• Callum Buchanan

Abolish Holyrood and Sort out the SNP's Mess

In the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, the No campaign won by a clear margin with 55% of the vote. The majority voted to remain British!

Seven years later in 2021 the SNP still don’t accept the result, and are still droning on about breaking up Britain. Little wonder that parts of Scotland are now demanding their own referendum on leaving the SNP’s banana republic and remaining part of the UK in the event of so-called ‘independence’. We can see this in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, which all voted No in 2014. They have been let down and lied to time and time again by the SNP administration at Holyrood. They have been denied a voice, starved of funding and denied the greater local autonomy they were promised.

Many of people in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland now express anti-devolution views. The Western Isles are run by the SNP and they are not listening to the people. In 2014, the Western Isles overwhelmingly voted to stay British yet are lumbered with an SNP administration at Holyrood. The islands of Orkney and Shetland are run by the Liberal Democrats who have been asking the SNP for funding for ages and they’ve hardly received a penny from Holyrood. The people in Orkney and Shetland, like the Western Isles, overwhelmingly voted to stay part of the UK in 2014.

In Aberdeen, Conservative councillors have had to write to the British government to bypass Holyrood and get funding directly from Westminster. If they succeed then other councils will do the same and write to the British government to bypass Holyrood and get the funding that Holyrood has failed to deliver to them.

Twenty years of devolution has caused this mess. Tony Blair is responsible for this; his New Labour government thought devolution was good for them because they thought they would get more votes and have lots of Labour safe seats at Holyrood. Yet now they have lost much of the support they used to have in Scotland. Devolution has caused the Scottish nationalists to get power and given them a platform to constantly push for another unwanted, divisive referendum. Nicola Sturgeon’s regime has gone on for far too long. It's time to say no more to Sturgeon's rule: it is time to abolish devolution.