By Dillon Kennedy
Nicola Sturgeon alongside the co-leaders of the Scottish Green party, Patrick Harvie MSP and Lorna Slater MSP announced a historic alliance in Bute House, which will see the Green party come into the fold of government here in Scotland. The appointment of Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater means that the first minister is taking a massive gamble to gain a nationalist majority that risks people's jobs and the future prosperity of Scotland. She is bringing into the fray, radicals who will help build hope for a second divisive referendum. Unfortunately they will also be set to push for an extremist green agenda that will sacrifice freedoms and economic growth.
Looking back at the 14 years the SNP, in government, have proved themselves to be more aligned with the policies of New Labour using the occasional left-wing promises with a generally centrist agenda. The SNP Government's new partners The Greens are more committed to the Marxist view that wealth and economic growth are very bad things indeed. Businesses in Scotland should be nervous about this agreement as the Greens start to influence government policy in the direction they would like to influence it. Let's look at Nicola Sturgeon's recent attempt, to wash her hands of the responsibility for the exploration of the new Cambo oil field in the North Sea, and urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to do no more than reassess plans to extract oil, would have gone down like a ton of bricks with the eco hardline Greens. Looking at the Scottish Government's efforts to "kick start" the economy post covid by encouraging economic growth is unlikely to be embraced by the Greens, who believe in spending large amounts of the public purse but are not too keen when it comes to grasping exactly how the funds are generated. Whilst we are on the subject of money, the new cooperation deal that will see at least the two co-leaders of the Greens being offered government cars will see only a small fraction of public funding that the Greens received when as an opposition party.
The number of ministerial posts being offered to the Greens is less than a fifth of the total of ministerial posts available, the party will therefore receive most of the cash that previously went to them, amounting to hundreds of thousands of pounds during this parliament. This means a party that is unable, under the terms of their agreement with the SNP, to vote against the government, will receive taxpayers' money intended to support opposition parties. Doesn't make sense does it, surely they should give up the money intended for opposition parties as they have joined this coalition of chaos.
The SNP and the First Minister hope that this new arrangement will strengthen the case for a second independence referendum. The fact of the matter is that the constitution is not a subject which the parliament in Holyrood had responsibility for (by the way it doesn't), the makeup of the parliament remains the same as it did on the day after polling day in May. Holyrood cannot manufacture an imaginary mandate from the electorate by handing out a couple of ministerial posts to the fourth most popular party in Scotland. Aside from an opportunity to destroy and marginalize Alex Salmond and his new party Alba. This new working partnership between the Greens and the SNP won't offer much to Sturgeon other than an extra headache if the greens oppose a bill or disagree, which she could probably do without. It presents a real threat to Scottish businesses hoping that the Scottish government will do everything it can to grow the economy post-pandemic and focus on Scotlands recovery.