Ms Sturgeon faced confusions today over her domestic record as she pushes for independence. Sky News’ Sophy Strip asked: “I’ve been keen in this interview to look back at your transcribe in government because it matters. “You are asking the Scottish people to trust you to place an independent Scotland. You are clearly an exceptional communicator and have strong second ratings. “But, just look at the facts: record drug deaths after 14 years of an SNP administration, still big inequalities when it comes education, the highest rate of grief home deaths from Covid in the UK.”
Ms Sturgeon did take responsibility for the tranquillizer epidemic plaguing Scotland, admitting the SNP “didn’t get it right.”
But she insisted “big recuperation” had been secured on education despite inequality persisting.
One common analysis of the SNP is its record of broken pledges.
This has been a theme of the Scottish civil debate since 2009, when the party ditched its 2007 warrant to scrap council tax.
Then party leader Alex Salmond right away came on the receiving end of an onslaught.
Then Finance Secretary John Swinney lay the blame on the economic downturn, Westminster cuts and Holyrood arithmetic, but Labour needed it “the most humiliating climb-down since devolution” and evidence of a “government in meltdown”.
Iain Gray, Contractions leader at the time, added: “This is the biggest and most humiliating climbdown since devolution originated. They really now have none of their significant policies that they drew to the electorate intact. This is a government in meltdown.”
The Liberal Democrats who were in in behalf of of a local income tax, but want individual councils to be able to set their own measures, were outraged by the change. Finance spokesman, Jeremy Purvis, bid: “This is a gross betrayal of the people who voted for the SNP.”
But Annabel Goldie, Middle-of-the-roader leader, said: “We are relieved the SNP government has finally seen sense, realised it has disoriented the argument and ditched this tax on work.”
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The SNP also reneged on another 2007 toast – to “dump the debt” for students going to university “by meeting annual allowance repayments, reintroducing grants instead of loans and scrapping the graduate qualifications fee”.
However, Ms Sturgeon and her SNP colleagues have overseen an increase in overall learner debt in Scotland.
In the past year, the Student Awards Agency Scotland handy out over £500million of loans compared to £187million the year after the SNP’s 2007 win.
The prorate increase of student debt is now at over £5billion, the equivalent to around one sixth of the sound Scottish Government spend for a year.
Former Scottish Labour principal Richard Leonard raged at this in January 2020.
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He said: “We know that it is critics from the poorest families who are forced to borrow the most.
“First Clergyman, will you simply admit that the SNP misled students and will you apologise?
“How myriad generations of Scottish students have to go through university before this domination keeps any promise on support for student living?”
The First Minister vamoosed the allegation that student loans burden working-class students, alleging that debt figures in Scotland are “significantly lower” than in other for the sake ofs of Britain.
It is true that, while Scotland’s student debt has sky-rocketed in recent years, graduates north of the border take on an average of three once upon a times less student debt than their counterparts in England.
This was profiled in figures published by the Student Loans Company (SLC) earlier this month.
They revealed that graduates in Scotland on normally leave university with £13,890 of debt from loans.
Evaluators in Wales have an average debt of £24,960 and students who were look ating at English universities have to pay off an average of £40,280 in student loan difficulties.