The First Minister of Scotland, Alajv3, has reponded to a question posed by a Telegraph reporter about the recent manifesto launch of the Scottish wing of the Independent Social Democrats.
The Leader of the Scottish Greens, whose party is currently the minority government of the country, said that though he recognised that the Independent Social Democrat Candidate, Saunders16, did well in the recent Oxfordshire and Berkshire by-election, where Saunders beat the incumbent ContrabannedtheMC, founder of the People’s Movement, who Al’s party endorsed to win, by nearly 2,000 votes, he didn’t think they have a stable enough voter base in Scotland at this time for the devolved elections.
In reaction to the manifesto, which was launched on Tuesday Evening, the First Minister was “disappointed” that the Social Democrats want to repeal the Scottish Government’s controversial ban on private healthcare, citing that his party receives a “raise in a poll” when they talk about them and predicts that that particular policy “may be a loss” for them.
Despite this, the hopeful next First Minister admitted that he saw them as a potential coalition partner, on his belief that his party will be unable to get a majority, even if they wanted to, in order to “keep the work of a progressive Scotland going”, noting that the First Minister himself is a (small s) social democrat.
However, although he sees the SSD as better than some parties (presumably his primary opponents, Duncs11 and the Classical Liberals), he seemed to be annoyed by the fact that the Welsh Finance Minister (Saunders16) should tell the First Minister of Scotland what to do, and criticised him on account of Saunders’ coming from England and Wales and immediately launching an offensive against the Greens.
In all, the Holyrood Elections do seem to have a viable new contender on the stage, that, although possibly not this time round, but surely in future years, could transform the Scottish Political Theatre, by providing a strong centre-ground between the hardline unionism of Duncs’ delegation and the hardline nationalism of the Green Party.
Scotland’s election is one to watch closely this June.
The full text of Alajv3’s statment can be found here:
I have seen the SSD manifesto and while the SSD did get quite a lot of voters in OxBerk I think that it might take a while for them to gain a stable voter base in Scotland, but I might be wrong on this. I think that our voters may be disappointed in seeing that the SSD wants to repeal our nationalisation, it’s one of our key policies we have been working with for a while and we have seen a raise in the polls when we talked about them so that might be a loss for the SSD. Other than that I think that they are potential coalition partners, while we don’t agree on everything I am 100% sure that the Scottish Greens won’t get a majority (even if we wanted) and that we need to work with other parties to keep the work with a progressive Scotland going. I am a Social Democrat myself and I welcome that the Welsh Finance Minister have changed their mind and joined the better ideology. And the last thing I want to say is that while I do think that they probably are better for Scotland than some parties, I don’t think that a Welsh finance minister should come and tell me, the Scottish First Minister what to do. In a couple of terms when they are an established Scottish Party, fine, go ahead. But now, coming from England and Wales without having been a part of the Scottish Politics over the last years? No.Alajv3