The SNP’s Achievements

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The magnificent Queensferry Crossing road bridge – paid by Scots money alone

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No government gets uncritical support especially one elected to govern a nation of hyper-judgmental, compulsive nit-pickers. We’re quicker to criticise than praise. But the SNP has a lot of accomplishments to chose from if you don’t like the ones they espouse.

Continually under attack by well-armed enemies of civil rights and democracy, I thought it fair to reproduce their achievements since they took office. We have an administration that has powers hobbled, deliberately so to keep control elsewhere, yet it has achieved a considerable amount never imagined by the rag-bag of opposition parties.

Scotiaphobes will dismiss the lot. But there’s one thing they can’t deny:  the SNP altered Scottish political life and discourse in a profound way – for the first time in 300 years we have a political party prepared to fight every inch to protect Scotland’s interests. We are empowered as individuals. Our voice matters. We’re heard, not treated as the herd.

Lists are tedious; so, they’re grouped into categories. By this method you can send it all to friends and doubters alike, or copy a section that you need.

In the beginning

  • Record funding for Scotland’s NHS, with the overall health budget at £13 billion in 2016 – over £3.3 billion more than when the SNP first took office.
  • Free, high quality childcare is increased to 16 hours a week for all 3 and 4 year olds, up from 12.5 hours (2007) extended to 2 year olds from low income households too.
  • Employment at its highest ever level. Latest figures, 2,636,000 people in work.
  • Pupils are achieving more than ever with a reformed curriculum, record exam passes and 93% of school leavers now going on to work, training or education.
  • Council Tax frozen saving the average Band D household £1,550 by April 2017.
  • 1.3 million older and disabled people benefit from free public transport through the National Concessionary Bus Travel Scheme – now extended to help disabled veterans.
  • Target to build 30,000 affordable homes exceeded – investment of £1.7 billion.
  • Free tuition maintained, saving students up to £27,000 compared to England.
  • Jobs and businesses protected from recession by cutting business rates for almost 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses.
  • 78,000 elderly benefit from access to a wide range of personal care without charge.
  • Recorded crime in Scotland has reached its lowest level in 41 years.
  • Free prescriptions protected, those with chronic conditions save over £100 a year.
  • Road Equivalent Tariff rolled out to all ferry routes in the Clyde and Hebrides, cutting fares by around 40%.
  • 178,000 low income households helped to buy essentials such as nappies, food and cookers through our Scottish Welfare Fund since it was established in 2013.
  • By keeping Scottish Water in public hands customers pay less for a better service – charges for the average household bill are £39 lower than in England and Wales. 

A healthier Scotland 

  • Free prescriptions for all. (In England you pay £8.40 per item.)
  • The number of nurses, doctors and dentists working in Scotland’s NHS increased.
  • NHS staffing is at record levels, up more than 11,500 under the current government.
  • Scotland’s A&E services are the best performing in the UK.
  • 95% of hospital day case and inpatients seen within 12 weeks last year.
  • Healthcare kept local. A&E units saved, children’s cancer services and neurosurgery units protected, and maternity units kept open.
  • Over £5 billion invested in Scotland’s health infrastructure since 2007, including the South Glasgow Hospitals and Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen.
  • Pay rises for our NHS staff delivered.
  • Nursing staff up to £714 a year better off than their counterparts in England.
  • Hospitals cleaner and safer. Cases of C. Diff and MRSA fall to lowest levels recorded.
  • Almost £40 million to raise public awareness of cancer, and catch it earlier.
  • Risk of cervical cancer cut by providing HPV vaccine for girls in 2nd year of school.
  • Scrapped parking charges at NHS-run hospital. Patients and staff save £25 million.
  • Highest number of GPs per head of the population in the UK; more practices are now open in the evenings and at weekends.
  • Scotland first country in the UK to have a mental health waiting times target.
  • Over £150 million invested next five years to improve mental health services.
  • 2.2 million more folk registered with an NHS dentist than when the SNP took office.
  • 98% of primary and secondary schools providing two hours of physical education a week – up from 10 per cent in 2005.
  • More funding provided to support carers and young carers; over 22,500 benefiting from the Short Breaks Fund.
  • Irresponsible alcohol discounts in supermarkets and off-licences banned.
  • Legal age for buying tobacco raised to 18.
  • Control of social care services budget through the Self-Directed Support Act.
  • Extra funding for Scotland’s veteran charities, ex-service men and women receive priority treatment in the NHS and other services.
  • Free childcare increased to 16 hours a week (from 12.5) for 3 and 4 year-olds. Also extended to 2 year-olds of low-income families.
  • Patient satisfaction levels are second-to-none.
  • £3.3 billion more given to our health system that when the SNP took office.
  • We’ve banned smoking in any vehicle carrying anyone under 18.
  • Everyone who uses social care services can now control their individual care budget through the Self-directed Support Act.
  • We’ve provided extra funding for Scotland’s veteran charities, and ensured our ex-service men and women receive priority treatment in the NHS and other services.

