://www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats/end-year-stats/ 54 https://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/police-scotland-officer-numbers/ 55 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/11/review-calls-overhaul-scotland-police-complaints-system 56 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22215741 57 https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/aboutscs/reports-and-data/criminal-court-statistics/2020-2021/scts-quarterly-criminal-court-statistics---bulle

 

 

Poverty & Social Security 

 

 

The proportion of Scottish pensioners stuck in persistent poverty has increased under the SNP and is now higher than levels elsewhere in the UK.50 43. More than one in four (260,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty and more than two-thirds of children in poverty live in working households.51 44. Despite welfare powers being devolved to Holyrood the SNP have twice delayed taking over control of benefits, choosing instead to leave them the responsibility of the with the UK Government and DWP. 45. In 2015/16 the SNP cut funding for alcohol and drugs services and now Scotland has the highest drugs death rate in Europe; over 1,260 people lost their lives to drugs in 2019 alone.52 46. Food bank use has been rising, with the Trussell Trust recording a 75% increase in need in Scotland between 2015/16 and 2018/19.53 This pre-dates Covid-19, which saw further rises, and is a greater increase than in other parts of the UK. Meanwhile the SNP failed to introduce a Good Food Nation Bill.

 

 

Justice 

 

. In 2007 the SNP promised to put more police on local streets but their centralisation of police forces has resulted in a reduction of over 500 local officers since 2017 alone.54 48. In the eight years since the creation of Police Scotland there have been at least four chairs of the Scottish Police Authority, three Chief Constables, and a recent independent report55 found serious flaws in Police Scotland’s misconduct proceedings, along with evidence of mistreatment of minorities across the institution. 49. In 2013 the SNP closed a fifth of all sheriff courts56 and following Covid-19 there is now a backlog of over 34,000 court cases to be heard.57 50. The Scottish Government’s flawed sexual harassment policy led to the concession of a judicial review, costing the taxpayer over £500,000 and failed at least two women who had raised complaints. 47 https://www.snp.org/policies/pb-what-is-the-snp-doing-to-boost-affordable-housing/ 48 https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-23rd-march-2021/ 49 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scotlands-first-home-fund-runs-23881865 50 https://data.gov.scot/poverty/persistent.html#All_individuals 51 https://cpag.org.uk/scotland/child-poverty/fact

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55 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

Where did you copy and paste that from :lol: 


Good question. Is it factual though?
No way I’ve got the inclination to read through that. 😳

 

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15 minutes ago, Boy Daniel said:


Good question. Is it factual though?
No way I’ve got the inclination to read through that. 😳

 

It was certainly astonishing that James knew exactly where to find all that stuff :lol: 
Googling his backside oaf! 

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12 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

It was certainly astonishing that James knew exactly where to find all that stuff :lol: 
Googling his backside oaf! 


Let’s leave James’ backside out of this. I’m still recovering from his selfie on the Coronovirus thread 😳

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“In an interview with the BBC ahead of SNP conference this week, she said: "It is almost as if my opponents have concluded they can't beat me or remove me from office themselves, so they're kind of crossing their fingers and hoping that I'll remove myself from office.

But they are going to be really disappointed because I'm going to be around a lot longer.”

 

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2 hours ago, JamesM48 said:

There you go. ...

 

 

Health 

 

Instead of ending delayed discharge in 2015 like they promised, in 2019/20 it cost the NHS £139 million. 2. The SNP have broken their own legal Treatment Time Guarantee for patients over 380,000 times.1 3. The 62 day waiting time standard for urgent cancer referrals has not been met since 2012.2 4. 1 in 4 young people are still being rejected from specialist CAMHS services3 , almost three years after an external review called for rejections to end.4 5. The water contamination scandal at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital caused almost 40 infections in young cancer patients and the deaths of two children, but years on the families are still waiting for answers.5 6. The flaws in the construction of the delayed Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital led to the SNP paying £1.4million every month for an empty hospital which was not safe for patients.6 7. A decade of cuts has left the NHS with a maintenance and repairs backlog of £1.03billion.7 8. Increases to NHS funding in Scotland have failed to keep pace with those in England meaning Scotland’s health spending advantage has almost been completely lost.8 9. Life expectancy has stalled in Scotland and there is at least a ten year gap between the richest and poorest areas

