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Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has just finished delivering her speech to the SNP’s virtual conference. It featured a strong argument for independence, but this was only one element of what she spoke about and much of it was focused on other policy issues, particularly those where she could draw a contrast between the SNP’s approach and Boris Johnson’s.
The full text of the speech is here. And here are the main points.
The evidence that independence works.
For countries of Scotland’s size, independence works.
The loss of more than £1,000 a year will be utterly devastating.
It will quite literally take food out of children’s mouths …
I hope it won’t be necessary for long.
But if the simple act of showing that we’ve been vaccinated helps keep businesses open and our lives free of restrictions, then I believe it will be worth it.
One of the most important events in the run-up to any Cop summit is what is called the Conference of Youth. It is a coming together of young people from 140 countries around the world, specifically mandated by the UN to set out their asks of world leaders.
The Conference of Youth, which is now 16 years old, has always been funded by the government of the UN member state hosting Cop. Except this year.
Brexit is a direct Tory hit on some of Scotland’s key strengths.
Our world-leading food and drink sector has been knocked for six.
Oppositions hungry to be in government are more effective.
And effective opposition matters in a democracy.