A smarter Scotland 

  • All children in primaries 1 to 3 – around 135,000 pupils – benefiting from free school meals, saving families around £380 per child per year.
  • The £160 million Attainment Scotland Fund improves literacy, numeracy and health and well-being for children in over 300 primary schools in deprived areas.
  • Spending per pupil is significantly higher here than south of the border – 9% higher per pupil in primary at £4,899, 12% higher per pupil in secondary at £6,738.
  • Investment of £1.8 billion and 607 school projects delivered.
  • 4,020 school children able to learn in dedicated Gaelic medium language classes.
  • The Disabled Students Allowance in Scotland protected and bursaries for students maintained, while the Tories abolished both elsewhere in the UK.
  • Education Maintenance Allowance in Scotland  expanded– scrapped in England – to support 57,000 school pupils and college students from low income families.
  • Over 119,000 full-time equivalent college places provided – exceeding 2011 manifesto commitment to maintain 116,000 places.
  • £530 million invested in college estates and state-of-the-art buildings in Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Inverness – plus £140 million for Fife and Forth Valley colleges.
  • Full-time college students benefit from the highest bursary of anywhere in the UK.
  • A record numbers of Scots supported into university. Young people from deprived areas more likely to study at university.
  • The poorest university students living at home benefit from a minimum income guarantee of £7,625 per year – the highest in the UK.
  • More women entering universities are choosing to study science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. They make up 48% of those gaining degrees.
  • Free tuition protected saving students £27,750 compared to England.
  • A 3-D printer given to every library in Scotland.
  • Head teachers given greater control of their schools – a large diversion of power to people welcome by teachers and parents.
  • Since 2007, number of female entrants in STEM subjects at Scottish universities increase by 26 per cent in first degree courses, 47 per cent in postgraduate courses.
  • Invested over £550 million in college estates between 2007 and 2015, £250 million more than the previous Labour/Lib Dem administrations.
  • Supporting £300 million of investment to deliver new campuses at City of Glasgow, Inverness and Ayrshire Colleges. And Forth Valley and Fife Colleges will share £140 million for new campuses too.

A wealthier Scotland

  • Scotland has the highest employment rate of the four nations in the UK, women and youth employment rates exceed those of the UK.
  • Typical pay in Scotland is now, for the first time, higher than in England.
  • Scottish economy has seen three years of growth up to the third quarter of 2015.
  • 186,855 young people took the opportunity to undertake a modern apprenticeship since 2007, and by 2020 a further 30,000 opportunities will be available every year.
  • Around 22,000 families supported to buy their own home through home ownership schemes – three quarters of them under the age of 35.
  • Councils enabled to build new homes– 5,292 council houses built since 2011.
  • 15,500 social houses for rent safeguarded by ending Right to Buy.
  • £500 million invested to stimulate conomic growth in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
  • £125 million allocated to Aberdeen to stimulate economic growth in the city, plus an additional £254 million for infrastructure projects in the North-east.
  • £60 million put towards a Town Centre Regeneration Fund.
  • £500 million spent on tackling fuel poverty, with one in three households helped to improve home energy efficiency.
  • Tax burden reduced on the sale of homes, with 93% of house buyers paying less than under UK stamp duty land tax or paying no tax at all.
  • The number of private sector businesses in Scotland at 361,345, the highest number recorded – productivity is up 4.4% compared to 0.2 per cent in the UK.
  • International exports increased by 36%. (2007 to 2014) £20.3 billion to £27.5 billion.
  • Tourism healthier with 15.5 million tourists visiting  in the year to September 2015.
  • Enterprise and development spending per head in Scotland is double that of the UK, and spending on research and development has increased by 44% since 2007.
  • Won new powers over tax and social security; protected Scotland’s budget from a £7 billion cut by the Treasury over financial arrangements enabling new powers.

