Nicola Sturgeon savaged for pushing own 'selfish agenda' as she moves to 'shut down' jobs


The SNP leader used her speech in Glasgow to distance Scotland’s climate action from that of the rest of the UK and made little reference to targets set in Westminster. Referring to the fact Scotland – as a part of the UK – will be represented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the climate summit, she said “we are not an independent state, not yet”.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross has accused Ms Sturgeon of playing politics and distracting from the point of the conference – to unite behind a shared vision – for her own personal, divisive gain.

Mr Ross said: “Nicola Sturgeon was supposed to be speaking about climate change but once again, she made it mostly about the constitution.

“At the first opportunity she got, the SNP leader pushed her own selfish agenda to divide the country, instead of focusing entirely on COP26.”

Ms Sturgeon’s speech also highlighted the SNP’s shift from using North Sea Oil as argument for independence – her party having once boasted that “It’s Scotland’s Oil” – to wanting to wind down oil and gas exploration.

She described using oil and gas to help maintain energy supplies as “an approach that cannot be justified in the face of the climate emergency”, adding that “it can’t be justified economically either”.

Mr Ross was far from convinced by the SNP leader’s promise of a “just transition” ensuring the 71,500 Scots employed in the sector are not left without work.

“Oil and gas workers will be worried at Nicola Sturgeon’s latest rhetoric about the need for a more imminent shutdown of their industry,” he said.

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The latest statistics show emissions in 2019 were 51.5 percent lower than 1990 baseline levels.

This fell short of the target of a 55 percent reduction over the same period.

Emissions in 2019 year were lower than the previous year, but only because 2018 figures were revised up.

“Now that COP26 is coming to town are [SNP officials] bothering to accept they’ve not done enough and issue a so-called ‘catch-up plan’ at the 11th hour,” said Mr Ross.

The SNP leader of Glasgow’s council has also come under fire in recent days for failing to keep the city clean, despite the upcoming arrival of delegates from across the world for the COP26 conference.

Responding to reports of refuse workers being sent to hospital after coming across rats while on the job, Susan Aitken insisted that “all cities have rats”.

It appears, however, that Glasgow’s rat problem is more serious than that of most other major UK cities.

COP26 will begin on October 31 and end on November 12.



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