We will under no circumstances put the Tories into government

The SNP can make Westminster rethink the disastrous commitment to austerity, writes Angus Robertson MP.

The SNP can make Westminster rethink the disastrous commitment to austerity

The upcoming General Election is arguably one of the most important Westminster elections Scotland has faced for many years. With austerity cuts impoverishing hard working families and children, and Westminster breaking its promise of ‘extensive’ new powers, it has never been so important that Scotland’s voice is heard loudly and clearly in the House of Commons.

Following the referendum, Scotland is informed and engaged like never before – with record voter registration, booming membership of the SNP and a new spirit of democratic engagement being felt in communities across the country.

This election offers a chance to make Scotland’s voice heard like never before – to unite as a country and ensure Westminster can’t ignore the growing calls for change in Scotland.

An empowered and assertive Scotland threatens the vested interests of the Westminster parties – who, as part of the establishment, have been used to being able to take Scotland for granted. The election in May is our opportunity to ensure there is no going back to business as usual.

Labour have taken the people of Scotland for granted for generations – and with their campaign rhetoric so far it’s clear they are trying to do so again.

They will trot out the same tired old mantra about voting Labour to keep the Tories out – but that argument is nothing less than an insult to the intelligence of the Scottish people.

Scotland voted Labour in huge numbers at the last General Election and we still ended up with the Tories – just as happened for four elections in a row in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

And instead of standing up to the Tories, Labour went into partnership with them in the referendum campaign – and after walking through the lobbies with them to vote for austerity cuts just this week, it’s clear that this toxic alliance is alive and well.

Left to their own devices, Labour have made it clear that they will continue with Tory cuts that hit hard working and vulnerable people hardest.

It is crystal clear that Scotland will need a strong team of SNPs MPs to ensure Scotland’s voice cannot be ignored – instead of the Labour MPs who meekly went along with George Osborne’s austerity plans.

Of course, there is a real chance that this time Scotland’s votes will count. A hung parliament is a real possibility – and it can be Scotland which holds the balance of power.

In that situation we have been absolutely clear – we will under no circumstances put the Tories into government.  And a strong team of SNP MPs will mean that Labour can’t take Scotland for granted any more.

Holding the balance of power, the SNP can make Westminster rethink the disastrous commitment to austerity which is hurting people in communities across the country– and pushing 100,000 more children in Scotland into poverty.

We can make them think again about putting a new generation of Trident nuclear weapons on the River Clyde – putting an end to the moral and economic disgrace of spending £100bn on weapons of mass destruction while more and more people in Scotland are forced to rely on foodbanks.

And we can hold Westminster to account on delivering the powers Scotland’s parliament needs to grow our economy and to tackle poverty and inequality – ensuring we finally have a package of new powers which meets the promises set out in the Vow.

Whatever the outcome of the General Election we know one thing for certain – Scotland only wins when the SNP wins.

The stronger we are at Westminster, the louder Scotland’s voice will be and the greater influence this nation will have – which the Westminster establishment simply won’t be able to ignore.

Angus Robertson MP is SNP Westminster leader and general election campaign director

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38 Responses to “We will under no circumstances put the Tories into government”

  1. Gary Scott

    I have to agree. Labour has moved away from being a party of the ordinary working people. I hope that Labour adopt, or should i say readopt, these policies. In a time when we have the deepest recession since the 1930s and the longest one ever known it simply beggars belief that ANY party should consider spending hundreds of billions of pounds on renewing nuclear weapons. SNP seem to be more Labour than Labour. Although undoubtedly good for Scotland, this scenario would benifit England greatly. An end to austerity choking the life out of the North of England. Places that were once England’s powerhouses have been stifled by Conservative and Lib Dem policies for too long. People are fed up taking the blame for the banksters. They got off scot free while we paid for their mistakes and frauds (no pun intended). UKIP are no alternative, they’re in the bankers pockets and have no political experience at all. Good luck to the SNP in the election, save us from those Tories and from the pretend Labour party!

  2. madasafish

    Let’s see: the Scottish economy depends upon oil. The oil price has halved in six months.

    And here we have a Scottish MP saying we need to spend more money.

    I assume he has found a money tree.. oh it’s called England…

    That will go down well.

  3. sarntcrip


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  5. Leon Wolfeson

    You say that now, but you’re a top-down party….I don’t trust that.

    And yes, right, Scotland and screw the rest…which plays strongly into a Tory alliance, since you could get that.

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    The SNP only look leftist because of Labor’s zombie-like march right. The SNP is a VERY broad church, and they’re not here to “save” anything, they’re here to bust up the Union.

  7. Guest

    No, you don’t, but what does that have to do with the rest of your post?

  8. treborc1

    To be honest none of the party have much to offer the disabled

  9. treborc1

    Well for looking left they have done a good job offering people a better chance of a better life,while labour with Murphy will offer what.

  10. Leon Wolfeson

    I’m not convinced the effort put into separation does much for the Scots, sorry.