A fairer Scotland     

  • More than 80% of Scots paid the Living Wage of £8.25 an hour. Scotland offers highest proportion of workers in UK at least a living wage.
  • In 2011, the first government in the UK to pay the Living Wage to its staff.
  • Poverty levels down. 260,000 fewer people in poverty in 2014 than in 2000.
  • Invested £90 million to ensure that no-one in Scotland has to pay the Bedroom Tax, protecting up to 72,000 households from threat of eviction or becoming homeless.
  • Over half a million vulnerable households – including over 200,000 pensioners and 86,000 single parents – protected from UK Government cuts to Council Tax support.
  • Almost 3,000 disabled people supported through the Independent Living Fund Scotland, set up after the UK Government scrapped its support.
  • Over 200 companies sign Scottish Business Pledge to boost productivity.
  • 54,000 new affordable homes built, and counting.
  • Number of days lost to industrial disputes down 84%, the lowest of any UK country.
  • Encouraging public, third, private sector companies to boardroom gender equality.
  • Nicola Sturgeon appointed first cabinet with an equal number of women and men.
  • Scotland is leading light on LGBTI equality, with progressive equal marriage laws.
  • Over £75 million has been spent since 2007 to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
  • A Lobbying Act that ensures big business interests are not given cover to sway decisions in their favour, but must have open, on-the-record meetings with MSPs.
  • Launched a £300,000 Sports Equality Fund with the aim of increasing women’s engagement in sport.

A safer Scotland 

  • Violent crime down 55%, homicides 51%, weapons/knife crime two-thirds.
  • £216 million invested in the creation of the new national police service.
  • The new Scottish Crime Campus provides a focal point for excellence in intelligence-sharing, evidence gathering and forensic science to tackle serious organised crime.
  • Since 2007, 1,000 more police officers keeping our communities safe. By contrast, police numbers south of the border have fallen to their lowest level in 15 years.
  • Automatic early release ended: long-term prisoners will serve their sentence in full.
  • Reconviction rate reduced to its lowest level in 16 years.
  • £75 million seized from criminals reinvested in community projects for the young.
  • HMP Grampian opened in March 2014 and HMP Low Moss opened in March 2012, two major parts of the prison building programme.
  • Access to air weapons tightened.
  • A record £33 million invested to tackle domestic violence against women and girls.
  • Access to justice for survivors of domestic abuse improved too.
  • Tackling sectarianism backed up with record investment.
  • The new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service created.
  • Scotland has the UK’s first national action plan on human rights.

Investing for the future 

  • £1 billion invested annually in public and sustainable transport to encourage people out of cars. Spending for safer walking and cycling at a record high.
  • Scottish Steel, Ferguson Shipyard, and the last remaining UK aluminium smelter in Lochabar – all saved.
  • The £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing built against Tory and Labour opposition.
  • Tolls on the Forth and Tay bridges abolished, commuters continue to save £184 a year crossing the Tay, £207 a year on crossing the Forth.
  • Borders Railway reopened, longest railway built in Britain in over 100 years.
  • £742 million Edinburgh-Glasgow rail improvements; widespread electrification of the network between the two cities, and to Stirling and Dunblane.
  • £3 billion to create 80 miles of dual carriageway on the A9 Perth-Inverness, £745 million to Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, plus M8, M73 and M74 motorway.
  • £170 million Aberdeen Inverness rail upgrade; new stations Dalcross and Kintore.
  • Contracts worth £97 million will protect the 150-strong workforce and create 100 new jobs at the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde.
  • Prestwick Airport saved from closure, safeguarding around 1,350 jobs.
  • £500 million a year to deliver high water quality, better environmental protection, and better service for customers. Scottish Water now UK’s most trusted utility.
  • £400 million to deliver superfast broadband to 95 per cent of properties across Scotland by the end of 2017.
  • Negotiating the renaissance of the UK’s only aluminium smelter in Lochaber, Fort William, creating over 600 new jobs, half in the smelter, half in services.
  • Baillieston to Newhouse motorway opened one week early and on budget.
  • The Borders Railway, the longest new domestic railway to be built in Britain in over 100 years, has reopened and welcomed over 1 million passengers in its first year.
  • A £5 billion investment programme in Scotland’s railways up to 2019 will deliver greener trains, new stations, new track upgrades, more seats, and more services.
  • £3 billion to dual 80 miles of carriageway on the A9 Perth-Inverness, £745 million for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, plus M8, M73 and M74 improvements.
  • Contracts worth £97 million will protect the 150-strong workforce and create 100 new jobs at the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde.
  • Exceeded the 2016 target to provide broadband access to 85 per cent of premises, and we’ll reach 100 per cent by 2021.