 

Social Care 

 

The SNP have failed to deliver fair work in social care – nearly 1 in 5 workers are on insecure or temporary contracts and 15% of staff work unpaid overtime.10 11. As of January 2021, Scotland had the second highest rate of care home resident deaths from Covid-19 in Europe.11 12. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, 3,000 untested patients and 123 positive patients were transferred to care homes – Health Secretary Jeane Freeman admitted the SNP “failed” the social care sector.12 1 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/healthcare-resources/waiting-times/nhs-waiting-times-stage-of-treatment/ 2 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/conditions-and-diseases/cancer/cancer-waiting-times/ 3 https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/conditions-and-diseases/mental-health/child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs-waiting-times/ 4 https://www.gov.scot/publications/rejected-referrals-child-adolescent-mental-health-services-camhs-qualitative-quantitative/ 5 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19178500.glasgow-childrens-hospital-infections-led-death-two-patients/ 6 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-55996608 7 https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/nhs-in-scotland-2020 8 https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/15396 9 https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/life-expectancy/life-expectancy-in-scotland/2017-2019 10 https://data.sssc.uk.com/data-publications/22-workforce-data-report/239-scottish-social-service-sector-report-on-2019-workforce-data and https://www.fairworkconvention.scot/our-report-on-fair-work-in-social-care/ 11 https://ltccovid.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LTC_COVID_19_international_report_January-1-February-1-1.pdf 12 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-5668066

 

 

Education and Childcare

 

The number of full-time equivalent teachers in Scotland’s schools is 1,700 fewer than when the SNP assumed office in 2007.13 Additionally, more than 2,600 teachers have dropped or lost their professional registration over the last five years.14 14. The SNP’s failure to work with the SQA to create a credible and fair moderation system for exams in 2020 led to a grading system with inequality baked in and rushed u-turns from Ministers.15 15. Failed to deliver their planned childcare expansion on time after years of opportunity to improve childcare for families.16 16. There are 578 fewer specialist teachers for children and young people with additional support needs compared with 2012, despite a near doubling of those with ASN.17 17. The SNP have failed to get all primary 1 – 3 pupils in classes with 18 or fewer despite promising to do so.18 18. They failed to deliver on their commitment to close the attainment gap19 despite almost a decade and a half in government and Nicola Sturgeon saying it was her “sacred responsibility”.20 19. Students have been let down by the SNP scrapping their 2007 pledge to end student debt,21 and they failed to return college student numbers to 2007 levels.22 20. They failed to scrap the Scottish National Standardised Assessments for Primary 1s, as instructed by Parliament.23 21. Forced to scrap their flawed Named Persons legislation24 and permanently shelve their proposed Education Bill.2

 

Economy and Jobs

 

