Sturgeon must be ‘deposed’ to stop the SNP’s ‘nagging from the north

Nicola Sturgeon needs to be 'deposed' says Kavanagh

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Nicola Sturgeon must be removed as First Minister for Scotland to escape her party’s “appalling mismanagement” of the country, a political commentator has claimed. Former political editor Trevor Kavanagh has urged Scotland to “democratically depose” Ms Sturgeon, accusing the SNP of a constant “nagging from the north” over desires for a second independence referendum, all to the detriment of an ailing nation. Mr Kavanagh’s comments follow a disappointing day for the Scottish First Minister after the Supreme Court ruled that IndyRef2 would not be possible without the consent of the British Government, who have repeatedly blocked the chances of another vote. 

But hopes that the decision would put an end to what former prime minister Theresa May called the Scottish National party’s “obsession” with IndyRef2 have been thwarted after Ms Sturgeon announced she would now be pushing for a “de facto referendum”.

Mr Kavanagh said: “[Independence] is the only issue they have got in Scotland because everything else has gone pear-shaped – health, transport, the economy generally, the drugs crisis, and the number of people in jail. 

“I mean, it is the only bone they can chew on these days, so they are not going to let this go. 

“So long as Nicola Sturgeon is in office – it is about time someone did something to make sure she is democratically deposed – I think we are going to carry on having this nagging from the north.

“I think people are getting very sick of what is happening in Scotland, those of us south of the border and I expect those north of the border, too. 

“I mean, Scotland is going to the dogs in almost every single way under the SNP Government and they are simply trying to distract attention from their appalling mismanagement of the country.”

Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to use the next general election to try to win Scottish independence, demonstrating that she is not willing to give up hope for a second vote despite an unfavourable ruling from the highest authority. 

Judges at the UK’s Supreme Court announced their unanimous ruling on Wednesday, making clear the Scottish Parliament “does not have the power to legislate for a referendum on Scottish independence”.

Following the judgment, the obstinate Scottish First Minister said a special SNP conference will be held in the new year “to discuss and agree the details of a proposed de facto referendum”, using the next UK election.

She said: “No party can dictate the basis on which people cast their votes. But a party can be, indeed should be, crystal clear about the purpose for which it is seeking popular support.

“In this case, for the SNP that will be to establish – just as in a referendum – majority support in Scotland for independence so that we can then achieve independence.”

She said the SNP will also “launch and mobilise a major campaign in defence of Scottish democracy”.

Elsewhere, Scotland Secretary Alister Jack was repeatedly asked by SNP MPs what routes or scenarios there are under which he would agree to, or that would allow for, another referendum. 

Mr Jack said: “The route to a referendum is when there is consensus between governments, across political parties, and across civic Scotland, as there was in 2014.

“That is not the case now. Now the UK Government wants to focus on the Scottish economy, on creating freeports, on supporting people and the cost of living, and getting on with the day job, which is what I think the Scottish Government should do.”

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Put to him that former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher said Scotland has a right to self-determination, Mr Jack responded: “Less than a third of Scots want another independence referendum and less than a third of the Scottish electorate voted for the Scottish National Party. We just don’t recognise this mandate.”

Rishi Sunak, meanwhile, has said he will “look to” avoid another Scottish independence referendum while he is in office, Downing Street has said. 

Asked whether he could rule out another vote while he is in office, his press secretary told reporters: “I think that would be something that we would look to do.”

She stressed there has been a “once-in-a-generation referendum not too long ago and that result should be respected”.

Mr Sunak has no “imminent plans” to speak to the leaders of the devolved governments, and does not have “immediate” plans to visit Scotland, No 10 said. 

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