Empowering communities

  • The independence referendum was the biggest democratic exercise in our history.
  • The voting age for Scottish Parliament and local government elections permanently lowered to 16, starting from May 2016.
  • Fighting for LGBTI rights, plus secured best equal marriage laws in the world.
  • Local communities given a voice – backed up with £20 million funding – in the planning and delivery of local services through the Community Empowerment Act.
  • £9 million Scottish Land Fund helped 52 communities across the country purchase land. Over 500,000 acres now in community ownership – benefiting 71,000 people.
  • The ambitious Land Reform Bill introduced to transform rules around the ownership, accessibility and benefits of land in Scotland. More reforms to come.

A greener Scotland 

  • Renewable electricity output more than doubled since 2007, with renewables largest contributor to electricity generation in Scotland.
  • Our target to reduce energy consumption by 12% by 2020 exceeded, a 13.3% reduction between 2006 and 2013.
  • Scotland is on target to deliver world-leading climate reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020.
  • Moratorium on underground coal gasification and fracking.
  • Household recycling at its highest ever levels. 43% of household waste recycled.
  • Carrier bag use reduced by 80%. Bag charge raised £7 million for good causes.
  • Investment in flood defences and new measures in the Flooding Act.
  • Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to sign up to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; established the world’s first Climate Justice Fund.
  • Scotland became the world’s second Fair Trade Nation in 2013.
  • Helped make our communities safer from flooding; investment in flood defences and new measures in the Flooding Act. Agreed a new 10 year funding strategy for flood protection, consisting of £42 million a year, aiming to protect 10,000 families across Scotland.

Supporting rural communities

  • A record £1 billion invested in vessels, ports and ferry services since 2007 as part of a commitment to the islands and remote communities.
  • Residents of Caithness and north-west Sutherland, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are eligible for a 50% discount on air fares.
  • Created a key role in reforming EU fisheries policy to bring an end to the wasteful discarding of fish at sea.
  • With food and drink exports valued over £5 billion, and new jobs created in the sector by 2020, continued support to promote Scotland’s top quality produce.
  • Fares on ferry services frozen until 2017 for passengers, cars, commercial vehicles.
  • Opting out of cultivation of genetically modified crops in Scotland.
  • Scotland’s National Marine Plan to achieve sustainable development of our seas.

Enabling creativity and sport 

  • Free access maintained to museums and galleries, with 27 million visits to Scotland’s world class national collections since 2007.
  • Government provided support for Scotland to welcome the world in 2014, with the staging of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
  • £162 million pumped into Scotland’s screen sector since 2007.
  • £130 million invested in our cultural infrastructure – including revamped National Museum of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, the palace at Stirling Castle.
  • £16 million direct investment in Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals since 2008.
  • £25 million for the Victoria and Albert Museum of Design in Dundee.
  • The new Bannockburn visitor centre which opened in February 2014, and the creation of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire which opened in December 2010.
  • 1.5 million opportunities created for youth to take part in youth arts in 2015.

And finally

  • New powers over tax and welfare won, but vulnerable to Brexit fallout.
  • Scotland’s budget protected from a £7 billion cut by the UK Treasury.

As with infamous PFI contracted schools, no matter how good or bad you think life is in Scotland under whatsoever political party, we do not own our country. We rent it.

We pay direct and indirect taxes, and huge interest on debts to the UK Treasury we didn’t incur. Ownership comes when full independence is restored.

