July 20, 2024
The electorate is at last tiring of the Scottish Nationalists’ excuses for their own awful failures.

It’s over for the SNP, and voters have finally realised

At last the penny seems to have dropped. Hard evidence has emerged that voters have finally cottoned on to an awful truth – at least for John Swinney, leader of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland – that he can’t keep “passing the buck” and blaming London and other parties for the shortcomings of his own government.

The accusation came from a Glasgow mother who said that she was “sick” of him blaming everyone else, instead of accepting his responsibility for poor performances in wholly devolved areas such as education and health.

In the same BBC debate between Scotland’s political leaders this week, a young man in the audience joined in the criticism of the SNP when he expressed his “anger” at seeing boarded up businesses and the number of beggars in the streets, when all the nationalists could talk about was independence.

Swinney had sought to use the programme to defend his party’s record, blaming any deficiencies on the British government or other parties. But in the hour-long debate, this mother and young office worker separately demonstrated that Scottish voters are increasingly accepting that the SNP’s perpetual excuses are threadbare. The anger displayed may also be a confirmation of opinion polls, which suggest that Swinney’s party is heading for a major defeat on July 4.