SNP & Nicola Sturgeon 'twiddling thumbs' instead of governing

  • Alfie Baron
Six months in power and the SNP haven't introduced a single piece of legislation! Nothing new has been presented to MSPs for consideration. In fact, it has been over a year since the SNP Government has introduced a new bill to the Parliament.

The only major piece of legislation the SNP seem interested in is the consultation on a draft Referendum Bill. This is despite Nicola Sturgeon committing to "closing the attainment gap" and stating that it is her Government's "number one priority".

The Child Poverty Bill was on the radar - but this only seems to be a short consultation paper which closed at the end of September.

The SNP set out its real priorities last week when it published its only major piece of legislation so far - a consultation on a draft Referendum Bill.

The absence of new legislation is in stark contrast to previous years - with most years since 2007 seeing at least 3 new pieces of legislation within the first six months of administration.

Scottish Conservative deputy chief whip Maurice Golden said: "The First Minister is twiddling her thumbs and focusing all her attention on a referendum on independence that the majority don't want."

Nicola Sturgeon's critics would like to see some progress in getting to grips with health service issues and closing the attainment gap.

There are fourteen bills highlighted by the SNP Government for introduction this year. There are now fears that these will have to be rushed through without proper care. The fourteen bills are:

Air Passenger Duty Bill
Budget Bill
Child Poverty Bill
Contract (Third Party Rights) Bill
Domestic Abuse Bill
Expenses and Funding of Civil Litigation Bill
Forestry Bill
Gender Balance on Public Boards Bill
Housing (Amendment) Bill
Islands Bill
Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Bill
Railway Policing Bill
Social Security Bill
Wild Animals in Circuses Bill

Last night Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said: "The SNP is doing everything we can to protect Scotland from the right-wing, hard Tory Brexit which will cost 80,000 Scottish jobs."

The Scottish Conservatives have detailed the legislation introduced in previous administrations and you can read it here.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.