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118 Responses to The SNP’s Achievements

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  2. Alistair Black says:

    Excellent reading

  3. Grouse Beater says:

    In this case the elected administration did all the work, and often against all the odds. Then again, what’s new when it comes to moving Scotland forward? We are forever constrained.

  4. Marjorie McCance says:

    Excellent article. I recently joined the SNP and found myself voted in as the branch organiser. The first thing I asked was could we form into groups to use all our various skills, and the most important was to create a list of positive things which had occurred in Scotland, which would help us prove to former No voters that we did have politicians able to govern a sustainable Scotland.

    And here you have provided just such a list. This should be forwarded onto every SNP branch and any indy supporter to ensure we can debate with facts not emotions when attemoting to change a No vote to a Yes vote

    Thanks this is an enormous help.

  5. Grouse Beater says:

    Thank you, and welcome.

    The list is all the hard work of the SNP, often too much compromised forced to accommodate the other parties. They wanted to abolish student debt, but as a minority government had that voted down by their opponents. When they became a majority government they discovered the Barnett formula had diminished in real terms, unable to cover that policy. And their attitude to the arts – my specialism – while absolutely benign, is grossly short of money too, curtailing what Scotland can do in the way of major artistic initiatives.

    I will do my best to add to the list as policies are implemented.

    All that aside, I joined the SNP because I did not want to play Judas in a moment of weakness when confronted by the enemies of genuine democracy, the people who provide me with money for my projects.

    The time has come for everybody to return Scotland’s right of self-determination. The deadline to end rule by colonial mindset is long overtaken.

  6. C.B Gillon says:

    I presume there is a Scottish Hansard available, to allow the public to read the various Scottish Parliamentary and Government debates and decisions?

  7. Grouse Beater says:

    Of course. Just Google ‘Scottish Government’ and take it from there.

  8. Alex MacDonald says:

    Proud to have been an SNP member for well over 40 years, and even prouder of their achievements with the limited power they have.

  9. Grouse Beater says:

    The adversaries of democratic progress argued the SNP were incompetent, and after the SNP proved them fools the opponents of progress are intent on playing the fool by shouting the same lie.

  10. Well done, keep publishing we need to let everyone know and counter those who talk Scotland down.

  11. Grouse Beater says:

    Many thanks.

  12. patziwinter says:

    Good news is always welcome 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Grouse Beater says:

    And there’s more where that came from! 🙂

  14. Ali simpson says:

    I can see the snp gave you some help. A few white lies, the crossing is not on time. And the biggest one!!!!! How much debt have we accumulated?? With all our free give aways.

  15. Grouse Beater says:

    In reply to Ali Simpson

    I published your remarks because they’re a good example of the detestation some unionists have for the democratic process.

    First, every political party was against a second Forth crossing, except the SNP. It has cost £1.3 billion as predicted, exactly the sum the Labour party returned to the UK Treasury because – quote: “it couldn’t find anything to spend it on.” Unquote.

    Second, the crossing is mildly delayed, but within a delay time predicted.

    Third – and this really illustrates your ignorance – Scotland has NO debt. It cannot amass debt by law. We receive only an annual allowance from the UK Treasury. We have no borrowing powers. Scotland can only spend what it is given, despite giving the UK Treasury all it earns every year and getting a pittance in return.

    Please be advised, any more garbage from you will be deleted.

    I am not being rude, I am telling you I have no time to waste on time wasters.

  16. Excellent stuff. Well done!

    Some other health-related evidence. Apologies for overlap.

    Sources at: https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/2016/10/28/nhs-scotland-bucking-the-uk-trend-despite-media-attacks/ and more recent stuff at: https://thoughtcontrolscotland.com/

    NHS Scotland is demonstrably the best-performing in the UK and among the best in the World: Look at the evidence.

