Sunday, December 15, 2019

On a Collision Course

In the aftermath of Boris Johnson’s landslide general election victory, Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon (right) had phoned him on Friday to caution him that he cannot expect to “bludgeon” Scotland into conforming to his world view. 

“I pointed out to him, politely of course after I congratulated him, that the Scottish Tories, having fought the election on the single issue of opposition to an independence referendum, had lost – lost vote share, lost more than half of their seats”. 

Sturgeon said: “It was a watershed election on Thursday and it’s very clear that Scotland wants a different future to the one chosen by much of the rest of the UK”.

Furthermore, “it couldn’t really be any clearer from the results of this election that Scotland doesn’t want a Boris Johnson government, it doesn’t want to leave the European Union and it wants to be able to determine its own future, whatever that future turns out to be”. 

Sturgeon reiterated that the UK should only continue to exist by consent – if the Scottish people want it to, that is. 

“This idea that the Tories can just say no and sort of imprison Scotland in a union against its will, I just don’t think will hold”, said the first minister. 

“So if Boris Johnson has confidence in the case for the union and the UK, and for Scotland staying part of that, he should have the guts to make that case and let people decide”. 

Sturgeon added: “There is no doubt that the prospect of a Boris Johnson government for the next five years is worrying for people. It’s a grim reality and in my view, it makes that case for Scotland being able to choose something different all the more urgent and all the more important”. 

Downing Street, on the other hand, had clarified in no uncertain terms that the prime minister (left) had used Friday’s call to make clear that he “remained opposed” to a second independence referendum. 

There's no doubt that Johnson’s intransigence on IndyRef2 has set him on a collision course with the SNP.

On Saturday, the Premier League leaders made it 16 wins out of 17 with a 2-0 win over Watford. 

A quick Liverpool counter-attack from a Hornets’ corner saw Sadio Mane play Mohamed Salah through, with the Reds forward cutting back onto his right foot and scooping the ball into the back of the net in the thirty-eighth minute. The Egyptian netted his second goal after substitute Divock Origi’s miskick fell to him, who then cleverly flicked the ball into the back of the net in the ninetieth minute to wrap up the game. 

Another three points. A clean sheet. Job done.

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