"Kirsty Blackman, an SNP MP, generated outrage last week after claiming that Scotland is paying to solve the UK's energy crisis through a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas giants.- The UK is currently gripped by a global fossil fuel energy crisis, a skyrocketing costs of wholesale gas have now been passed onto households in the UK, who will soon see bills rise to around £2,800 a year. After facing immense pressure from activists and the opposition, Chancellor Rishi Sunak by unveiling £15billion of measures to support vulnerable households, with every home set to receive a £400 energy bill discount.
This massive support package will be partly funded by a £5billion windfall tax on oil and gas giants, paid by large energy companies like Shell and BP, who enjoyed record profits in the past year."
"Writing in the Scotsman, Mr Carmichael said: "There is nothing progressive about saying that families in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must go cold and hungry because nationalism says that we should keep oil money here in Scotland."
"Labour MSP Colin Smyth demanded that Ms Blackman and the SNP apologise, saying: "Across the UK families have been plunged into unimaginable economic difficulty by rising energy prices."
"Children are going to bed hungry and families find themselves pushed to the brink. "But somehow the SNP still find a way to make this about the constitution."
Post by zenfootball2 on Jun 4, 2022 14:59:29 GMT 1
The SNP seems to also overlook the extra payments they recived during the pandemic.Scotland also benefit from the Barnett formula .
Scotland face a £3,5 billion funding black hole this is mainly due to the SNP's fiscal mismanagment and lack of oversight on numberous projects wich had resulted in huge overspends.as the article says "It means that hard choices are inflicted rather than self-imposed and incompetence can always be dressed up as martyrdom."
At First Minister’ Questions, Nicola Sturgeon duly claimed that Ms Forbes’ cuts are “the price that people across Scotland are paying right now for continued Westminster decision-making. As a result of UK Government decisions, our budget this year has been cut by more than 5 per cent in real terms.”
Later, in the exchanges with Douglas Ross, she repeated: “This year, because of Westminster Tory decisions, Scotland’s budget is reduced in real terms by 5.2 per cent.” On a further two occasions in that session alone, she quoted the same, false figure.
Anyone who wants the truth should simply go to the Scottish Parliament’s own website and find a graph headed “Scottish Government Core Resource and Covid-19 funding to 2024-25, in real terms”. Most of it is in purple but there are two peaks in yellow that indicate the additional Covid funding from the UK Treasury at the height of the pandemic.
The graph tells the truth – that the “core resource block grant” has increased substantially in 2022-23 while the only way in which a “5.2 per cent cut” can be claimed is by pretending that the additional Covid money was ever part of the normal budget. It wasn’t – not in Scotland, not in the rest of the UK, not anywhere in the world.
From Ms Forbes’ point of view, it is a necessary deception because there always has to be someone else to blame. That is fundamental to the nationalist credo.
Post by zenfootball2 on Jun 4, 2022 15:03:36 GMT 1
She is right that new fields will take years to come on stream and whilst we need to move away from carbon fuels this will not happen in the short term and it will take a transition period during which we need oil and gas .but recent events have highlighted the need for energy security.
www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/politics/scottish-politics/4041698/nicola-sturgeon-splits-on-oil/ "The first minister says more North Sea oil and gas production is not the solution to the energy crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Nicola Sturgeon rejected calls from Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross to maximise oil and gas drilling in the North Sea."The SNP leader said new oil and gas fields can take years to come on stream, as she called for financial support from UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak to shield households from rising energy bills."
Post by zenfootball2 on Jun 6, 2022 12:19:05 GMT 1
From the mail "Another political milestone was passed last month when Nicola Sturgeon became the longest-serving First Minister. Elected for the first time in November 2014, she was also the first woman First Minister. But is she becoming drunk on power?
I ask only because she is refusing to publish the findings of an inquiry into bullying allegations about one of her ministers — even though it was she who set up the inquiry. Two years ago, Fergus Ewing, the former rural economy secretary and a member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999, was accused of bullying three officials — a charge he vehemently denies. Sturgeon's inquiry into his conduct has concluded but, citing data protection issues, her government has not released the findings.
This is the same Sturgeon whose SNP, in 2020, demanded the publication of a report into the allegations Home Secretary Priti Patel had bullied her staff. The Scottish government said it would be 'a step towards clamping down on a wider pattern' of behaviour.
bruce2k: Hi guys, newbie here. Not sure how to create a thread if anyone can help?
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Pilch: thanks Shelton , if anyone needs to get an important message across to all members get in touch, obviously has to be more urgent that the forum itself
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sheltonsalopian: Fair play with the emails about the kick off time changing Pilch, didn't realise proboards was capable of it!
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Pilch: did I read the managers excuses ?, no I didn't , but lets just hope Elliot can start training in 2 weeks and then 5 weeks later be match fit. where does Ricketts come into this ? strange that
Jul 16, 2022 23:14:57 GMT 1
southshropblue: Pilch did you read the managers interview about Bennett? you might understand if you did (doctors advice was followed)-SR is long gone you would be happier if you just let it go
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Pilch: currently trending , boris sleazy thread , no one is excited though 😂
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Pilch: not listened yet, off this week but will catch up with it next week
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