22. 350,000 people in Scotland still do not earn the Scottish Living Wage.26 23. SNP cuts to local government have stripped £937.5 million from non-ringfenced revenue funding. 24. The SNP have repeatedly broken their promise to scrap the “unfair council tax”.27 25. Before the pandemic, the Scottish economy had grown at roughly half the rate of the rest of the UK following the 2008 crash.28 26. In 2010 the SNP promised 130,000 green jobs by 2020 but instead the number of people directly employed had fallen to 21,400.29 27. The SNP’s mismanagement of Scotland’s manufacturing base has led to the loss of critical contracts and jobs in yards such as BiFab.30 13 https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-statistics-schools-scotland-2020/ 14 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19225695.covid-19-recovery-fears-thousands-teachers-quit/ 15 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18821236.coronavirus-scotland-john-swinney-let-exams-fiasco-fester/ 16 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18943671.scotlands-free-childcare-expansion-delayed-august-2021/ 17 https://www.thescsc.org.uk/coalition-raises-concerns-as-new-figures-highlight-slump-in-support-for-vulnerable-children/ 18 https://www.gov.scot/publications/summary-statistics-schools-scotland-2020/ 19 https://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/improving-outcomes-for-young-people-through-school-education 20 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-tells-record-readers-5757414 21 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18175231.student-loan-debt-triples-snp-despite-2007-manifesto-pledge-abolish/ 22 http://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications-statistics/statistical-publications/2021/SFCST012021.aspx 23 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16889660.scottish-government-loses-vote-p1-assessments/ 24 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-49753980 25 https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,scottish-government-confirms-education-bill-shelved-in-favour-of-collaborative-approach_10489.htm 26 https://scottishlivingwage.org/living-wage-scotland-reflections-on-the-national-living-wage-increase/ 27 https://www.gov.scot/publications/local-government-finance-circular-5-2021-settlement-for-2021-2022/ 28 https://www.gov.scot/publications/towards-robust-resilient-wellbeing-economy-scotland-report-advisory-group-economic-recovery/pages/3/ 29 http://www.stuc.org.uk/files/Policy/Research-papers/Renewable_Jobs_Crisis_Covid-19.pdf 30 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-5603798

 

28. There are 45,000 young people unemployed in Scotland following Covid-19 but the SNP young person’s guarantee only provided funding to create 18,000 job opportunities – offering support to only 40% of the young people who need it.3

 

Environment and Climate Change

 

 In 2016 the SNP promised to have the first low emission zone in place by 2018, but their delays to enacting the Transport Act means the first zones will not be in place before 2022 at the earliest.32 30. Since 2017, Nicola Sturgeon has promised the creation of a publicly owned energy company, but it has not got beyond the business case stage.33 31. After 8 rounds of funding the SNP have supported the purchase of only 53234 low emission buses, equivalent to only 12% of the Scotland’s total fleet. Continuing at this rate it will take 65 year before all of Scotland’s buses are low emission.35 32. The SNP has failed to protect wildlife. 49% of species have decreased in abundance, and there has been little change in the rate of decline over the last 10 years.36 1 in 9 species face extinction, including red squirrels, Scottish wildcats, and capercaillies.37 Scottish breeding seabirds have declined by 38%.38 A leaked Scottish Government report shows a 10 year target to prevent damage to marine wildlife has been missed.39 33. The SNP have slashed funding for major environment bodies – SNH, SEPA, Scotland’s Rural College, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.4

 

Transport & Connectivity

 

. Failed to deliver41 their promise42 of delivering superfast broadband to every home and business by 2021. 35. The SNP have presided over a catastrophic ferry building contract which has seen two ships delayed by four years and running at least £100 million over budget.43 36. Bus services have been dismantled under the SNP, with many local routes disappearing and passenger numbers down by 25% since 2007.44 37. The SNP’s own cycling targets45 have been missed – they promised that by 2020 10% of all everyday journeys would be made by bicycle but it has been stuck at 1% for the last decade and from 2009-2019, active travel and transport actually decreased.46 38. Glasgow airport is still without a rail link and after the SNP scrapped not one, but two proposed projects. 31 https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/statistics/2021/03/labour-market-statistics-for-young-people-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/documents/labour-market-statistics-for-young-people-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/labour-market-statistics-for-youngpeople-16-24-years-scotland-and-uk---january-2020-to-december-2020/govscot%3Adocument/Labour%2BMarket%2BStatistics%2Bfor%2BYoung%2BPeople%2B%2816%2Bto%2B24%2Byear%2Bolds%29%2B-%2BJD20.pdf 32 https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/environment/low-emission-zones/ 33 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nicola-sturgeon-criticised-over-failed-pledge-to-deliver-public-power-company-hp7m7wpqv 34 https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/scottish-green-bus-fund/ 35 https://www.transport.gov.scot/public-transport/buses/scottish-ultra-low-emission-bus-scheme/ 36 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 37 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 38 https://www.nature.scot/sites/default/files/2019-10/State-of-nature-Report-2019-Scotland-full-report.pdf 39 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/04/leaked-report-shows-scotland-missed-target-for-marine-wildlife-protection 40 https://www.scotlink.org/funding-the-nature-and-climate-emergency-reversing-a-decade-of-austerity-for-the-environment/ 41 https://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/scotland 42 https://www.snp.org/delivering-superfast-broadband-for-all-homes-and-businesses-in-scotland/ 43 https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/Committees/Report/REC/2020/12/9/5517356c-7b44-11ea-af53-000d3a23af40-1 44 https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-39-2020-edition-pdf-only/ 45 https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/10311/transport-scotland-policy-cycling-action-plan-for-scotland-january-2017.pdf 46 https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-39-2020-edition-pdf-onl