  11. maltdram

    I am certainly an SNP member…however, for the first time in my ‘political-life’, Westminster involvement WILL mean something to our Scotland – so many non-SNP are intending to ‘lend-their-vote’ to our SNP, and that will make the necessary difference – at last, we will have real influence in the UK parliament ~ who can then blame Westminster once we regain our Independence?! Have faith, and we the Scottish people, will re-declare ourselves as free Scotland again!

    For Alba, Ewen Morrison

  12. LB

    The Tories if sensible dump the Scots. Let them have the tax. Let them borrow. But very simple. No bailouts. Let them grow up and tax responsibility.

    Very quickly Scotland would go all Greek.

  13. David Lindsay

    No need to offer the SNP anything, then.

    Just point out the fact that any other approach would be keeping the Tories in.

    The same goes for Plaid Cymru, and for the Greens.

    Their MPs will all stack up in the Ed Miliband for Prime Minister column, because they will just have to, since the only alternative will be the David Cameron for Prime Minister column.

  14. Maurice Slater

    Scotland isn’t the one with a 1.4 trillion debt and rising by the month, the truth is the longer we are part of the UK the more debt we get off you.

  15. Maurice Slater

    The UK has a 1.4 trillion debt it can’t repay no matter how much austerity it brings in now there is economic incompetence.

  16. uglyfatbloke

    Good point. The SNP is largely social democrat in inclination, but not all of it. The centre-right elements must surely have a degree of influence even if it’s under the radar.

  17. LB

    Several observations.

    You’re correct. It’s not a 1.4 trillion debt. It’s well over 7 trillion. You’ve forgotten the pensions.

    Next, you’ve got a Barnett formula share of the debt haven’t you?

  18. Gerald Keogh

    The Westminster crowd will try the old Referendum and some new dirty ways to stop the SNP gaining seats. It’s started already with no SNP leader allowed at the debate. However UKIP with only two MPS are to be afforded extra debate time while the leader of the six SNP MPS is denied any time what so ever. How fair is that !!!

  19. Gerald Keogh

    A first class comment, pack them all in and let them sink or swim lets see if the Scots can go it alone.

  20. Leon Wolfeson

    Right right, that evil dirty democracy.

    And the rules are that it’s for national parties. Don’t like it, get the rules changed rather than whining.

  21. Leon Wolfeson


    That and if you look at say Germany’s Die Linke, which is by European standards moderate leftist…and well to the left of the SNP….

  22. Guest

    You seek “influence” to undermine the UK, right.

    Keep hating the British, your “Westminster”

  23. Leon Wolfeson

    So? If the SNP can get what they want for Scotland out of Cameron..and it’s in Cameron’s long-term interests to dissolve the Union, as it isn’t Labour’s.

  24. Guest

    No surprise you whitewash the Scottish Bank issue.

  25. Gerald Keogh

    Leon, my

  26. Leon Wolfeson

    “Leon, my”


  27. Gerald Keogh

    Leon, my comment was not a whin whatsoever , only fact stating. Carry on with your good work, and watch your blood pressure with the likes of me.

  28. Leon Wolfeson

    You don’t see it as whining.

    And it ain’t blood *pressure* I need to watch, by my experience with the far right.

  29. Gerald Keogh

    Leon, laptop acting up twice, maybe a bit like you.

  30. Leon Wolfeson

    Stop throwing dirt around, at me, into your laptop, etc.

  31. Leon Wolfeson

    You’re showing a basic lack of economic competence yourself there – the clear evidence is that austerity does not save money, it’s actually very expensive.

  32. Gerald Keogh

    Leon, I am really sorry if I upset you, and please accept this as genuine. I shan’t bother you again. Happy postings for the future.

  33. John Little

    Gerald you are right it is ment to be a general election so the independence shouldn’t have anything to do with it as you also said witch I quite agree with the SNP has 6msps MPs and yet ukip has only the 2 so how can the say that the SNP do not count even when Cameron,clegg and miliband couldn’t do enough to keep Scotland part of the UK by saying we will give use this and that but we still haven’t got anything yet as per normal.

  34. Gerald Keogh

    We have no wish to undermine the UK. It is a fact that Scotland can govern better than Westminster Squandering our resources. All three major parties as quoted recently couldn’t run a bath

  35. Guest

    So you’re saying you have not made your post.

    You call it a fact that the UK is “Squandering” your resources.

    Keep saying that the evil British can’t run a bath.

    So you’re a liar.

  36. Gerald Keogh

    Leon, your opinion does not bother me because it’s all hot air. I already advised you that I would not bother you again, but you want to seem to be a martyr. I have no wish to waste my time with you, and ask you to respect this request.

  37. Guest

    Ah yes, other people’s opinions are “hot air”, as you ignore them, refusing to contaminate your precious brain with what other people write.

    You can’t challenge a single word typed, in other words – it’s dead-on true.

    And you are hence a liar, as you did reply to me, and are now trying to silence me because of your totalitarian views.

    You’re a good far right winger, Lord Blagger. Your hate for the UK is obvious.

  38. Guest

    So, you’re a liar who is happy he thinks he upset me, as you throw more dirt. Right. All of 4 days between posts, Lord Blagger, with that particular history-hidden alt account of yours!

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