ALEX NEIL MSP CALLS ON THE SNP TO WORK WITH ALBA TO ACHIEVE A SUPERMAJORITY FOR INDEPENDENCE
The SNP MSP for Airdrie and Shotts and former Cabinet Minister Alex Neil has called on the SNP to work in partnership with the new ALBA Party, led by Alex Salmond, to achieve a supermajority for independence in the Scottish Parliament elections on 6th May.
In a statement Mr Neil said:
“Since 2016 the SNP and Scottish Green Party have, between them, had a pro-independence overall majority of nine in the Scottish Parliament. Despite that there has been zero progress during the past five years in bringing about a second independence referendum. We cannot allow that situation to continue for another five years.
The experience of the last five years teaches us that a supermajority of pro-independence MSP’s will be needed to force Boris Johnson’s hand on the constitutional question.
Unfortunately, under the current system for electing the Scottish Parliament there is no realistic possibility of any one party winning such a supermajority by itself.
To achieve a supermajority requires all the pro-independence parties working in partnership together.
The self-interests of individual parties and personalities are secondary to the needs of the Scottish people. To advance our cause, we must act as a united front to maximise the independence vote in this election.
The SNP is the leading driver for constitutional change in Scotland, but to achieve our primary objective we must be big enough to work with others who are on our side.
In this election, it is clear in nearly every region of Scotland the SNP’s huge sway over such a large number of constituency seats means that it is impossible for it to win many list seats under the current system for electing regional MSP’s . In such circumstances it makes sense to have an agreement between the pro-independence parties to vote tactically to maximise the pro-independence vote.
Electing a supermajority of pro-independence MSP’s must surely be preferable to allowing anti-independence MSP’s to get in by default because the pro-independence parties haven’t supported each other.
We must all put our country, Scotland, first.”