 

 

Housing 

 

The SNP were failing to deliver their promise of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021,47 even before Covid and in the end they missed they social homes target by over 22%.48 40. Their £60m First Home Fund was so inadequate that is closed to applications because it was exhausted only 5 working days after it reopened.49 41. The Fuel Poverty Bill failed to meet the ambitions of the SNP’s promised Warm Homes Bill, while figures show a quarter of households in Scotland are living in fuel poverty. Poverty & Social Security 42. The proportion of Scottish pensioners stuck in persistent poverty has increased under the SNP and is now higher than levels elsewhere in the UK.50 43. More than one in four (260,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty and more than two-thirds of children in poverty live in working households.51 44. Despite welfare powers being devolved to Holyrood the SNP have twice delayed taking over control of benefits, choosing instead to leave them the responsibility of the with the UK Government and DWP. 45. In 2015/16 the SNP cut funding for alcohol and drugs services and now Scotland has the highest drugs death rate in Europe; over 1,260 people lost their lives to drugs in 2019 alone.52 46. Food bank use has been rising, with the Trussell Trust recording a 75% increase in need in Scotland between 2015/16 and 2018/19.53 This pre-dates Covid-19, which saw further rises, and is a greater increase than in other parts of the UK. Meanwhile the SNP failed to introduce a Good Food Nation Bill. Justice 47. In 2007 the SNP promised to put more police on local streets but their centralisation of police forces has resulted in a reduction of over 500 local officers since 2017 alone.54 48. In the eight years since the creation of Police Scotland there have been at least four chairs of the Scottish Police Authority, three Chief Constables, and a recent independent report55 found serious flaws in Police Scotland’s misconduct proceedings, along with evidence of mistreatment of minorities across the institution. 49. In 2013 the SNP closed a fifth of all sheriff courts56 and following Covid-19 there is now a backlog of over 34,000 court cases to be heard.57 50. The Scottish Government’s flawed sexual harassment policy led to the concession of a judicial review, costing the taxpayer over £500,000 and failed at least two women who had raised complaints. 47 https://www.snp.org/policies/pb-what-is-the-snp-doing-to-boost-affordable-housing/ 48 https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-23rd-march-2021/ 49 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scotlands-first-home-fund-runs-23881865 50 https://data.gov.scot/poverty/persistent.html#All_individuals 51 https://cpag.org.uk/scotland/child-poverty/facts 52 https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/drug-related-deaths-in-scotland 53 https://www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats/end-year-stats/ 54 https://www.scotland.police.uk/about-us/police-scotland/police-scotland-officer-numbers/ 55 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/nov/11/review-calls-overhaul-scotland-police-complaints-system 56 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22215741 57 https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/docs/default-source/aboutscs/reports-and-data/criminal-court-statistics/2020-2021/scts-quarterly-criminal-court-statistics---bulle

 

 

Poverty & Social Security 

 

 

