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Posted by Pete George on March 16, 2017
George Galloway on Scottish Independence, Tony Benn, and political future of UK.
Thanks for that Pete K, a good watch.
The fallout from Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement continues, and it isn’t good for her.
Sturgeon is already back-pedalling on EU Membership, now saying an independent Scotland will apply for the EFTA instead. This could be because of the Spanish Foreign Ministers comments yesterday, or it could be to appease almost half a million independence voters who voted for Brexit.
There are reports today that she would lose an independence referendum, but also that over half the population do not want a second vote. I think George Galloway, in the video above, put it well, it is a case of diminishing returns, and the more that they go to the polls the less likely people will be to vote for what they want.
More significantly the annual Scottish attitudes survey which has only just been released indicates a sharp increase in euroscepticism from last year, this is also not good news for Sturgeon as it could suggest that some of those that voted Remain (that she has been counting on for support for independence) may not have been wedded to the EU – as anecdotal evidence has suggested previously.
Today the Conservative Government had what should have been a humiliating backdown. In some ways it was humiliating, but not as much as it could have been.
The Chancellor has done a complete U-Turn on raising the National Insurance Contribution for the Self-Employed, this was announced today, and the PM should have been savaged by the opposition in PMQs, but from all reports it was a fizzer.
Today’s PMQs should have been the perfect opportunity for Corbyn to put the boot into the Conservatives and humiliate them after the U-Turn on the NIC, but as described by one person on twitter, he put in the single worst performance in PMQs history. When he first spoke, instead of asking a question he rambled on about the budget being bad, but didn’t go for the killer blow – or question. This left him wide open for Theresa May who stood up and started by saying that she didn’t think he had the hang of it yet as he was supposed to ask questions.
Corbyn has yet again shown himself to be out of his depth, and unable to think on his feet, or adapt to a changing situation. In his response to the budget he stuck to his pre-prepared speech and didn’t reference anything regarding the Conservatives broken pledge of not raising taxes, and today he couldn’t even get a decent hit on the PM over the U-Turn.
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