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SNP blows make united Ireland claims look silly

Published 30/11/2015

Last week, writing in an Irish newspaper, Alex Salmond said that a united Ireland is as inevitable as an independent Scotland. Well, apart from the fact that they lost the referendum by a huge margin, Scottish independence got a lot less inevitable in the last few weeks.

We've had two MPs resigning the SNP whip due to investigations into financial practices, crises in our schools and NHS and several routs in UK parliamentary debates.

Then, Alex Bell, Mr Salmond's former chief policy adviser and key author of the independence White Paper, wrote that the SNP's model for separation is "broken", its approach to government "morally dubious" and "the fact is a gap exists - Scotland does not earn enough to pay for its current level of spending".

This former bastion of the SNP inner circle also said: "Posing as the defender of the poor against Tories when you have no credible alternative and don't bother to research one is arguably immoral."

Anyone looking to Scotland for reasons to hope for a united Ireland should look elsewhere. Stacked against it are 2.3 million voters and the SNP's own arrogance and incompetence.


Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

Belfast Telegraph

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