SNP ‘don’t have answers that are palatable’ says expert
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Nicola Sturgeon “refuses to answer questions on the border, the currency and the economics,” when it comes to her plans for an independent Scotland. Kevin Hague, who leads a pro-unionist think tank, issued a scathing rebuke of the SNP on the BBC this morning. He told the BBC’s Jo Coburn that Nicola Sturgeon’s independence arguments “rest on fact denial”.
Mr Hague, chairman of These Islands, clashed with Shona Craven, from the independence-backing newspaper The National.
He said: “The SNP don’t have answers that are palatable to the Scottish public when it comes to the question of borders, of currency and austerity.
“In fact, they are reduced to saying the Scottish Government’s official statistics on these issues are not true.
“Recent polling shows the majority of supporters of independence believe the Scottish Government’s own national accounts are made up to disguise Scotland’s true wealth.”
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Mr Hague continued: “If their argument rests on that level of fact denial, it will not survive a campaign!
“After 14 years of SNP rule, campaigning purely for independence, Nicola Sturgeon still cannot answer these questions.”
Ms Craven responded that Boris Johnson “made a huge tactical error” by coming out today to shut down demands for independence.
She then told Mr Hague: “To dismiss the Scottish public as stupid and ill-informed isn’t very democratic.”
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Mr Hague fired back: “None of those are words I’ve used of course. It is the typical argument from the nationalists.
“What we are asking the nationalists to do is be honest wit people of Scotland about the implications of Scotland being independence.
“Those are very real when it comes to economics!”
It remains unclear whether the SNP will secure a majority at Holyrood.
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On Friday, Ms Sturgeon played down the prospects of winning an overall Holyrood majority despite a late surge in wins for the Scottish National party.
The First Minister told reporters in Glasgow “a majority has always been a very, very long shot”.
Earlier this morning, Mr Johnson insisted there should not be another Scottish independence referendum as now is not the time “to be talking about ripping our country apart”.
Speaking to The Telegraph, the Prime Minister made it clear he would reject calls for a second Scottish independence referendum if Nicola Sturgeon secured another term in office.
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