Scotland: Sturgeon threatens 2nd referendum, despite receiving £1600 per head annually from general UK funds

The Daily Mail reports today:

Nicola Sturgeon will warn David Cameron tomorrow that he will face further calls for a second independence referendum if he continues to ‘ignore the voice of the Scottish people’.

The First Minister is expected to confront the Prime Minister in face-to-face talks and will argue that he has ‘no mandate’ in Scotland.

In a show of defiance, she will set out a list of demands her army of new MPs will make at Westminster, including an end to austerity and more power for Holyrood [location of the Scottish parliament]

At the top of the list of further devolution will be employment policy, the minimum wage, welfare, business taxes, national insurance and equality policy, going far beyond the post referendum Smith Commission agreement to which the SNP signed up.

Note a report from DM on May 12:

Senior Conservatives are urging David Cameron to ‘call the SNP’s bluff’ by giving Scotland complete financial independence.

Cabinet sources say the newly re-elected Prime Minister should hand Nicola Sturgeon the full control of tax and spending that she insists she wants…

…The so-called Barnett Formula, which gives Scots an annual subsidy of around £1,600 per head, would end and some experts have warned that fiscal autonomy could leave an immediate £8 billion-a-year black hole in Scotland’s finances.

She wants to have her cake and eat it too. Kick them out.

This is ridiculous: The SNP received 4.7% of the UK vote overall. Because they are geographically concentrated, this gave them 56 seats in the UK Parliament.

UKIP received over 12% of the vote yet won just one seat. I think the UK’s political system is broken.

(See Wikipedia for election results).  And a big thanks to my three grandparents from the Highlands who left for Canada before WW I.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    What Katze said.
    Plus, I’m just as greatful that famine helped along by bad Engligh taxation policy drove all my Irish relatives to the New World, both Nova Scotia and Boston.
    Best inadvertent “favor” ever done!

    • tom_billesley

      Corn Laws and Potato Blight combined to starve out Ireland while English and Anglo-Irish landowners for the most part saw no reason to act.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Cue gratuitous sheep herder joke here.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Mine had to wait for two world wars to get their asses in gear.
      And I’m glad they did.
      Oh, and Cajuns are fuckers.

    • disqus_W6sf

      Yay Nova Scotia & Boston!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Go Red Sox even though they suck this year.
        Need pitchers.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          You bastards too!?
          Yeah, Nova Scotia to Boston.

          That must have been a popular route. One of my grandfathers escaped from an orphanage in Nova Scotia and made his way to Boston when he was friggin’ 9-years-old.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, mine had the foresight to land in Winnipeg, so…

  • tom_billesley

    Daily Record, Glasgow
    SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson Alex Salmond has blasted the UK government for refusing to take its share of the refugees invaders cast adrift in the Mediterranean by people smugglers. He said Britain should take its full allocation of 60,000 refugees invaders with Scotland accepting a proportionate share.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      And Scotland can accept all of them.

  • Martin B

    Devolution? They’ve devolved all right, past the vertebrate phylum all the way down to parasitic worms.

    From Adam Smith to Nicola Sturgeon, Wealth of Nations to socialist shit hole. Congratulations, Scotsmen!

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    The SNP are like the Parti Quebecois.
    Except, the PQ are realists now.
    They know they can’t afford to separate.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re a bizarre lot.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    People seem to forget that the Scots were never for the Conservative party. Remember this is the same Tory party that added 2 times to the US debt. It went from 750 billion to 1.5 trillion next year. People have had to suffer the brunt of the cuts and the cuts didn’t do anything. Britain is adding 1 billion pounds to the debt each week. So much for a fiscally responsible government but I feel that Scotland is the conscious of the nation since they are standing up for the little guy. Austerity is now going to rule in England in perpetuity. The point of government is not to serve corporate masters or special interests but to provide for full employment. Scotland is the conscious of the UK since they don’t want to have these savage cuts. They want to protect the NHS, tuition fees from going up, living conditions to improve, jobs to not be zero-hour contracts and no more trident. The Scots are right oppose these things. Labour was too neoliberal for the Scots.

    • tom_billesley

      The SNP approach to employment is ultimately to give everyone jobs in the public sector.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    In fact whichever government you look at in the West most are close to 100% of GDP worth of debt and yes even the UK which has had more conservative governments in its history. So I see no fiscal responsibility anywhere. The main reason why Canada has such a low debt to GDP ratio has to do with Canada having the Bank of Canada issuing money interest-free until 1974 thanks to M. King as our PM during the 30’s. So ya no government cares about debt. They talk a good game but they don’t care. They like to make careers out of being politicians.