“Scotland yet again has another Tory leader it did not vote for”

Tuesday October 25th 2022

Colin Beattie MSP
Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

Scotland yet again has another Tory leader it did not vote for and the UK Government is led by another individual that only a very small fraction of our population got a say in. Democracy is at the heart of governing, and this is not it.

Democracy takes into account the will of the people. All people. In order to uphold one of the main principles our state relies upon, there must be a general election. It is a democratic necessity.

In the Tory leadership contest earlier this year we asked, ‘What will you do to tackle the cost-of-living crisis?’. At this Tory leadership contest we are asking ‘Will you make it to Christmas in power?’. We have seen the U-turns made by this current Tory government, crashing the economy in the process and slashing the only given support given to tackle the cost-of-living crisis in the same week Nicola Sturgeon outlined a coherent economic strategy for an independent Scotland.

As the Tories battle within their party for a new leader, the First Minister held a second summit with energy organisations and advice organisations and discussed further actions to support people and businesses through this emergency situation. The finite powers of the Scottish Government are being used to their full extent with further help being given to those households who need it the most. The December Bridging Payment has been doubled to £260 and around 24,600 children and young people will benefit from the Child Winter Heating Assistance payment which will be automatically paid to those eligible.

This support will be much welcomed but those who need it the most but solely, it is not enough to support households through this winter and beyond. Every penny and power Scotland holds has been used in the most meaningful and beneficial way it can. It is only with the full powers of independence Scotland can truly flourish and escape the chaos of Westminster.

Scotland should have a say on its future instead paying the price of being stuck in this shambolic backwards unrewarding UK system under Tory rule.

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