    Scotland has the best and still improving A&E performance in the World. (Royal College of Emergency Medicine and Holyrood.com 1, 2)
    Scotland has the most GPs per head of population in the UK and has had so every year since at least 2004. (Nuffield Trust 3)
    Scotland’s GPs feel the most-satisfied, the least over-worked and the least-stressed in the UK and perhaps in the World. (Commonwealth Foundation of New York 4)
    Scotland’s GPs are significantly more satisfied with the coordination across multiple sites and providers than in England. (Commonwealth Foundation of New York 4)
    94% of Scottish cancer patients rated care as ‘highly positive’ but only 61% of English cancer patients did so. (Gov.scot and NCPES 5, 6)
    Over 100 000 treatment delays caused by junior doctor strikes in England but none in Scotland (BBC 7)
    Bed-blocking in Scottish hospitals remains on a downward trend, with 7% fewer delayed discharges than last year. This is in stark comparison to other parts of the UK where the number of people delayed waiting to leave hospital is on the ris (Herald, Scotsman and Jersey Evening Post! BBC 8, 9)
    Scotland spends more per capita on health (Nuffield Trust, 10)
    Scotland, by contrast [with England], has abolished all vestiges of the ‘internal market’. (The King’s Fund 11)
    There is relatively little cross-border flow of patients from Scotland to England. (The King’s Fund 11)
    Scotland specifically embraces a philosophy of ‘mutuality’ between the Scottish people and the NHS. Internally it has a highly developed approach to partnership working between the trade unions and management. The partnership’s remit stretches well beyond terms and conditions to broader issues such as quality and the design of services. (The King’s Fund 11)
    Scotland has a long and honourable tradition of clinical audit that over the years, both before and after devolution, has helped inform the approach of the other countries. (The King’s Fund 11)
    Scotland appears to have made more progress [in developing integrated care], perhaps in part due to its relative organisational stability over the past decade (The King’s Fund 11)
    Scotland’s greater and earlier success in getting an electronic and shared summary care record in place, despite England investing vastly greater sums in its National Programme for IT (The King’s Fund 11)
    Public satisfaction with the Scottish NHS reaches as high as 74% in Scotland but only as high as 63% in England (King’s Fund, 12)
    Scottish nurses more confident in coping with demand than English nurses (OK I made that one up as I wait for the RCN to come clean on the data and confirm my guess)

  17. Grouse Beater says:

    Much obliged, John, for the update. Will incorporate what is appropriate when I have a free hour. 🙂

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  19. One for the doomsayers, well written and informative, if only I could only explain it so eloquently to the doubters.

    I congratulate you

  20. haha don’t mince yer words grouse beater.

  21. Grouse Beater says:

    The other guy is the one talking ‘mince’ William. 🙂
    You have to let repellent opinion know the strength of your conviction means that person’s ideology will always be miles away from you own.

  22. Grouse Beater says:

    Thank you, Kevin.
    It’s the one essay I considered least attractive to readers, a boring reference list, yet it gets a few thousand hits a week. That means I shall have to update it regularly. Gulp!

  23. Tommy says:

    If this is what Scotland can achieve when it is allowed by Westminster , just think how much more we can achieve when we gain our independence and not waisting money on illegal wars, nuclear weapons and aircraft carriers without aircraft!

  24. Grouse Beater says:

    Good point, though probably lost on both bright and slow witted unionists.

  25. M88 says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

    I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  26. Elizabeth H. Scott says:

    Yes. It is known as the Official Report

  27. Grouse Beater says:

    I’m almost famous. LoL. 🙂

  28. Simon says:

    The SNP are as deluded as they are incompetent. But then you’ll just delete this won’t you! That’s how the SNP propaganda machine works, “no dissenting voices” = no discussion allowed!

  29. Grouse Beater says:

    Trolls and abusive crapology get deleted automatically. I do not have to read it.

    Emotional outbursts hold no intellectual value whatsoever. Your comment is a stupid scream of hatred. It carries no considered thought, no evidence, and indeed illustrates perfectly that it is you, and people like, you who want to censor and control. Why you are fearful I have no idea, nor care.

    If you send another comment like it, it WILL get trashed.

  30. This is the kind of responses that are typical of unionists , so pleased that they are getting a True Picture of our Country, Thakyou for your hard work compiling SNP achievements.

  31. Grouse Beater says:

    You’re welcome. I keep trying to find an hour to update it, but I will do it. Scouts honour! 🙂

  32. Fiona says:

    Thanks for this. I was nearly been expelled from boarding school in England for wearing an SNP badge, sneered at frequently and told I’m delusional on many occasions. I recently moved to Norway from Edinburgh and now am asked why in earth didn’t Scotland vote for independence they would fare far better.

  33. Grouse Beater says:

    Hello, Fiona

    I used to have the same reaction from friends when I told them the people I deal with in London either ignored Scotland or dismissed Scotland as irrelevant.

