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Scotland’s Future

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 18th September 2013.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Actually, the words of Alex Bell that I preferred—I expect that this will be of more interest to those on the Labour benches—are:

“For many of us the nationalist case represents what the UK Labour party could be, if it had a spine”.

That is a phrase that I can agree with.

The reason why I quoted from the leaflet against women’s suffrage is that all progressive campaigns have faced these kinds of voices. The fact of the matter is that, just as those who said no to votes for women were wrong and just as those who said no to the establishment of this Parliament were wrong, so too today those who say no to independence are wrong and they will be proved wrong.

Johann Lamont criticised the First Minister for having campaigned for and believed in independence for 40 years. That comment said more about Labour than it did about the First Minister. Obviously, sticking to a principle that one believes in is an alien concept to people in the Labour Party these days.