The proportion of Scottish pensioners stuck in persistent poverty has increased under the SNP and is now higher than levels elsewhere in the UK.50 43. More than one in four (260,000) of Scotland’s children are officially recognised as living in poverty and more than two-thirds of children in poverty live in working households.51 44. Despite welfare powers being devolved to Holyrood the SNP have twice delayed taking over control of benefits, choosing instead to leave them the responsibility of the with the UK Government and DWP. 45. In 2015/16 the SNP cut funding for alcohol and drugs services and now Scotland has the highest drugs death rate in Europe; over 1,260 people lost their lives to drugs in 2019 alone.52 46. Food bank use has been rising, with the Trussell Trust recording a 75% increase in need in Scotland between 2015/16 and 2018/19.53 This pre-dates Covid-19, which saw further rises, and is a greater increase than in other parts of the UK. Meanwhile the SNP failed to introduce a Good Food Nation Bill.

 

 

Justice 

 

. In 2007 the SNP promised to put more police on local streets but their centralisation of police forces has resulted in a reduction of over 500 local officers since 2017 alone.54 48. In the eight years since the creation of Police Scotland there have been at least four chairs of the Scottish Police Authority, three Chief Constables, and a recent independent report55 found serious flaws in Police Scotland’s misconduct proceedings, along with evidence of mistreatment of minorities across the institution. 49. In 2013 the SNP closed a fifth of all sheriff courts56 and following Covid-19 there is now a backlog of over 34,000 court cases to be heard.57 50. The Scottish Government’s flawed sexual harassment policy led to the concession of a judicial review, costing the taxpayer over £500,000 and failed at least two women who had raised complaints. 47 https://www.snp.org/policies/pb-what-is-the-snp-doing-to-boost-affordable-housing/ 48 https://www.gov.scot/publications/housing-statistics-scotland-quarterly-update-published-23rd-march-2021/ 49 https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scotlands-first-home-fund-runs-23881865 50 https://data.gov.scot/poverty/persistent.html#All_individuals 51 https://cpag.org.uk/scotland/child-poverty/fact

Yet, despite the shameful record and myriad broken promises throughout the last 14 years, people actually admit to voting for them because "they are the only vehicle" to achieve Scexit. 

Scotland, the politics and her voters, summed up in a nutshell.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Enzo Chiefo said:

 

Yet, despite the shameful record and myriad broken promises throughout the last 14 years, people actually admit to voting for them because "they are the only vehicle" to achieve Scexit. 

Scotland, the politics and her voters, summed up in a nutshell.

 

 

It’s a myriad of broken policies , gross incompetence and  I’ll thought  out ideas really . 

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48 minutes ago, jack D and coke said:

It was certainly astonishing that James knew exactly where to find all that stuff :lol: 
Googling his backside oaf! 

It’s the content which is important not that method on how I got it . 😂 it was quite easy to Google ! “ snp failed policies “ 

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1 hour ago, Boy Daniel said:


Good question. Is it factual though?
No way I’ve got the inclination to read through that. 😳

 

 

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36 minutes ago, Alex Kintner said:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-says-around-lot-25539215?fbclid=IwAR0X_qSLFskHnRCVDbCy33kRffsr6vl9-sPyvN3IQ5651qsF17nJn0yzJpM

 

“In an interview with the BBC ahead of SNP conference this week, she said: "It is almost as if my opponents have concluded they can't beat me or remove me from office themselves, so they're kind of crossing their fingers and hoping that I'll remove myself from office.

But they are going to be really disappointed because I'm going to be around a lot longer.”

 

:yas:

:glorious:

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8 minutes ago, manaliveits105 said:

What dates yon referendumb again ?

 

Waiting for enough nawbags to head for the creamy and Dungavel to empty out with enough 'New Scots'. They don't even hide it btw.

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21 minutes ago, manaliveits105 said:

What dates yon referendumb again ?

It’ll be strung out as long as possible as she knows it’s curtains for her when the result is in . The Indy ref for the SNP is like Europe was to the Tories . A “ giant “  killer . I expect a date will be be nearer 2024 , December time 

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