    I don’t mean the person in the street. They are too busy getting through the day and making ends meet to worry about what happens here. The pity for them is so many believe the garbage fed to them about Scots being whingers. I mean the decision makers, from heads of institutions, broadcasting, the fashion makers, and of course politicians.

    Add to that, the inferiority complex so many ambitious Scots carry being subservient to the interests and mores and values of another country, and you wonder why the English feel Scotland is part of Great Britain. It’s then you realise how small would be England without Scotland.

    I like Norway and its people. Be happy.

    Warm regards
    GB

  34. Tommy Mcmillan says:

    With myself it’s not the avid unionists I tend to have a problem with they are unfortunately who they are and as empty heeded as they are will never change. But trying to explain the Scottish Government’s Successful achievements to the……..”I voted labour cos my dad did brigade” is my biggest fight.

    I’ve been an SNP activist for many years, and sat down these types that don’t even understand what being a unionist or a nationalist represents. I tried to explain why having your own mind when it comes to using that democratic thing called a vote is so important not to be simply given to a party your father voted for that are now 3rd in Scotland’s government.

    Come the council elections I hope we as a party highlight to these lost voters how wasted that vote to the Labour party is. Tell them the old saying…… don’t vote Labour for your dad, vote SNP for your children.

    We have to get the doubt out their heeds…….

  35. Grouse Beater says:

    With some, Tommy, it might be a life’s dedication!

  36. petetest2016 says:

    ..I’d be proud if my government had only achieved half of this list..

  37. Grouse Beater says:

    It’s a daily battle to resist creeping neo-liberal economic chaos, but it’s a battle worth fighting.

  38. WilliamRhodes says:

    Only party for Scotland

  39. trispw says:

    An absolutely grand piece of work which I will bookmark, refer to and quote from, if I may.

  40. Grouse Beater says:

    You’re welcome.
    I’ll add things as they transpire. One day it will read simply: “Self-governance reinstated”.

  41. Ros Gasson says:

    Very useful – thanks!

  42. Grouse Beater says:

    I trust so. Am up-dating as best as time allows. Haste ye back! 🙂

  43. strathedin says:

    I used your excellent list tonight…again… 😉 it’s quite a powerful tool, imho…but an update _would_be much appreciated…whenever possible 🙂

  44. Agnes Bain says:

    Wow. Really impressive everything the SNP have achieved, with so little power and budget cuts from the UK Government every year. Thank you for the list with headings. It makes for easier navigation on the topics. I will use these facts when I come up against some of the opposition to SNP. Thank you Grouse Beater.

  45. Grouse Beater says:

    Will do my best – I’m a self-employed working guy – but I’m amazed a boring list is so popular. Send it to others.
    Thank you.

  46. strathedin says:

    I already do…I have it saved for airing whenever necessary 😉

  47. broadbield says:

    This is an awesome list. Can I recommend Prof John Robertson’s blog? http://www.scoop.it/t/talking-up-scotland Each day he has several “good news” stories about Scotland and how the SNP are helping to make things better.

  48. Grouse Beater says:

    I check his site, and indeed have some additions from it for the list . 🙂

  49. I’m just trying to find the button to be able to follow this blog. Help!!

    As Stuart Campbell said in today’s National, these are going to be the vital sources of opinion and information that we need to get out there as we go for independence.

  50. Grouse Beater says:

    Hello, Donald. You’ve arrived at your destination, at the sat-nav says.

    I began my essay site, later discovered Stuart’s. In time I shifted to mainly weekend publications – with tweets every day drawing attention to various issues and developments. Publishing main articles at weekends allows me to get on with my day job, and to research and compose essay-length articles that take a wider view than a weekly news bulletin, some of historical content. (I’m always surprised how few knows so little of Scotland’s history and personalities. Anyhow, a weekend publication allows folk time to read at length and leisure. I do publish the occasional essay during the week, usually when something extraordinary has occurred, such as this week when May did her Chief Harpy number.

    To lighten the offering of polemic attainting civil rights, I publish film reviews on all sorts of film – my real job – and automobile news. There’s no advertising, and no one pays me. My motivation is radical change for Scotland’s good governance.

    I hope you find something I write of practical interest.

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