After 10 years of SNP Government, Scotland has never been so divided as a nation, as a people. All this division has been a direct consequence of the SNP’s obsession for ‘Independence at All Cost’.
Even after a decisive No vote in the 2014 Referendum, the SNP is willing to continue and exacerbate these divisions by agitating for another Referendum when the last one was (in their own words) a once in a generation event.
Not only is this obsession causing fundamental damage to the unity of our nation, it is causing long-term damage to our economic prospects as mentioned below.
Public services under the control of the SNP are also significantly worse today than they were 10 years ago.
There is a far-reaching crisis in our GP system with early retirement and departures from the profession far out-numbering new recruitment and no effective plan in place to deal with this.
When the SNP took control in 2007 Scotland spent a higher share of its budget on health than England but this has been reversed over their 10 years in power.
Scotland’s education system has suffered equally. Over the last 10 years, the SNP has slashed the number of college places with 150,000 part-time places disappearing and a 41 per cent drop in the number of students aged 25 and over. The administration and supervision of the education system has been shambolic with the latest example being the SA having to reduce the pass mark for Higher Maths to 34%.
What signal does this give to the rest of the world about the quality of the Scottish education system and the Government supposedly in charge of it?
Other public services are in crisis mode. Since its establishment, Police Scotland has experienced a series of crises of mismanagement, operational problems, historically low levels of police morale and internal disagreements over how the force should be run. The support provided by the Scottish government has been appalling. Day-in, day-out our police officers place their lives on the line to protect the public but are time and again let down by amateur politicians in the SNP who are out of their depth and too stubborn to admit when they have got the wrong policy.
Finally, when an electorate makes an assessment of the SNP's performance, close scrutiny must be given the its economic policy.
The SNP came close to destroying the Scottish economy. It published an Independence Budget in September 2014, which if implemented through a ‘Yes’ vote would have resulted in Scotland generating a Budget Deficit of over £10 billion – similar in size to the budget deficit experienced in Greece.
Only the good sense of the Scottish people voting ‘No’ avoided this country having an economic crisis of Greek proportions.
Only the Scottish Conservatives will stand up and hold the SNP to account.